Archive - Apr 2018

Archive - Apr 2018

April 16th

Acting on the Call

On June 6-7, 2015, at the Utstein Abbey near Stavanger, Norway, 36 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) leaders, researchers, and experts from throughout the world convened to address the challenge of how to increase community cardiac arrest survival and how to achieve implementation of best practices and worthwhile programs.

The attendees called for the establishment of a Global Resuscitation Alliance (GRA) and issued a report laying out ten programs to improve survival and ten steps to achieve successful implementation. The GRA expands internationally the reach and utility of the Resuscitation Academy concept developed in King County, Seattle since 2008. Such a global effort will promote best practices and offer help with implementation to countless communities.

Abbott Releases Planned Updates for Implantable Cardiac Devices

The FDA announced a firmware update to certain Abbott (formerly St. Jude Medical) implantable cardioverter-defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators with radiofrequency capabilities for home monitoring. The update, which must be done in the physician's office, addresses cybersecurity and rapid battery depletion.

ABBOTT PARK, IL--Abbott is releasing the latest in its planned series of cybersecurity and battery performance alert updates: a firmware upgrade to further strengthen the security and enhance the performance of certain high-voltage implantable cardiac devices. This series of updates began with Abbott’s pacemakers, programmers and remote monitoring systems in 2017.

Adding Youth to the Chain of Survival

What if your daughter went to school tomorrow and didn’t come home? She didn’t run away; she was not kidnapped. She collapsed. In Math Class. You get a call from her friend saying she fell out of her seat and was shaking on the floor, and now she is not moving, and not breathing. They called 911 and help is on the way. No one in her class knows how to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and the school nurse is out sick. How can this be happening? Doesn’t everyone know CPR? And isn’t there a defibrillator in her school? You rush to the school. The ambulance has just arrived and the emergency medical technicians are trying to revive her. But it is too late.

April 15th

Drinking Up to Three Cups of Coffee Per Day May Be Safe, Protective

Caffeine consumption linked to decreased rate of atrial fibrillation, arrhythmias

WASHINGTON, DC--Many clinicians advise patients with atrial or ventricular arrhythmias to avoid caffeinated beverages, but recent research has shown that coffee and tea are safe and can reduce the frequency of arrhythmias, according to a review published today in JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology.  

April 12th

Survivors, Family Members and Others Invited to Participate in Survey About ACCESS Study

Emory University is joining researchers at 20 other hospitals across the country to conduct a study called ACCESS. The co-principal Investigators are Demetris Yannopoulos, MD, of the University of Minnesota and Tom Auferheide, MD, of the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Emory has asked the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation to share information about the study with the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Network, its community of survivors, family members and others, to find out what they think about the study. Community members are invited to take the survey at this link. Responses are due by May 7th.

April 11th

Bereaved Family and Friends Contribute to Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation in Memory of Venkatesh Veeravalli

Venkatesh Veeravalli, 29, a software engineer from New Brunswick, NJ, died suddenly from cardiac arrest on February 9th, leaving behind his 25-year-old wife, his parents, and many other family members and friends.

According to his family, “Venky” had fallen asleep that evening, but then awoke with breathing difficulties. First responders worked for over an hour, trying to revive him with CPR and a defibrillator. He was later transported to nearby Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. Unfortunately, however, he could not be resuscitated.

Family and friends were shocked and devastated, especially because Venky was “active, health conscious, and a regular at the gym.”

Fueled by Tragedy, Cardiac on Campus Helps Students Take Care of Hearts

MADISON, WI--Jon Derynda had just crossed the finish line of a half-marathon when he collapsed and died in 2015, having suffered what’s called sudden cardiac death.

He was two days shy of his 21st birthday, enjoying the summer between his junior and senior year at UW-Oshkosh, and was running the race with his family. His death blindsided the family, who found it hard to comprehend how a fit, young man could die from a heart problem.

“We were really struck by the thought of a really healthy, active 20 year-old and how this can happen to somebody as healthy as he was,” his sister Brittany Derynda said.

April 10th

Genetic Variant Might Be a Better Marker for Heart Disease

CINCINNATI, OH--Researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine have found that a newly identified subset of a known genetic variant found primarily in individuals of South Asian descent may be a better marker for carriers of heart dysfunction in this population and that individuals with this genetic variant are more likely to develop early signs of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

April 9th

12-Year-Old Collapses at Baseball Practice, Treated with AED

GRAYSON, KY--A 12-year-old boy is being treated in a hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest and collapsing during little league baseball practice.

Thanks to a Kentucky law that requires automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to be at sporting activities, he was able to get help much faster.

Carter County EMS Director Frank Sloas says the sooner the heart can be shocked, the better chance that person has to live.

The ambulance center was four minutes away from the baseball field. While that doesn’t seem like much, it can mean the difference between life and death in a crucial situation.

"After four to six minutes, a person will start experiencing brain death and after 10 minutes it is generally irreversible," Sloas said.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Urges Pennsylvania Senate to Support CPR in Schools Legislation

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation urges the Pennsylvania Senate to vote in favor of SB 521, sponsored by PA Senator Tom Killion (R-9th). The legislation will ensure that high school students receive CPR training and learn about automated external defibrillators at least once before graduation, without placing any financial burden on schools or the Commonwealth. It has been approved by the State Education and Appropriations Committees and may go before the full Senate for a third and final vote as early as April 16th.

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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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