Archive - 2016

Archive - 2016

October 9th

Emotional Upset and Heavy Exertion May Trigger a Heart Attack

Study Highlights

  • Experiencing anger/emotional upset or heavy physical exertion appears to double heart attack risk.
  • Being angry or emotionally upset while engaging in heavy physical exertion appears to triple heart attack risk.
  • The findings do not negate the benefits of appropriate, regular physical activity in preventing heart attacks.

DALLAS, TX-- Being angry, emotionally upset or engaging in heavy physical exertion may trigger a heart attack, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

October 3rd

Gaining ground on AED comfort

While participating in a recent forum discussion in which a member suggested adding AEDs to public transport vehicles, I was driven to an article on Mass Transit Mag (here) that covered that exact topic. It was interesting to learn just how far we've come in making AEDs more available, but also how far we still have to go.

October 2nd

Kathryn Koenig Elected to Serve as Board Chair

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is pleased to announce that Kathryn (Katie) Koenig has been elected to serve as Chair of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Board of Directors.

Koenig is Senior Vice President of Transformation at ATI Physical Therapy in Bolingbrook, Illinois. In her role, Koenig is responsible for strategy development and implementation of key strategic initiatives.

Most recently, she served as Vice President of Strategic Planning for the University of Chicago Medicine. In this role, Koenig managed strategic planning processes, business analytics and the implementation of strategic initiatives. 

September 29th

American Heart Association Publishes Policy Statement Advocating for Cardiac Emergency Response Plans in K-12

Only four states mandate school planning for cardiac arrest although 7,000 children annually have out-of-hospital cardiac arrests

September 27th

Rep. Murphy's Training in CPR Helps Save Man's Life

WASHINGTON, DC--Tim Murphy’s doctoral degree is in psychology, not physical medicine, but that didn’t stop the congressman from stepping in to help resuscitate an unresponsive man found in a Capitol Hill elevator Wednesday.

The Republican from Upper St. Clair was with aides waiting for an elevator near his office on the third floor of Rayburn Office Building late Wednesday afternoon. When the elevator doors opened they found a Capitol mail clerk unresponsive on the elevator floor. He had no pulse and he was bleeding from a head injury apparently caused when he collapsed, Mr. Murphy said.

September 26th

EMS Added a Telephone Coach and Bystander CPR Rates Nearly Doubled

WASHINGTON, DC--After Korea added a nationwide dispatcher-assisted cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) program for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, rates of bystander CPR nearly doubled, according to the results of a study published online last week in Annals of Emergency Medicine ("Impact of a Dispatcher-Assisted Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Program and Location of Out-Of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest on Survival and Neurologic Outcome").

California to Provide CPR Training to Most Students

DALLAS TX--Over the weekend, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that will require CPR training for a majority of the state’s high school students.

Although the California law falls short of the American Heart Association’s efforts to get states to provide CPR training to all high school graduates, AHA volunteers cheered the new law, which will result in about 270,000 of the 377,000 California high school graduates each year being trained in CPR.

“So many lives have been saved because of the heroic act of bystanders who performed CPR,” cardiothoracic surgeon Kathy Magliato, M.D., said in a news release.

“With CPR in Schools, we have the opportunity to create a generation in which teens and young adults in California are trained in CPR as part of their health education and prepared to save lives,” said Magliato, an AHA Western States Affiliate board member.

Calif. Governor Signs Bill to Provide CPR Training in High Schools

SACRAMENTO, CA--Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1719 to teach cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in schools into law. The new law, authored by Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona), makes California the 35th state to provide CPR training in high schools, along with Washington, D.C.
“As an Emergency Medical Technician for over 30 years, I know that CPR is one of the most important life skills a person can have,” said Assemblymember Rodriguez (D-Pomona), author of AB 1719. “By teaching CPR in high school, we are sending students into the world with essential, life-saving skills.”
High schools that require a course in health education for graduation will begin to offer instruction in performing CPR in the 2018-2019 school year. Students can be taught the fundamental life-saving skill of hands-only CPR in 30 minutes or less.

September 24th

My Story this year.

When I was 40 I had 3 minor heart attacks and had been on medication ever since. I thought i was doing well.
Recently had started to get angina after eating so had booked in to get an angiogram done.

Went on holiday to Queenstown New Zealand and on my 2nd day we walked up to some chairlifts so we could go down a luge from the top. I had done the same trip the day before and gone to a restaurant up top with no problems.

Apparently I collapsed on the concrete path waiting to get our tickets. Basically heart stopped. The attendance inside the ticket booth were trained in CPR. Spent about 6mins on me and then used a defibrillator and managed to resuscitate me.
By then the fire brigade had turned up and then the ambulance. My heart stopped again on the way to hospital and they had to use a defibrillator on me again. I was flown by helicopter to Dunedin hospital.

September 22nd

My cardiac arrest story

It a Saturday May 14 2016 .I don't recall any of what happened my family has been my memory, we were having a yard sell and I was helping out then went into the house my daughter's and our exchange student left to go around town and my son stayed to shower, I sat in my chair and when he came out I was gray and foaming at the mouth he and a family friend Tina started CPR Jordan my son did compression with Tina for 15 minutes until EMT arrived I was shocked 3 times in my house and on ambulance I died 3 times .was put on life support for 4 days then came out of my coma had a ICD implement 6 days later .my memories are gone can only recall certain things .I love my family for all they have done , can never repayy son and family friend .

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