Archive - Mar 2018

Archive - Mar 2018


March 26th

Idiopathic? The Importance of Comprehensive Evaluations of Survivors of Cardiac Arrest

Characteristics and clinical assessment of unexplained sudden cardiac arrest in the real-world setting: focus on idiopathic ventricular fibrillation

Recent studies have shown that in more than half of apparently unexplained sudden cardiac arrests (SCA), a specific etiology can be unmasked by a careful evaluation. A new study from the Paris Sudden Death Expertise Center (Paris-SDEC) looked at how often patients with unexplained SCA receive systematic and thorough investigation in real-world practice.

Researchers analyzed the medical records of all patients in the Paris-SDEC registry who survived to hospital discharge following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Data collection was standardized for all cases and included demographic characteristics, location of arrest, pre-hospital data, past medical history, final diagnoses, preventive measures implemented, and vital status and neurological outcome at hospital discharge.

March 20th


Hi All!
As time has passed, I have become more and more convinced that having a personal household AED is a good idea.
So I started looking to buy one, and the prices held me back. My question, then, is can used or at least reconditioned AED's be found for sale? If so, is it an OK idea to purchase one, considering the fact that they are used in "life-or-death" emergencies?

Two New Studies Provide Insights on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

A study just presented at a medical conference in Europe reports that siblings of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) victims have a four-fold higher risk of SIDS. Researchers recommend that autopsies should be carried out on SIDS victims and that family members should undergo cardiology tests. More...

In contrast, another study, just published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, suggests that genetic heart diseases cause fewer cases of SIDS than previously thought. Researchers suggest their findings may help prevent unnecessary genetic testing of surviving family members. More...

March 19th

New Augmented Reality Hands-Only CPR Makes Training Life-Like and Mobile

American Heart Association develops augmented reality Hands-Only CPR training in collaboration with Google

DALLAS, TX--The American Heart Association has collaborated with Google to develop an augmented reality version of Hands-Only CPR training that launches today in the Association’s mobile App, My Cardiac Coach™.

The project uses new augmented reality technology developed by Google to create a life-like environment for users to learn Hands-Only CPR. Users can give a virtual person Hands-Only CPR any time, any place using their compatible Android mobile device. By simply delivering compressions at the correct rate and depth in a gaming experience, players are rated on their performance and can try to improve their score.

Siblings of SIDs Victims Have Four-Fold Risk of SIDS

Researchers say steps to avoid sibling deaths could be identified through autopsies and family screening

BARCELONA, SPAIN--Siblings of cot death victims have a four-fold higher risk of cot death, according to research presented today at EHRA 2018, a European Society of Cardiology congress. The 38-year study in nearly 2.5 million infants suggests that autopsies should be carried out on SIDS victims and that family members should have cardiology tests. The incidence of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also known as cot death, has declined in the last 20 years following public health campaigns to avoid placing infants in the prone sleeping position and not to smoke during pregnancy or near infants.

March 17th

European Network Explores Gender-Based Prevention and Treatment of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

BARCELONA, SPAIN--Researchers will use a European network of 90,000 patients to explore different approaches to prevention and treatment of sudden cardiac arrest for men and women, they announced today during a workshop on sex and gender differences at EHRA 2018.

The European Sudden Cardiac Arrest network (ESCAPE-NET) is backed by the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA), a branch of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), and the European Resuscitation Council (ERC).

Sudden cardiac arrest is the consequence of a heart rhythm disorder called ventricular fibrillation. It is deadly within minutes if left untreated and survival rates are just 5-20%.

March 14th

Genetic Heart Diseases Rarely Cause SIDS

Findings may help prevent unnecessary genetic testing of surviving family members

Genetic heart diseases (GHDs) cause fewer cases of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) than previously thought, according to a study published in the March 20 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

David J. Tester, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues conducted whole exome sequencing and targeted analysis of 90 GHD-susceptibility genes in a cohort of 419 unrelated SIDS cases (257 male; average age 2.7 months).

March 13th

A Tale of Two Airlines

A Loss on WestJet

Flight crew took 10 minutes to find AED after elderly man initially found in medical distress

Questions are being raised about how prepared flight crews are to deal with medical emergencies after an elderly man died on a WestJet flight from Hawaii to Calgary last week.

The flight left Honolulu late at night on March 7 and was scheduled to land in Calgary the morning of March 8. Midway through the flight, flight attendants were overheard asking if there was a doctor or nurse on board.

A woman on the plane identified herself as a nurse.

The nurse was led to a passenger seated in the middle of a row near the front of the plane who appeared to be in his 80s.

March 9th

Wearable Defibrillator Reduces All Cause Mortality by a Third

Mortality benefit goes beyond that achieved with standard medical therapy alone, could help bridge patients to evaluation for ICD placement

March 5th

Italian Law Must Change to Improve Survival from Cardiac Arrest

Law requiring certificate to use a defibrillator reduces response time

MILAN, ITALY--An Italian law requiring citizens to hold a certificate to use a defibrillator must change to improve survival from cardiac arrest, researchers argued today at Acute Cardiovascular Care 2018, a European Society of Cardiology congress.

“Automated external defibrillator (AED) use before the arrival of the emergency medical services (EMS) plays a key role in improving victim survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest,” said lead author Dr Enrico Baldi, resident physician in cardiology at IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo, Pavia, Italy.

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