Archive - 2010 - SCA Article

Archive - 2010 - SCA Article

July 6th

Won't You Be My Neighbor?...Won't You Learn How to Save a Life?

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is thrilled to announce its annual awards reception, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?...Won’t You Learn How to Save a Life?, to take place on October 7, 5:30-7:30 PM, at the Rivers Club, One Oxford Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The event will honor survivors of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and the neighborly rescuers whose quick and courageous actions made the difference between life and death.

July 5th

Scientists Reveal Mystery of Sudden Cardiac Death During Sleep

Scientists at The University of Manchester have solved a mystery connected with why people die from sudden cardiac arrest during sleep – potentially saving thousands of lives.

The pioneering research, using detailed computer models, could help save lives through preventative treatment of those most at risk from a form of heart rhythm disorder called sick sinus syndrome.

This occurs when the activity of the heart’s pacemaker, the sinoatrial node, is impaired. Up to now, no-one has been able to work out why this happens.

NIH Awards Grant to Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute to Study How to Predict SCA

The Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute has been awarded a $1.66 million, four-year grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health to develop a measurement system that could help doctors predict which patients could be struck by sudden cardiac arrest, a heart rhythm disturbance that causes instant death in more than 95 percent of cases.

“Less than five percent of the people who have a sudden cardiac arrest survive, so we have to find a way to predict who is susceptible,” said Sumeet S. Chugh, M.D., the study’s principal investigator and an internationally renowned expert in sudden cardiac arrest.. “If we can predict, we can prevent.”

Compliance High Among Patients with Wearable Cardioverter Defibrillators

In addition to showing high rates of patient compliance, new study data suggested that survival and mortality rates were similar among patients with a wearable cardioverter defibrillator and those with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD).

Data from 3,569 patients who wore a wearable defibrillator for at least one day from August 2002 through December 2006 were collected from the device manufacturer’s database. Baseline data were available for 2,731 patients. The researchers compared survival among these patients with a cohort who had an ICD implanted at the Cleveland Clinic. Primary outcomes included patient compliance and efficacy of the wearable defibrillator as treatment for arrhythmia.

FDA Recalls Certain LIFEPAK 20, 20e Defibrillator/Monitors

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has
issued a class 1 recall of the LIFEPAK 20 and LIFEPAK 20e external
defibrillator/monitors, which are designed for use
by trained medical personnel in hospitals and clinic settings to
monitor patient heart rhythms and to treat patients experiencing
cardiac arrest. The recall affects approximately 43,000 devices
distributed worldwide over a five-year period starting in September 2002. The
reason for the recall is a failure in the power-supply assembly that results in
"No DC power" or "No DC or AC power." A malfunction of
battery power can result in a failure to deliver defibrillation therapy if the
device does not turn on using DC power and if no AC power is available. 

July 3rd

Sheriff Deputies Use AED to Save Airport Traveler

Two Broward County, Fla. sheriffs deputies are being hailed as heroes for saving the life of a passenger who had suffered a heart attack minutes after stepping off a plane. 

BSO said deputies Dave Kofalk and Joe Baxter were handling an arrest warrant Friday afternoon when they were told that a man had collapsed outside the U.S. Customs area at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. 

When they arrived, they found the 59-year-old man was not breathing and had no pulse. A bystander was giving CPR. Kofalk reached for a nearby Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and with Baxter's assistance delivered a shock to the man's heart. The deputies also used CPR to keep the man alive. 

ICDs Effective in Reducing Deaths Among Older Heart Failure Patients

Use of implanted cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) reduced three-year mortality by nearly 30 percent among Medicare patients with heart failure, found a new study. At the end of one year, heart failure patients who received ICDs experienced lower mortality than those who did not (19.8 vs. 27.6 percent). At three years, patients who received ICDs had a cumulative mortality of 38.1 percent compared with 52.3 percent for those not receiving the devices.

July 1st

OSU Richard Ross Heart Hospital Among First to Implant Next Generation ICD

Ohio State University’s Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital is one of the first facilities in the country to implant a next generation defibrillator in a patient to combat sudden cardiac arrest, a silent killer that claims more than one million lives each year worldwide. Researchers here are studying the safety and effectiveness of the defibrillator that monitors the heart 24 hours a day and can deliver an electrical shock instantly, if needed.

The device differs from past implantable defibrillators because it does not have leads in or on the heart. Doctors say it brings hope to those at risk for sudden cardiac arrest, a condition caused by an electrical problem that causes the heart to stop beating. 

June 30th

Gordon Ewy, MD, UA Chief of Cardiology, Passes Torch to Karl Kern, MD

After 28 years as chief of cardiology at the University of Arizona's College of Medicine, Dr. Gordon A. Ewy is stepping down.

Study: Survival Benefit from ICD Therapy Lower in Women Versus Men

WASHINGTON — New large meta-analysis from five primary prevention randomized implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) studies shows a smaller impact of Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) on overall mortality in women.  According to research published in the July edition of the HeartRhythm Journal, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society, women in primary prevention ICD trials have the same overall mortality as men, while experiencing significantly less appropriate ICD interventions. With more than 1,600 women, this meta-analysis includes the largest cohort of women to date. 

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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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