Archive - 2016

Archive - 2016

November 30th

Epinephrine Increases Survival After Cardiac Arrest, Study Says

DALLAS – Dec. 1, 2016 –Hospitals in which the administration of epinephrine to patients whose hearts have stopped is delayed beyond five minutes have significantly lower survival rates of those patients, a new study led by a cardiologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center finds.

Using data from a large registry, the national team of cardiologists found that nearly 13 percent of patients survived cardiac arrest when epinephrine shots were given within the first five minutes of the heart stopping, compared to about 11 percent when the epinephrine was given after five minutes, independent of all other aspects of care.

November 29th

What to Know About Sudden Cardiac Arrest

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, based in Pine, recently published survey results showing that people are less concerned about heart attacks and episodes of cardiac arrest than they are about other, less deadly health problems. Few of the 1,200 people surveyed knew the difference between a heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest, estimated to be the third most-common cause of the death in the United States, after heart and disease and cancer, according to survey results. Mary Newman, the foundation's president and co-founder, provides more details below.

Why does sudden cardiac arrest get less attention than other leading causes of death and disability in the U.S.?

November 22nd

Maryland Non-Survivor Support Group

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November 21st

Memory problems

To the people that have memory problems: a couple years I went into cardiac arrest several times and was in a coma for a couple of days and I now have severe memory problems. I also get frustrated very easily and often have a hard time knowing which words to use when I talk. I understand that this is to be expected. My memory problems are so severe that I now am on SSD. Take care!

November 16th

West Penn Hospital to Provide Heart Screenings for Local Student-Athletes

Physicians at West Penn Hospital, part of Allegheny Health Network (AHN), are conducting heart screenings for dozens of local middle and high school student-athletes today in an effort to detect potential cardiac abnormalities, including enlarged

PITTSBURGH, PA--Physicians at West Penn Hospital, part of Allegheny Health Network (AHN), are conducting heart screenings for dozens of local middle and high school student-athletes today in an effort to detect potential cardiac abnormalities, including enlarged hearts, that are often the reason an athlete unexpectedly collapses on the court or field.

November 15th

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Is Not on Consumers' Radar, According to Research from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Presented at the AHA Resuscitation Science Symposium

Nearly 300,000 people die from sudden cardiac arrest each year in the U.S., but the life-threatening condition is not on consumers’ radar, according to a study by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, in collaboration with StrataVerve, presented at the American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium. Researchers found there is an urgent need to improve the public’s understanding of sudden cardiac arrest and the fact that immediate CPR and use of defibrillators can restore life.

November 13th

Drone Delivery Could Shave Crucial Minutes off the Median Ambulance Response Times in Both Rural and Urban Regions

NEW ORLEANS, LA--Drone delivery could shave crucial minutes off the median ambulance response times in both rural and urban regions.
When a person goes into cardiac arrest, every passing minute hurts their chances of survival. Now, a group of University of Toronto researchers want to use drones to deliver life-saving automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) rapidly and directly to homes.

8 Times Dead

I'm writing this blog because I feel like I need to chronicle my experiences and clear my head. I occasionally can't sleep (like tonight) as it all plays in my head too loudly so I find writing it down has helped.

So, these are the stories of the 8 times I died.

1 :: Train Station :: 20 years old

November 12th

Marijuana Use May Be Linked to Temporarily Weakened Heart Muscle

Study Highlights

November 11th

CPR from Bystanders Associated with Better Outcomes After Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest in Pediatric Patients

Receiving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from a bystander – compared with not – was associated with better overall and neurologically favorable survival for children and adolescents who had out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. The study is being presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016.

Every year in the United States, more than 5,000 children experience out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) and the outcome is generally poor, with a mortality rate greater than 90 percent. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends conventional CPR for pediatric cardiac arrest. However if the bystander is unable or reluctant to perform rescue breathing, the AHA recommends compression-only CPR (COR), noting that delivering COR is better than no CPR.

Mission & Vision

The mission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is to prevent death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest. The vision of the SCA Foundation is to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and influence attitudinal and behavioral changes that will reduce mortality and morbidity from SCA.

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