Archive - Jul 2013 - SCA Article

Archive - Jul 2013 - SCA Article

Defibrillator Vest Saves Lives in Post MI "Gap"

An external vest-style defibrillator saved lives during the first months after a heart attack, when patients were waiting to get an implanted version, a registry study showed.

The Lifevest device successfully treated sudden cardiac arrest in 1.4% of wearers during the 40-day to 3-month waiting period for an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), Andrew E. Epstein, MD, of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and colleagues found.

When patients got an appropriate shock from the wearable cardioverter-defibrillator, the resuscitation survival rate was 91%, the researchers reported online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Because clinical trials didn't prove a mortality benefit from early use of ICDs, guidelines and insurance coverage require a waiting period of 40 days after myocardial infarction (MI) without acute revascularization or 3 months if it was done.

July 30th

Brought Back to Life by CPR

FLATHEAD, MT--The worst part about being hit by lightning may not be the electrical shock — it might be the CPR that comes later.

Travis Heitmann, 23, of Kalispell, one of three Glacier National Park visitors struck by lightning on July 17, said the experience has generally left him drained, but his sore ribs and back could be the result of the cardiopulmonary resuscitation that saved his life.

“My ribs are killing me,” Heitmann said last week. “I have a prescription for a massage therapy and can’t wait to get there.”

Heitmann, his long-time friend Kinsey Leishman, 23, of Huson, and a 10-year-old Kalispell boy Heitmann has been mentoring were hiking on the trail to St. Mary Falls when a storm quickly blew in. They turned back after reaching Virginia Falls and were about three-quarters of a mile from the Going-to-the-Sun Road trailhead when the lightning bolt struck.

July 28th

David "Kidd" Kraddick's Sudden Death Due to Cardiac Cause

An outpouring of grief and memories on Sunday followed the sudden death of David “Kidd” Kraddick, a nationally syndicated radio personality and “an energetic dynamo" with an incredibly generous spirit.

Kraddick, 53, hosted the locally based Kidd Kraddick in the Morning. The program is broadcast on Dallas’ “Kiss FM” KHKS-FM (106.1) and more than 75 stations nationally. It is also broadcast on the television show Dish Nation.

Kraddick died Saturday in New Orleans at a golf tournament for Kidd’s Kids, a nonprofit he started that sponsors trips to Disney World for chronically and terminally ill children.

July 25th

DC Metro Moves AEDs Out of Reach; Riders Concerned

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Multiple signs hang over an automated external defibrillator cabinet at the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro station, helping riders to spot the life-saving device.

This cabinet, however, is empty except for an instruction sheet. At the Gallery Place F Street entrance, the AED has been moved into the manager's kiosk. It's something that has apparently happened at other stations as well.

An AED can be used by a person without medical training to shock a person's heart back to a normal rhythm.

Relocating the emergency device, which was first brought to light by the Metropolitan Transit Advocacy Group, is a concern to Metro riders.

"When seconds count, you don't have time to go looking for a manager," says rider John Vallejo. "Your hope is that (the AED) is in the box where it should be."

Metro has released the following statement:

July 22nd

Beta-Blockers Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death

Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is defined as a non-violent death that cannot be explained, occurring less than 24 hours from the onset of symptoms. [1]

Out of all antiarrhythmic agents, only beta-blockers have been shown to be effective at reducing the risk of SCD. According to a new meta-analysis of all randomized control studies evaluating beta blockers vs. placebos, beta-blockers reduce the risk of SCD by 31%, cardiovascular death (CVD) by 29% and all-cause mortality by 33%. These results confirm the mortality benefits of these drugs and they should be recommended to all patients similar to those included in the trials.


July 21st

18-Year-Old Dies during Soccer Game at High Altitude Field without AED

CUSCO, PERU--Fans of Peruvian soccer are mourning the death of Yair Clavijo, 18, who died on Sunday during a match in Cusco.

The Peruvian footballer suffered a “cerebral edema and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (an underlying heart condition),” according to the autopsy performed in Cusco on Monday, reported.

The unfortunate incident took place during a Peruvian First Division match between Sporting Cristal and Real Garcilaso, when the young man was representing SC in a reserve team match. Clavijo appeared to suffer (sudden cardiac arrest) which killed him instantly.

According to witnessed at the stadium, the 18-year-old reserve collapsed only minutes before the end of the game. At that point, medics rushed to attempt to save the young man, but the personnel and a nearby stadium ambulance were not equipped with a defibrillator, which may have saved his life.

Sudden Cardiac Deaths Among Volunteer Firefighters Falls to Record Low

The number of volunteer firefighters who died in the line of duty declined to a record in the U.S. amid efforts to improve the fitness of emergency personnel.

On-duty volunteer firefighter deaths fell to 30 last year, from 35 in 2012 and more than 75 in 1977 and 1978, the National Fire Protection Association said today in a report on its website. The overall firefighter fatality count, including paid personnel, was 64 last year, the second-lowest on record, with only 2011 having a smaller total.

“In 2012 we had the lowest number of cardiac-related deaths that we’ve seen since we started doing the study in 1977,” Rita Fahy, manager of fire database systems for the research and analysis division of the NFPA, said in a video on the association’s website.

Sleeping Altitude and Sudden Cardiac Death

Novice mountaineers may lower their risk of having a fatal heart attack if they acclimate themselves before a high-altitude recreational hiking or skiing expedition, according to a study published in the American Heart Journal.

The study found the risk of dying of (sudden cardiac death) on the first day of vigorous mountain exercise was more than five times as high in individuals who had slept at lower elevations on the previous evening as in those who slept at higher elevations.

A short period of acclimatization beforehand could significantly reduce the risk of sudden death, especially in men over age 34, beginner mountaineers, or those with a history of heart problems, the study says.

July 19th

Man's Brush with Death Caught on Security Camera

GREER, SC-- A South Carolina man says he was brought back from the dead and it was all caught on camera.

July 17th

Dancing the Dream

Sue Young, Tiverton, RI – 57 at time of event (2012)

Sue Young

"I was at a birthday party one Friday night," Sue recalled. It was just after dinner at the local restaurant where Brenda's family had arranged the party in November.

"I just felt strange, I couldn't put my finger on it. I didn't feel right, so I went to the ladies room." Sue then felt nauseous and a cold sweat broke out. She knew this was serious.

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