Archive - 2017

Archive - 2017

December 5th

Abnormal ECG Findings Are Common in NBA Players

New research finds that about 1 in 5 professional basketball players had abnormalities on their electrocardiograms (ECGs), some but not all of which were explained by changes in the shape and size of their hearts as a result of athletic training.

Life-Saving Automated External Defibrillators Installed in All Residences

AEDs installed in McMaster University residences

Over the last few months, McMaster has made enhancements to on-campus safety with the installation of 28 new automated external defibrillators (AED) across campus.

These portable devices are to be used in instances of sudden cardiac arrest, a condition in which the heart suddenly stops beating.

Until recently, bystanders assisting a person in sudden cardiac arrest on campus would only be able to perform CPR until emergency responders arrive. With every minute of sudden cardiac arrest leading to a 10 per cent reduction in survival rates, seconds count and a shock can stop the clock.

December 4th

Newborn Screening for Congenital Heart Disease Is Associated With Decrease in Infant Cardiac Deaths

According to a new study by Rahi Abouk, PhD, William Paterson University, and colleagues, statewide implementation of mandatory policies to screen newborns for the most serious congenital heart defects was associated with an estimated decrease in infant cardiac deaths. Congenital heart disease accounted for 6 percent of U.S. infant deaths from 1999 to 2006. In 2011, critical congenital heart disease was added to the U.S.

ILCOR Releases First Annual Consensus on Science and Treatment Recommendations

The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) has initiated a near-continuous review of cardiopulmonary resuscitation science that replaces the previous five-year cyclic batch-and-queue approach process. The first of an annual series of International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science With Treatment Recommendations summary articles has been published in Resuscitation. More...

Red Cross Using New Tech-Enhanced CPR Training Device to Save Lives

WASHINGTON, DC--Pump the Chest. See the lights. Save a life. That is the premise for the latest American Red Cross training device, a CPR manikin called BigRed™. The BigRed manikin is equipped with three interrelated sets of lights that provide immediate feedback on how an individual is performing CPR.

Meet BigRed here.

November 30th

Best first response: Putting the pieces together

A couple of heart-related local news stories came up the other day and I was struck again by the importance of AED’s and the factors that come into play in determining whether or not an SCA crisis has the best possible outcome. Usually it seems that most of life “out there in the big world” is beyond our control, but there are some crucial pieces of the emergency response puzzle that make a huge difference in life or death outcomes of SCA events. Working individually and with our communities, we can take concrete steps to improve survival rates for SCA right where we live!

A TRAINED FIRST RESPONDER

November 28th

Survivors and Families Invited to Participate in Facilitated Discussion in Hospitality Suite During ECCU 2017

PITTSBURGH, PA--A hallmark of the Citizen CPR Foundation’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU) conference, scheduled for December 5-8 at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans is a track devoted to sudden cardiac arrest survivors, family members, and rescuers.

Giving Tuesday: Why Giving to Others Makes us Feel Good

CLEVELAND, OH--The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is designated as ‘Giving Tuesday’ – a day earmarked for doing for others or donating to charitable causes.

And while we might think that giving only benefits the recipient of the gift, according to Joseph Rock PsyD, of Cleveland Clinic, that’s not entirely the case.

He said our brains experience joy when we are the giver too.

“Part of your brain gets activated when you do charitable giving or engage in altruistic behavior, so we really do receive biochemical, physical pleasure from doing things for other people,” said Dr. Rock.

November 19th

High Blood Pressure Redefined for First Time in 14 Years: 130 is the New High

Highlights

State of CPR Education in U.S. High Schools

Despite majority of U.S. states requiring CPR training, wide variability exists

WASHINGTON, DC--Bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is known to improve survival of cardiac arrest; however, there is a disparate geographic variation in cardiac arrest survival and only a small number of the U.S. population is trained in CPR annually. According to the Institute for Medicine (IOM), high school students may be an excellent target for CPR training. A review published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that over half of U.S. states require some form of CPR training in high school, but there is wide variability in instruction.

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