Archive - 2017

Archive - 2017

September 12th

Gasping Bodes Well for Survival After Cardiac Arrest

GRENOBLE, FRANCE--Gasping for air before or during CPR for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is a strong predictor of survival with favorable brain function, new research suggests.[1]

NYC Transit Workers Learn Hands-Only CPR After Employee Used Skill to Save a Co-Worker’s Life

American Heart Association and the Anthem Foundation host event to teach lifesaving skill at New York Transit Museum to Metropolitan Transportation Authority employees

September 11th

University of Iowa Department of History to Launch Richard Kerber Memorial CPR Initiative

The Department of History at the University of Iowa is launching a project in memory of Richard Kerber, MD, the late husband of Professor Emerita of History Linda Kerber, with a CPR training session for its faculty and staff. The Richard Kerber Memorial CPR Initiative hopes to encourage CPR training across campus, as well as the installation of Automatic External Defibrillators in UI buildings.



September 8th

The Plight Of Carrie Fisher-Agonaly speaking

Many news stories about the death of Carrie Fisher on an airplane flight from London to Los Angeles. As so many times the media used the term "heart attack" to describe her incident. As those in the world of resuscitation know this was not a heart attack but a cardiac arrest episode. It is crucial to get people (especially the media) aware that these two cardiac emergencies bear no relation to one another.

A Heart Attack is a "plumbing" problem with the heart resulting in a portion of the heart incurring damage which is permanent. Unlike other muscles in the human body the heart does not regenerate tissue. The heart attack victim, by definition, is breathing.

September 7th

Traveled with AED

Since my last post, my family member has successfully taken his AED on a commercial flight. He was not allowed to bring the device in to the cabin, but had to bring the lithium ion battery in his carry on. Therefore he needed to run back to the airline desk and have his luggage pulled out and get the AED into his checked luggage. This held him up quite a bit at TSA, so plan ahead and arrive early. I believe that these rules are administered differently at different airports, as I was even advised when researching in advance that "it would depend on the TSA officer on duty." Hopefully someone will be able to get clear advice on this, but for now I would advise: check the device and carry the battery.

August 31st

Children’s Cardiomyopathy Awareness Month Urges Families to #KnowYourHeart to Learn Risk Factors

PITTSBURGH, PA--When one thinks of heart disease, adults usually come to mind. The reality is children of all ages can be affected by heart disease too, often with more devastating outcomes. This September, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is partnering with the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF) for Children’s Cardiomyopathy Awareness Month to educate the public about pediatric cardiomyopathy, a chronic and potentially life-threatening heart disease that affects how the heart muscle pumps blood.

AED while traveling

My family member needs to bring his AED with him on a trip. Does anyone have experience taking an AED on a commercial domestic (USA) flight? It seems the rules are changing all the time. Calls to TSA and to the airline as well as to the website which sells the devices are not getting me an answer. First: can one bring their own personal AED on a commercial airline and Second: What is the proper method. Checked? Carry on? I would appreciate any help you can offer

August 29th

Cardiac Arrest Victims in Black Neighborhoods Less Likely to Get CPR, Defibrillation

Study shows that delaying CPR is associated with worse survival.

DURHAM, NC--Surviving cardiac arrest often seems like a matter of luck — whether a passerby knows CPR, or a defibrillator is close at hand or the ambulance arrives quickly. But one surprising factor also plays a role: The racial makeup of the neighborhood.

Compared to people who live in predominantly white neighborhoods, those who live in predominantly black areas are much less likely to receive CPR or defibrillation from a bystander when their heart suddenly stops beating while they are at home or out in the community.

Preventing Sudden Death in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: New Backing for ESC Guidelines

BARCELONA, SPAIN--A large study conducted across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia has validated the European Society of Cardiology recommendations for predicting and preventing sudden cardiac death (SCD) in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).

The HCM-EVIDENCE study, presented at ESC Congress 2017, tested the ESC’s recommendations in a diverse cohort of patients, said study investigator Constantinos O’Mahony, MRCP(UK).

August 28th

Abbott Issues New Updates for Implanted Cardiac Devices

ABBOTT PARK, IL-- Today, Abbott notified physicians of updates to its implantable pacemakers and defibrillators as part of its ongoing commitment to continuously improve patient care. 

The new device updates include a Battery Performance Alert for our implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) that provides physicians with earlier warning of the potential for the low risk of premature battery depletion. They also include a planned update to pacemaker firmware (a kind of software) to add additional security protections designed to reduce the risk of unauthorized access to patients' pacemakers.

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