Archive - 2016

Archive - 2016

August 29th

Use of AED Revives Carrollton Teen Who Collapsed at School

CARROLLTON, TX--A seventh grader from Carrollton is recovering after she went into cardiac arrest and collapsed during volleyball practice, and the fast actions by her coaches helped save her life.

"One of the last things I remember is hearing breathing in my ear and looking over at my friend and that's it," Amanda Marquez said.

As she lay lifeless on the gym floor, her family says three coaches and the principal at Creek Valley Middle School sprang into action, doing CPR, dialing 911 and using an automated external defibrillator – or AED – to jump start her heart.

August 27th

Traffic Accidents Increased by 50% in Patients with ICDs

ROME, ITALY--The risk of traffic accidents is increased by 50% in patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) compared to age and gender matched controls, according to a Danish nationwide registry study presented at ESC Congress 2016 today.

“Driving after ICD implantation is an area of great debate and concern for both doctors and patients,” said lead author Dr Jenny Bjerre, a physician at Herlev and Gentofte University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark. “Our study provides contemporary data suggesting that the risk of motor vehicle accidents is in fact increased following ICD implantation when compared to controls.”

August 24th

Creating a New Generation of Lifesavers

Slow but steady progress

Thirty-four states and the District of Columbia now require CPR-AED education before high school graduation. More than two million students will be trained annually as a result. A list of states and the number of students who graduate each year is provided below.

States that do not have laws requiring CPR-AED education include Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wyoming.

Rachel's El Camino: It's not just a walk!

Hello fellow SCA survivor's and ICD recipients!!

The 25th Anniversary of my SCD will be this December. To commemorate this achievement, I will be walking over 500 miles on - the centuries old spiritual pilgrimage trail - the El Camino de Santiago, starting in France, and ending at the sea in Spain.

I was 33 yrs old when I experienced my initial SCA, and spent 47 days, in 2 hospital, and 3 different states. I experienced temporary blindness ,and lasting visual impairment as a result of oxygen deprivation to the brain. Like many of you, it is a miracle we are alive.

Back in 1992 there was no literature that dealt with the psychological impact of adjusting to this life changing event, so I wrote the book titled SUDDEN DEATH: A Survivor's Story, that was published in 2000. For about 2 years I was honored to be a guest speaker at various medical venues across the country, where I shared my unique experience with medical professionals ,and ICD recipients.

August 23rd

The Day I Woke Up to a Real ‘Life’ Medical Emergency

The Day I Woke Up to a Real ‘Life’ Medical Emergency
2016
by Connie Hansen
On the morning of July 4th, while vacationing in Ludington, MI. with family and friends (at a resort with cabins on Hamlin Lake), I woke to my husband Mark gasping for air. I knew something was very wrong but not sure what was happening. I could not get him to wake up, a seizure perhaps? Seconds later I ran to the nearest cabin to instruct our friend Heather to dial 911, her husband Eric (an Air Force Medic) races back with me to find Mark now on the floor face down in a fetal like position, hardly breathing. Eric rolls Mark his back and straightens him out as best he could. Mark stops breathing. Eric initiates mouth to mouth. Seconds later my brother-in-law Erik (same name) darts in the room (news traveled fast). Erik is a Police officer/Medic/Fireman.

August 22nd

Researchers Create Model to Predict Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Based on 12 risk factors, researchers say risk for sudden cardiac arrest could be predicted.

PHILADELPHIA, PA--Each year more than 300,000 Americans will succumb to out-of-hospital sudden cardiac death (SCD) – the immediate and unexpected cessation of the heart’s ability to function properly – one of the leading causes of death in the United States. For the first time, a team of researchers led by Rajat Deo, MD, MTR, an assistant professor of Cardiovascular Medicine in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has developed and validated a prediction model to determine sudden cardiac death risk in adults without a history of cardiovascular disease (CVD). This research is detailed in a paper published in Circulation.

Knowing the Signs and Reducing the Risk

Steve Englert’s link to Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a bit different from others featured on this site. Steve is not a survivor. He has not suffered an SCA.  He has not had to be rescued by heroes with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or an automated external defibrillator (AED.) Steve got involved with the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation because of his risk of SCA.

August 18th

Genetic Tests for Potentially Fatal Heart Anomaly Can Misdiagnose Condition in Black Americans

Genetic testing has greatly improved physicians’ ability to detect potentially lethal heart anomalies among asymptomatic family members of people who suffer cardiac arrest or sudden cardiac death.

But a study from Harvard Medical School published in the Aug. 18 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine shows that over the last decade these lifesaving tools may have disproportionately misdiagnosed one cardiac condition — hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) – in black Americans.

HCM, which affects one in 500 people, is an often-asymptomatic thickening of the heart muscle that can spark fatal arrhythmias in seemingly healthy young adults.

August 14th

AED Accessibility a Barrier During Cardiac Arrest

Operating hours of public AED locations not considered when placing devices - See more at: https://www.acc.org/about-acc/press-releases/2016/08/15/13/56/aed-accessibility-a-barrier-during-cardiac-arrest?w_nav=S#sthash.Ga1xgJJo.dpuf
Operating hours of public AED locations not considered when placing devices - See more at: https://www.acc.org/about-acc/press-releases/2016/08/15/13/56/aed-accessibility-a-barrier-during-cardiac-arrest?w_nav=S#sthash.Ga1xgJJo.dpuf
Operating hours of public AED locations not considered when placing devices - See more at: https://www.acc.org/about-acc/press-releases/2016/08/15/13/56/aed-accessibility-a-barrier-during-cardiac-arrest?w_nav=S#sthash.Ga1xgJJo.dpuf

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August 12th

Cardiac Emergency Response Planning for Schools Published in School Nurse Journal

In 2015, the American Heart Association assembled a group of stakeholders from several organizations, including the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, to develop tools to assist schools in establishing cardiac emergency response plans. Led by co-chairs Kathleen Rose, RN, and Monica Goble, MD, they prepared “Cardiac Emergency Response Planning for Schools: A Policy Statement.”

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