Archive - Oct 2013 - SCA Article

Archive - Oct 2013 - SCA Article

October 28th

Heart Screens for Athletes Doable, but Costly

ORLANDO -- A comprehensive cardiac workup for young athletes proved feasible but cost too much to be practical, investigators reported here.

The addition of a limited echocardiogram to history, physical, and ECG identified five athletes with an increased risk of sudden death from 659 screenings at a cost of about $9,000 per event, not including physician costs.

The results did little to define the optimal approach to screening athletes, Jeffrey D. Anderson, MD, of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, reported here at the American Academy of Pediatrics meeting.

"History and physical exam alone are not adequate to capture all cardiac abnormalities that may put someone at risk for sudden death," Anderson said. "Echocardiography can reduce the false-positive rate of ECG screening, but mass echocardiography also will identify heart disease that does not pose an immediate risk."

October 24th

NIH and CDC Launch Registry for Sudden Death in the Young

A registry of deaths in young people from conditions such as heart disease and epilepsy is being created to help researchers define the scope of the problem and set future research priorities. The National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are collaborating to create the Sudden Death in the Young Registry.

"The sudden death of a child is tragic and the impact on families and society is incalculable," said Jonathan Kaltman, M.D., chief of the Heart Development and Structural Diseases Branch within the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the NIH's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). "This registry will collect comprehensive, population-based information on sudden unexpected death in youths up to age 24 in the United States. It is a critical first step toward figuring out how to best prevent these tragedies."

October 23rd

Rochester, MN, Achieves 58% Survival Rate Thanks to Police AED Program

ROCHESTER, MN--Just about all of us have lost a friend or loved one to (cardiac arrest).

Now a certain U.S. city has developed a rapid action plan to save lives when the human heart goes into crisis and they are encouraging other cities to do the same.

When a late spring snowstorm hit Minnesota in May, 72-year-old Army Veteran Ron Kath went out to shovel his driveway like he always does, but this time he collapsed.

Ron suffered a sudden cardiac arrest and almost died.

Police got to him first.

Ron’s wife Paula said the police knew just what to do even before paramedics arrived.

They used a defibrillator to shock him back to life.

October 22nd

Bradford Woods, PA, Woman's Heroic Story Exemplifies Foundation's Objective

Sue HostlerPITTSBURGH, PA--Instinct took over when Sue Hostler of Bradford Woods encountered a young man face down in an elevator at the Philadelphia International Airport.

She had been racing for an elevator on her way to the parking garage. When she saw Bob Hallinan's unconscious body on the elevator floor, she knew exactly what to do.

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, based in Pine Township, is using her story to call attention to Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, which is October, and the importance of learning CPR.

When she came across the man during a business trip in August, Hostler told one nearby woman to flag down the police or an emergency vehicle curbside and got another woman to help her turn the victim onto his back.

October 18th

Dick Cheney Worried Terrorists Would Hack His Implanted Defibrillator

WASHINGTON, DC--Former Vice President Dick Cheney says he had a doctor disable the wireless function on his implanted defibrillator so terrorists could not hack it.

In an interview to be aired Sunday on the CBS news show "60 Minutes" and on CNN Tuesday, Cheney discussed his medical problems. His new book, "Heart," describes them in greater detail.

Cheney told Dr. Sanjay Gupta he had the heart defibrillator functions altered in 2007 because he was afraid that terrorists had acquired the technology that would allow them to use it to kill him remotely.

A few years later, he watched an episode of the Showtime series "Homeland" that showed that being done. He said the plot was credible "because I know from the experience we had and the necessity for adjusting my own device that it was an accurate portrayal of what was possible."

October 17th

Pine Township, PA, Resident Working to Save People from Cardiac Arrest

Pittsburgh Total Trib Media highlights National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month by profiling the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a national community benefit organization based in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH, PA--Each day, an estimated 1,000 people experience sudden cardiac arrest. But only about 10 percent of them survive the abrupt cessation of heart function.

Mary Newman“When someone is treated quickly, then the survival rate increases to 40 percent,” said Mary Newman of Pine, president and co-founder of the nonprofit Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.

October 15th

Life After Death? New Techniques Halt Dying Process

NEW YORK — The line between life and death is not as clear as once thought, now that developments in the science of resuscitation have made it possible to revive people even hours after their heart has stopped beating and they are declared dead, medical experts say.

"Historically, when a person's heart stopped and they stopped breathing, for all intents and purposes, they were dead," said Dr. Sam Parnia, an assistant professor of critical care medicine at State University of New York at Stony Brook. "There was nothing you could do to change that," Parnia told an audience at the New York Academy of Sciences last week.

Do It for Your Family. Do It for the People Who Love You.

Helene Rish, Sanford, FL – 38 at time of event (2012)

I Had No Time to React

Patti Farrell, Milwaukee, WI – 61 at time of event (2013)

Patti Farrell and familyPatti Farrell had always been very healthy, but lately had been experiencing increasing shortness of breath and stomach aches. While shopping at Target, the 61-year-old could hardly breathe and the pain was so intense she had to rest in her car. Her daughter-in-law arrived and took Patti to the hospital, where doctors discovered fluid in her lungs and diagnosed Patti with non-ischemic cardiomyopathy. 

A Real Sense of Security

Darren Califano, Sanford, FL – 47 at time of event (2012)

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