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Archive - SCA Article

September 15th, 2019

Optimized Placement of Defibrillators May Improve Cardiac Arrest Outcomes

WASHINGTON, DC--Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are often placed in areas of low risk and may be unavailable during certain times of the day. Determining the optimal location for AEDs may lead to increased defibrillation by bystanders and increased survival in those experiencing out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), according to research published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

The use of publicly accessible AEDs is associated with significantly better outcomes in patients experiencing OHCA as long as they are available during a time of need.

September 3rd

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.

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). 

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