Archive - Mar 2012 - SCA Article

Archive - Mar 2012 - SCA Article

March 29th

Seeing Fabrice Smile is the Best News of the Day

The family of Bolton's Fabrice Muamba posted a picture of him on Twitter from his hospital room.

It is the first public photo of Muamba since he suffered a cardiac arrest in the FA Cup tie against Tottenham at White Hart Lane on 17 March.

The 23-year-old collapsed on the pitch after 41 minutes of play and was "dead" for 78 minutes.

He was given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and 15 defibrillator shocks before he reached hospital.

March 25th

Underweight Patients Face Increased RIsks During ICD Therapy

First large-scale study to compare outcomes based on body size finds being small, rather than large, confers greatest risk

CHICAGO -- Patients who are underweight or small in stature are twice as likely to experience complications or die during insertion of an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) compared to obese and normal-weight patients, according to research presented today at the American College of Cardiology's 61st Annual Scientific Session. The Scientific Session, the premier cardiovascular medical meeting, brings cardiovascular professionals together to further advances in the field.

ICDs are small, battery-powered devices implanted in the chests of people at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. More than 100,000 ICDs are implanted in the U.S. each year.

FIFA to Study SCA Cases in Soccer

Following Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba’s cardiac arrest, the subject of heart screening in football has once again become a focus for discussion. It is an issue that no-one in football, at any level of the game, can afford to take lightly and FIFA are doing everything they can to ensure that the screen of players is the best it can be.

Muamba is still at the London Chest Hospital, 12 days after he collapsed during the first half of an FA Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. Thankfully he is making progress in his recovery.

Professor Jiri Dvorak, FIFA’s Chief Medical Officer and Chairman of the FIFA Medical and Research Centre has said that world football’s governing body will be studying cardiac arrest cases in football players to learn what causes sudden collapses like Muamba’s. The project will be put forward at a special conference in May.

FIFA to Study SCA Cases in Soccer

ZURICH—FIFA will be studying cardiac arrest cases involving soccer players to learn what caused Bolton's Fabrice Muamba to collapse during a match.

FIFA's chief medical officer said the project will be put forward at FIFA's medical conference on May 23-24 in Budapest, Hungary.

"We have invited all national-team doctors to establish a worldwide database for cases of sudden cardiac arrest," Dvorak told The Associated Press by telephone. "This will lead to analysis of the risk factors."

Muamba's condition is serious but stable in a London hospital, nine days after he collapsed during the first half of an FA Cup match at Tottenham's White Hart Lane stadium.

Muamba's recovery has been followed across the world, but Dvorak hopes FIFA's new project will provide medical researchers with important information about lower-profile cases.

March 24th

Cardiac Pre-Participation Screening Too Restrictive for Black Athletes

CHICAGO — Many athletes undergo cardiac screening to detect possible heart conditions before being allowed to participate in student or professional sports. Current European screening guidelines, which are based on data from white athletes, can lead to the over-investigation and potential false disqualification of healthy athletes of African or Afro-Caribbean descent, according to research presented today at the American College of Cardiology’s 61st Annual Scientific Session. The Scientific Session, the premier cardiovascular medical meeting, brings cardiovascular professionals together to further advances in the field.

Widespread CPR Training Saves Lives

CHICAGO--A nationwide effort in Denmark to increase the number of people trained in CPR led to an increase in bystander CPR and ultimately contributed to increased cardiac arrest survival rates in that country, according to research presented today at the American College of Cardiology’s 61st Annual Scientific Session. The Scientific Session, the premier cardiovascular medical meeting, brings cardiovascular professionals together to further advances in the field.

March 21st

Bringing Fabrice Muamba Back to Life

The UK Bolton Wanderers team doctor Jonathan Tobin revealed on Wednesday that doctors tried unsuccessfully to revive Muamba for 48 minutes before he arrived at the London Chest Hospital. It took another 30 minutes before the 23-year-old Muamba’s heart started beating again after 15 shocks.

“In effect, he was dead in that time,” Dr. Tobin said.

Dr. Andrew Deaner, a Tottenham-supporting cardiologist, leapt from his seat in the crowd Saturday and rushed on to the field to help Muamba.

“If you’re going to use the term miraculous, I guess it could be used here,” he said.

On Monday, Muamba started breathing independently again and communicating in intensive care.

“I’m glad to say that the early signs of recovery have continued,” Tobin said. “I went to see Fabrice last night. I went in and he said ‘Hi doc.’ I asked him how he was and he said ‘Fine.’”

March 19th

UK Soccer Player Survives Sudden Death, Shows Signs of Improvement

Teammates and Opponents Request Heart Screens 

March 16th

Resuscitation Skills Among Doctors and Nurses Fade Quickly If Unused

 

March 13th

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