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February 26th

Pacemaker Function May Be Impacted By Electric Appliances; Tools

Study Highlights
  • Electric and magnetic fields generated from everyday household appliances, electrical tools and more, used in very close proximity to the body, can interfere with the ability of pacemakers to regulate patients’ heartbeats.
  • Dedicated device programming, e.g. sensitivity level, is an effective measure to reduce the individual risk of interference.

DALLAS, TX -- Electric and magnetic fields (EMF) generated from everyday household appliances, electrical tools and more, used in very close proximity to the body, can interfere with the ability of pacemakers to regulate patients’ heartbeats, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

February 21st

Athletic Trainers' Society of NJ Urges Sports Programs to Prepare Guidelines for Emergency Planning and Management of SCA in Athletics

Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is the leading cause of death in young athletes! To manage SCD during athletic practices and competitions, many health-related organizations including the Athletic Trainers' Society of New Jersey (ATDNJ) have issued management guidelines.

TRENTON, NJ--Along with Valentine’s Day, February marks American Heart Month, a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health. In addition, it is a time to prepare your organization for the possibility of a cardiac emergency.

The Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey (ATSNJ) is urging sports programs to prepare comprehensive guidelines for emergency planning and management of sudden cardiac arrest in athletics.

February 20th

More States Add CPR Training In Schools, But National Requirement Is Needed

Lindsay Davis, a former Miss Ohio, is an advocate who helped in the passage of SB252  “Lindsay’s Law” in the Ohio state legislature with Sen. Cliff Hite. – a law that requires all coaches and teachers to undergo education on the symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest. She is currently working to get other states to pass a similar legislation in addition to a law that requires CPR training as a high school graduation requirement. Davis was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy at age 17. She previously wrote for USA TODAY Sports on this topic and a bill that would require all coaches and teachers to undergo education on the symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest.

February 19th

Athletes Will Get Improved Heart Screenings Thanks to New ECG Guidelines

This week new international standards have been published which will help doctors responsible for the cardiovascular care of athletes.

LONDON, UK--Sudden cardiac death is the leading cause of mortality in athletes during sport. The majority of disorders likely to cause cardiac problems can be suggested or identified by ECG (electrocardiogram) testing, but doctors in this field must be fully aware of the latest ECG interpretation guidelines.

In addition, athletes' hearts can be outside normal parameters, and it is important that accurate knowledge is disseminated so that athletes aren't unnecessarily advised to abandon a sporting career.

February 14th

Shock From Heart Device Often Triggers Further Health Care Needs

Study Highlights

Help Raise Awareness About Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Create a Short Video for a Chance to Win a Defibrillator

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and the Citizen CPR Foundation are jointly conducting a video contest to raise awareness about the importance of bystander CPR and use of automated external defibrillators to help victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Entries for the video contest are due October 23, 2017.

Sudden cardiac arrest is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. The sudden, unexpected, pulseless condition strikes about 1,000 people outside hospitals each day and less than 10 percent of victims survive.

February 13th

How Devices in Public Places Can Restart Hearts

Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops pumping blood. It can happen to anyone, at any time, and signs include sudden collapse and immediate loss of consciousness.

Unlike heart attacks, which are caused by a blockage in an artery to the heart, sudden cardiac arrest is caused when the heart’s electrical system malfunctions. This produces abnormal heart rhythms (called arrhythmias) that make the heart unable to pump blood, explains Oscar Tovar-Calderón, MD, a medical officer at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

If cardiac arrest does occur, rapid treatment with a medical device called an automated external defibrillator, or “AED” for short, can be life-saving.

Orange County Fire Rescue Launches Lifesaving Apps With Technology to Help Keep Hearts Healthy

UCF partnership encourages students and community members to get the apps and save a life

ORLANDO, FL--This Valentine’s Day, during American Heart Month, Orange County Fire Rescue partnered with the University of Central Florida (UCF) to launch two lifesaving apps - PulsePoint Respond and PulsePoint AED. The apps support first-responding agencies like Orange County Fire Rescue by encouraging CPR-trained citizens to respond to sudden cardiac arrest incidents as emergency crews are en route. The partnership to launch the technology at the University was a natural selection. In 2015, the UCF student body was devastated by the loss of Michael Namey, a student who collapsed on campus and later died after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest.

Got AED? Check Out this American Heart Month Promotion

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and Enerspect Medical Solutions have joined forces to lead the AED Readiness Project, a national initiative to improve access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in locations that might otherwise lack opportunities to acquire the lifesaving devices.

February 11th

Bill Would Require CPR Training for South Dakota High School Students

It takes an average of 10 minutes for a first-responder to arrive to an emergency after dialing 911 in South Dakota, according to the American Heart Association. In rural areas, it can take even longer.

So if a person experiences sudden cardiac arrest, either response time is long enough to have fatal consequences.

South Dakota legislators will try to address part of that issue this week when they consider Senate Bill 140, a proposal to require all South Dakota high school students to take a course in “hands only” cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, prior to graduation. Students would also receive instruction in the use of automated external defibrillators, or AEDS.

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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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