Archive - 2019

Archive - 2019

May 29th

Energy Drinks May Increase Risk of Heart Function Abnormalities and Blood Pressure Changes

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May 28th

What Is Known – And Not Known – About Heart Muscle Diseases in Children

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May 21st

Notre Dame Students Create Drone Defibrillator for Fast Response to Cardiac Arrest Victims

Students at the University of Notre Dame are thinking of a new way to save lives.

The students, Nathaniel Hanson and Zachary Kousens, Class of 2019, came up with a drone defibrillator.

“The idea is when someone has sudden cardiac arrest and a bystander calls 911 and an EMT responds, help typically takes 10 minutes to get to the scene,” Hanson said. “We can get an automatic defibrillator there within two minutes using a drone,” dispatched by the 911 operator who finds a landing site using Google maps. This, says Kousens and Hanson, should boost the survival chance of those in cardiac arrest from 10 percent to 40 percent.

The drone defibrillator -- or Delive -- is now being reviewed by the FAA. The students hope to commercialize it by next year.

May 20th

Researchers Spot Tell-Tale Signs of Potentially Fatal Cardiac Arrest in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young people (such as the unexpected near fatal cardiac arrest suffered by the-then 23 year old footballer Fabrice Muamba), but the microscopic heart muscle abnormalities behind these tragic events can only be picked up in a post-mortem.

Now, in a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, a team of RDM researchers have borrowed a brain imaging technique to spot the tell-tale disarray in heart muscle fibres that could set off a potentially fatal heart rhythm in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

This is the first time that these tell-tale signs can be spotted in living patients.

May 15th

Study Finds That Sudden Death in Middle School Age Student Athletes Most Common While Playing Basketball

National Athletic Trainers’ Association and National Basketball Athletic Trainer Association Provide Tips for Parents to Help Keep Their Student Athlete Safe

DALLAS, TX--The majority of sudden death in American youth sports (ages 6-17) from 2007-2015 were cardiac-related (heart) and occurred during practice within organized middle school sports according to a first-of-its-kind study published in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Journal of Athletic Training. The majority of those affected were male with an average age of 13 years old. No previous studies have focused on sudden death in organized middle school, youth, and recreational youth sports in the United States.

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Resuscitation Quality Improvement Programs Offer a Comprehensive Solution to Help Improve Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Outcomes in Communities

The American Heart Association, Laerdal Medical and the Resuscitation Academy Foundation introduce programs for prehospital and public safety responders to help increase out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival.

May 12th

The Latest in Resuscitation Science Research: Highlights From the 2018 American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium

The 2018 American Heart Association (AHA)’s Resuscitation Science Symposium (ReSS), held November 9 to 11, in Chicago, Illinois, brought together thought-provoking research from basic science to clinical trials and frontline work in the public health space. Across 16 sessions, more than 50 oral presentations were given on topics ranging from a first-person narrative from a patient’s perspective of surviving cardiac arrest to the transcriptional profiling of the neuropro-tective mechanisms of inhaled nitric oxide in pediatric arrest. A total of 275 posters and 27 oral presentations on 40 topics were presented.

Home-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation Is An Option to Overcome Barriers of Traditional Cardiac Rehabilitation

DALLAS, TX--Home based, medically supervised cardiac rehabilitation may be, for some patients, an alternative to traditional medical center cardiac rehabilitation programs after a heart attack or other heart procedure, according to a joint scientific statement from the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. 

May 6th

Body Scanners at Airport Security Do Not Interfere with Functionality of Pacemakers and Defibrillators

First of its kind study presented at Heart Rhythm 2019 shows travelers with common cardiac devices can pass through without restrictions or precautions.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--Results from new research show that passengers with cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs), such as pacemakers or defibrillators, can safely travel through airport security checkpoints. This is the first study to look at the relationship between body scanners and the impact on functionality of devices. The results are scheduled to be presented on Friday, May 10 at Heart Rhythm 2019, the Heart Rhythm Society’s 40th Annual Scientific Sessions and show no negative interference after analyzing more than 1,000 scans.

May 4th

Survivor Susan Koeppen, SCAF National Spokesperson, Runs in Pittsburgh Marathon

PITTSBURGH, PA--Susan Koeppen, KDKA TV (CBS) news anchor and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation National Spokesperson, ran 6.5 miles as part of a relay team at the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday. She and fellow survivor, Bruce Benda, ran on behalf of an American Heart Association team.

This was Susan’s third time running the relay since surviving out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in November 2011.

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