Archive - Jan 2017

Archive - Jan 2017

January 26th

AHA Releases Latest Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics

DALLAS, TX -- There are more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) annually in the U.S., nearly 90% of them fatal, according to the American Heart Association’s newly released Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics - 2017 Update. According to the report, the annual incidence of EMS-assessed non-traumatic OHCA in 2015 is estimated to be 356,500. Estimates also suggest 7,037 children suffer OHCA each year.[1]

January 25th

Getting To The Heart Of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Olympic skater shares his heart-stopping experience and what you should know about new implantable heart devices

Even a fit and healthy professional athlete can suffer from sudden cardiac arrest—but a look at Olympic skater Paul Wylie’s story may help to shed some light on what you need to know about the latest advancements in implantable heart devices that protect against sudden cardiac arrest and treat other irregular heart rhythms.

January 23rd

Two Treatments Yield Similar Outcomes in Children After In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

No differences in neurobehavioral function between children in two temperature treatment groups a year after suffering from cardiac arrest in a hospital setting

ANN ARBOR, MI -- Emergency body cooling does not improve survival or functional outcomes in children who experience in-hospital cardiac arrest any more than normal temperature control, according to a multicenter study led by the University of Michigan and University of Utah.

Whole body cooling (therapeutic hypothermia) involves strictly controlled lowering of a patient's body temperature below the normal range in hopes of reducing brain injury.

Current guidelines recommend using either therapeutic hypothermia or actively maintaining body temperature within the normal range. Researchers found that both treatments helped control fever and led to similar outcomes in young patients.

Hi! New to the group- but here's what happened to me

On may 16, 2014.. I woke up, at age 45 ( just turned- my birthday was April) put on my favorite suit to go to work. I thought I was in the best shape of my life, altho under quite a bit of stress. At 2:20 pm- I remember clutching my chest (my hear. Felt like it was out of control and spinning). I remember telling my coworker that "oh my god this can't be good" - next thing I remember was days later waking up in ICU of a cardiac specialty hospital. By the grace of god I worked in a hospital- a smaller community one- and dropped right in front of the respiratory office. 50 feet from the emergency room. It took 4 attempts at DEFIBRILLATING me. The doctor said if that happened even in the parking lot o would not have survived. I went back to work far too soon, as I work right in the same area it happened- plus my face required 17 stitches to piece my lips back together as well as knocking out my front teeth. At first I felt so lucky- like I was invincible!!!!

January 22nd

Texas Two Step: Save A Life Campaign 2017

Dr. Oz joins medical school students and others to save lives by teaching free, Hands-Only CPR during weekend event in 11 Texas cities

January 19th

Wyoming Student CPR Bill Wins Senate Committee Endorsement

CHEYENNE, WY -- A Senate committee on Friday endorsed a bill that would require Wyoming students to receive basic instruction in CPR before they graduate high school, with one proponent saying that the bill would create "generations of life-savers" if it becomes law.

The Senate Education Committee unanimously supported an amended version of the bill, Senate File 82. It now goes to the Senate floor for debate.

The proposal requires all high school graduates to receive basic instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of automated external defibrillators. Students would not graduate without taking the course.

January 18th

Olympic Athletes Have Heart Problems, Too

Some Olympic athletes could be at risk while training and competing because of heart defects or dysfunction that they may not even know about, Italian researchers say.

About 4 percent of the Italian athletes studied over a 10-year period with MRI and CT scans as well as electrocardiograms (ECG) had cardiovascular disorders – a higher proportion than researchers expected to find.

“Even though it’s a small percentage with abnormalities, the implications can be huge,” said lead author Dr. Antonio Pelliccia, scientific director of the Institute of Sports Medicine of the Italian National Olympic Committee in Rome. “Athletes may be healthy, but they may not be safe from certain risks such as sudden death syndrome.”

International Organizations Endorse AMSSM Position Statement on Cardiovascular Screening

International Organizations Endorse AMSSM Position Statement on Cardiovascular Screening

LEAWOOD, KS -- Multiple international medical societies have endorsed the "AMSSM Position Statement on Cardiovascular Preparticipation Screening in Athletes: Current Evidence, Knowledge Gaps, Recommendations and Future Directions."

Researchers Find That Electrical Function May Be Restored In Damaged Heart Tissue

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--A Dalhousie Medical School researcher has discovered that scar tissue, like that caused by a heart attack, can maintain electrical function in damaged regions of the heart.

January 16th

NCDR Study Shows High Survival Rate For Elderly Patients With ICDs

Almost 80 percent of patients over age 65 who received an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) after surviving sudden cardiac arrest or a near-fatal arrhythmia survived two years, according to a study published Jan. 16 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Frederick A. Masoudi, MD, MSPH, FACC, and colleagues used data from ACC’s ICD Registry to examine 12,420 Medicare beneficiaries undergoing an ICD implantation after surviving sudden cardiac arrest or a near-fatal ventricular arrhythmia, between 2006 and 2009 in almost 1,000 U.S. hospitals.

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