Archive - Aug 2019

Archive - Aug 2019


Testing and Family Screening Lacking Among Young Victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

PARIS, FRANCE--Less than 4% of relatives of young cardiac arrest victims receive information on family screening that could prevent further deaths, according to research presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. (1)

“When a patient under 45 dies from sudden cardiac arrest, the probability of an inherited cardiac disease is highly likely and accurately identifying the cause is crucial for relatives,” said study author Dr Ardalan Sharifzadehgan of the Paris Sudden Death Expertise Centre (Paris-SDEC), France.

August 30th

Children’s Cardiomyopathy Awareness Month Calls Attention to a “Silent Killer”

TENAFLY, N.J.--According to the American Heart Association, each year more than 7,000 children age 18 years and younger experience sudden cardiac arrest(SCA). Cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle, is aleading cause of SCA in children. Diagnosing children with cardiomyopathy is challenging, and it can be missed. Because symptoms are not always apparent, it is often referred to as a “silent killer.” Children with cardiomyopathy who are not diagnosed face a higher risk of sudden cardiac death, particularly if they are competitive athletes. Driven by the need to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest associated with cardiomyopathy, the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF) established September as Children’s Cardiomyopathy Awareness Month. Awareness month is intended to educate the public about the signs, symptoms, and risk factors for cardiomyopathy.

August 26th

New Best Practice Approach to Resuscitation Competence and Data Management Unveiled for Hospitals

Combined offering from the American Heart Association and RQI Partners furthers mission to improve resuscitation practices and save more lives from in-hospital cardiac arrest

DALLAS, TX--An integrated resuscitation product pairing combining the latest in resuscitation science, data management and quality improvement solutions is being offered by the American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives, and RQI Partners, its partnership with Laerdal Medical.

August 22nd

Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Chicago No Longer a Near-Certain Death Sentence

Just outside Wrigley Field, 15-year-old Shira David knelt on the artificial turf of Gallagher Way on Wednesday, trying to teach 8-year-old baseball fan Shea Corbin how to keep a correct rhythm when performing CPR.

“You know the song ‘Stayin’ Alive’?” Shira asked, referring to the 103 beats-per-minute disco classic often recommended as a mental accompaniment for chest compressions.

Shea shook his head.

“You know the song ‘Another One Bites the Dust’?”

Shea shook his head again.

Such are the challenges of teaching CPR to a mass audience, as the Wrigley Field event was designed to do (“Baby Shark,” it turns out, also has an appropriate beat). But the payoff can be immense.

August 18th

Kipp Kinsley’s Memory to be Honored at Weekend Events in Yankton, SD

YANKTON, SD--Yankton, SD, native Kipp Kinsley was ready to start his career as a professional triathlete — only to die of a heart condition one day after winning the 2018 Yankton triathlon.

As a professional triathlete, Kipp Kinsley returned to his hometown a year ago this weekend and won “Yankton’s Best Tri” — a grueling test of combined running, biking and swimming.

A day after his triumph in one of the Midwest’s toughest triathlons, the 25-year-old man passed away, to the shock of family and friends.

Jon and Shelly Kinsley later learned their son had suffered from a previously unknown cardiac condition.

August 15th

Researchers Pinpoint the Ideal Chest Compression-Depth Ratio for OHCA Survival

A combination of 107 chest compressions per minute at a depth of 4.7 centimeters is the optimal CCR-CCD (chest compression rate-chest compression depth) ratio for survival after an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, researchers reported August 14 in JAMA Cardiology.

The purpose of Sue Duval, PhD, et al.’s study was to identify the ideal CCR-CCD combo for victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, whose shot at survival hovers somewhere around 10%. It’s a delicate balance to strike—compressions that are too fast won’t allow for enough ventricular filling between compressions, and compressions that are too deep risk major thoracic injury.

August 13th

Researchers Develop First Tool for Predicting Sudden Cardiac Death in Children with HCM

Scientists funded by the British Heart Foundation have developed the first ever tool to identify children at risk of sudden death from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). 

August 12th

A Daughter Makes Lifesaving Plea to 911: Coach Me Through CPR?

In March 2017, Mary Smith took an afternoon off work to visit her daughter and 2-week-old grandson Brody at their Minneapolis suburb home.

Smith brought in groceries for dinner and carried a mobile crib up the stairs from the car. She was in the entryway when she found herself out of breath.

She collapsed, making a thud that her daughter, Lindsey Bomgren, heard from the hallway to the nursery.

Thinking her mom fell, Bomgren called out to her. Smith didn't respond.

Bomgren put down Brody and raced to the entryway. She grabbed her phone and called 911. She told the dispatcher her mom wasn't breathing. Smith was in cardiac arrest.

August 11th

Ohio Requires EMD Training for All Dispatch Centers

New state requirement for dispatchers targets better, faster treatment

The state has a new requirement to all emergency dispatch centers across Ohio that is designed improve treatment for urgent medical calls.

The Ohio Department of Administrative Services gave all dispatch centers a deadline of April 1 to either be emergency medical dispatch certified or to submit a timeline for compliance.

EMD is a systematic program of handling medical calls, according to Lt. Ben Walker.

August 4th

Hiking with defib/pacemaker after aborted sudden cardiac arrest

On March 7, 2019, I was hiking alone in Frozen Head State Park in Tennessee. I just finished climbing a tough 2.5 mile section of the trail and was about .5 miles from the trailhead (with a road near it). Suddenly, my heart began that fast pounding and my breathing turned very labored. I leaned over my poles and waited for this to stop. Previously, I had episodes of non-sustained ventricular tachycardia and figured this was more of the same. I was wrong. It did not stop. I clawed at my neck thinking something was caught and then tried to get my pack off with the same thought. I could not unsnap the pack- it was too difficult for some reason. My bladder let lose and then I knew sustained VT would kill me. Becoming an observer (I am academia)- I thought, "I will be the first sibling to die" and "Now I know how I would die." It was very confusing at that point. Tried to sit down and somehow ended up lying in the cold mud of the trail on my left side.

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