Archive - Mar 2014 - SCA Article

Archive - Mar 2014 - SCA Article

Heart Health as Young Adult Linked to Mental Function in Mid-Life

DALLAS, TX--Being heart healthy as a young adult  may increase your chance of staying mentally sharp in mid-life, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

In a 25-year study on 3,381 people, 18- to 30-years-old, those with blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels slightly higher than the Association’s recommended guidelines, scored lower on cognitive function tests in their 40s and 50s. Standardized scores on three cognitive tests were between 0.06 to 0.30 points less, on average, for each standard deviation increase in cumulative exposure to these risk factors, which the researchers considered significant for this age group. Standard deviation is the amount of variation from the average.

Sumeet Chugh, MD, Honored by American College of Cardiology

At Annual Meeting, Sumeet Chugh, MD, to Receive Simon Dack Award for Outstanding Scholarship

LOS ANGELES, CA-- A Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute physician-researcher has been named a recipient of a prestigious award from the American College of Cardiology.

Sumeet Chugh, MD, associate director of the Heart Institute and a leading expert on heart rhythm disorders such as sudden cardiac arrest and atrial fibrillation, is to receive the Simon Dack Award for Outstanding Scholarship in recognition of Chugh's contributions to the organization's peer-reviewed medical journals.

Are ICD Patients Who Drive Post-VT Ticking Time Bombs?

WASHINGTON, DC--Think about what it's like not to be able to drive, Dr. Joshua M Cooper (Temple University, Philadelphia, PA) asked attendees here at the American College of Cardiology 2014 Scientific Sessions .

"We take it for granted when we can drive, but the moment it's taken away, people suffer—economically because they can no longer work, socially, [and] they can't drive to get food," Cooper said, launching his argument in the staged debate. The notion at stake, which Cooper defended: a patient with prior ventricular tachycardia (VT) who has not had a shock in three months is safe to drive now.

March 30th

Minneapolis Cardiology Fellow Named An ACCF Young Investigators Awards Finalist

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--Minneapolis Heart Institute Chief Cardiology Fellow Ankur Kalra, MD has been named as a finalist for the 2014 ACCF Young Investigators Awards. Kalra's research, funded by the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF), supports the ongoing quest to better identify, with noninvasive tools, which heart attack survivors are at greatest risk for sudden cardiac death, and therefore may benefit from ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) therapy. Kalra presented his research at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting in Washington, D.C. on March 31, 2014.

March 29th

Blood Test Helps Predict Heart Attack Risk for Patients with Chest Pain

Negative test of sensitive marker may help guide admissions decisions by emergency room staff

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Patients presenting to the emergency department with an undetectable level of the blood biomarker high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T, and whose ECGs show no sign of restricted blood flow, have a minimal risk of heart attack within 30 days, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 63rd Annual Scientific Session.

Cardiac Resynchronization Improves Survival in Heart Failure Patients

Study comparing two types of pacemakers finds clear benefits for certain patients

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Patients in mild heart failure who receive a specialized pacemaker known as cardiac resynchronization therapy with a defibrillator (CRT-D) may live longer than those implanted with a traditional implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 63rd Annual Scientific Session.

In the first study to look at CRT-D in mildly symptomatic patients, researchers found that patients with left bundle branch block implanted with a CRT-D had a 41 percent reduced risk of death compared to patients who had a conventional ICD. The probability of all-cause mortality at seven years was 18 percent among the CRT-D patients, compared to 29 percent in the ICD group in this subset of patients. The five-year survival rate for patients with CRT-D was close to 90 percent.

March 28th

Study Finds Astronauts’ Hearts Become More Spherical in Space

Findings may benefit certain cardiovascular patients on Earth, too

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- New findings from a study of 12 astronauts show the heart becomes more spherical when exposed to long periods of microgravity in space, a change that could lead to cardiac problems, according to research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 63rd Annual Scientific Session.

With implications for an eventual manned mission to Mars, the findings represent an important step toward understanding how a spaceflight of 18 months or more could affect astronauts’ heart health.

Daylight Saving Impacts the Timing of Heart Attacks

Setting clocks ahead one hour may accelerate cardiac events in some, a large study shows 

2014 Rural AED Grant Program Announced

The U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration-Department of Health and Human Services has announced the 2014 Rural Access to Emergency Devices Program grant program (HRSA-14-129). The purpose of the RAED grant program is to develop community partnerships to purchase automated external defibrillators (AEDs), provide CPR-AED training, and place the AEDs in rural communities with local organizations. Three awards of $150,000 each is anticipated (total program funding is estimated at $450,000). The deadline for applications is April 30, 2014.

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March 27th

Dallas Stars Rich Peverley Hopes to Return to NHL

DALLAS, TX--Rich Peverley wants to play hockey again.

The Dallas Stars forward won't know for a while whether his health will allow him to continue his career.

Peverley said Friday his recovery is "going to take time" in his first meeting with reporters since collapsing on the bench during a game March 10 because of an irregular heartbeat.

Peverley, 31, said he skated Thursday for the first time since the incident. That was 10 days after he underwent a procedure in Cleveland designed to correct his condition. He won't play again this season.

"The recovery process is going to take time, and as cliche as it sounds, I've really learned this in the past week that it is day by day," Peverley said at a news conference before the Stars' game against Nashville. "Ultimately my goal would be to come back if it's the right time."

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