Archive - Sep 2019

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September 11th

My Husband Emotional and Psychological effects from his cardiac arrest

My husband suffered a sudden cardiac arrest on March 12, 2019 after his doctor sent him to the pharmacy without even doing a EKG. He collapsed and faceplanted as he walked into the Pharmacy. Luckily, the fire station was right next to the pharmacy and the pharmacist was there pretty quickly. En route they did shock my husband twice to get his heart started. After a Face and Head CT scan showed no brain hemmorrage they were able to put three stents in the right side of his heart. They did give him hypothermia treatment as well after the surgery. He remained in a coma with five fractures in his face for 11 days and a total of 14 days in the ICU and step down before two weeks at a Rehabilitation hospital. He was given a life vest for three months of monitoring which was removed June 28th, 2019. Per his cardiologist, no defibrillator needs to be put in at this time.

September 3rd

A Class Act: Remembering Jim Page

It's hard to believe James O. Page left us 15 years ago (September 4, 2004). Jim was a visionary leader who became known as the "Father of EMS." He took me under his wing at the Advanced Coronary Treatment Foundation and the Journal of Emergency Medical Services many years ago. I will always remember him for his passion for saving lives from sudden cardiac arrest, which, in the end, took his life. I hope that in some small way we are honoring his memory with the work we are doing today at the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation--still working to make survival the rule, rather than the exception. ~Mary Newman

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Patients with Cardiac Devices Do Not Adhere to Driving Ban

PARIS, FRANCE--Nearly one-third of patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) resume driving despite it being medically contraindicated – a practice that is dangerous for themselves and others, and is illegal in some countries. The Danish research is presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. (1)

September 1st

Decline in Sports-Related Sudden Cardiac Death Linked with Rise in Bystander Resuscitation

PARIS, FRANCE--Fewer sports-related sudden cardiac arrest victims die nowadays, a trend linked with increased bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), reports a study presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. (1) The late breaking study also found that the incidence of sudden cardiac arrest during sports has not changed over the last decade.

August 31st

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.

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