Archive - Aug 2014 - SCA Article

Archive - Aug 2014 - SCA Article


August 30th

Is It Worth Resuscitating Octogenarians?

Too young to die?

Energy Drinks Cause Heart Problems

BARCELONA, SPAIN--Energy drinks can cause heart problems according to research presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2014 today by Professor Milou-Daniel Drici from France.

Professor Drici said: "So-called 'energy drinks' are popular in dance clubs and during physical exercise, with people sometimes consuming a number of drinks one after the other. This situation can lead to a number of adverse conditions including angina, cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and even sudden death."

August 29th

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Children's Heart Health

When thinking of heart disease, older adults typically come to mind, but children also can have heart disease, often with more devastating outcomes. Pediatric cardiomyopathy is a potentially life-threatening disease and the leading cause of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in children.

Cardiomyopathy is a chronic disease of the heart muscle that affects the heart’s ability to pump blood. Some children who have the disease can be symptom-free and are unknowingly at risk for SCA. Approximately 2,000 people under 25 die of SCA every year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but there are preventative measures for families.

Sudden Death Predictor Identifies ICD Candidates

BARCELONA-- A new sudden death predictor for patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) identifies candidates for implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) in ESC Guidelines published today. They are presented at ESC Congress by Task Force Chairperson Professor Perry Elliott (UK).

The “2014 ESC Guidelines on Diagnosis and Management of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy” are published today on-line in the European Heart Journal (1) and on the ESC Website. Previous ESC Guidelines on hypertrophic cardiomyopathy were published in 2003 (2).

New Method Predicts Optimal Number and Location of AEDs

Study estimates optimal number of AEDs and placement in Paris. Subway stations among the best locations.

BARCELONA, SPAIN--A new method to predict the optimal number and location of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) was presented at ESC Congress today by Dr. Benjamin Dahan from France. According to the predictive method, Paris needs 350 AEDs located in public places for optimal prevention of out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA).

August 21st

National Efforts to Raise Awareness about Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Sudden Cardiac Arrest: A Well-Kept SecretThe Institute of Medicine, a division of the National Academies of Sciences, recently conducted a meeting in Seattle to continue its preliminary work on the status of cardiac arrest outcomes in the U.S. and opportunities for improvement. (Click here for report.)

My Valentine Story

Sue NixonOn the morning of February 14th 2007, three minutes before my heart stopped, three people made choices that saved my life.

A postman was selecting his route, a nurse with an unexpected day off was heading to Starbucks, and my business partner called just before I ran out the door of my home.

Instead of letting the call go to voicemail, something compelled me to answer the call—so that three minutes later, instead of being on the highway going 60 mph, I was driving up a side street near my home when I had my cardiac arrest.

The postman and nurse appeared at just the right time to perform CPR for eight minutes until the medics arrived. Which meant that it was not my day to die.

August 20th

Report on the Institute of Medicine Committee on Treatment of Cardiac Arrest

A national initiative to improve survival from cardiac arrest

A Test Working to Predict Sudden Cardiac Death

On September 14, 2007, Lorenz Diesbergen, age 44, stepped off a commuter train in downtown Chicago and began his daily walk to work in the Chicago Loop. As he crossed the bridge over the Chicago River, his heart’s normal rhythm suddenly deteriorated into an uncoordinated frenzy of useless fibrillations. He may have managed a few more steps—we don’t know—before he pitched forward and fell face-first onto the sidewalk.  Paramedics were on the scene within minutes, but efforts at resuscitation proved futile. He left behind a wife and four children.

Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) is the medical term that describes sudden death due to rapid and catastrophic failure of the heart’s pumping function (without warnings signs).  SCD usually arises from an unstable arrhythmia arising in the heart’s left ventricle, and it results in the immediate loss of blood pressure needed to keep the brain and other vital organs alive. 

August 19th

Commonly Prescribed Antibiotic ‘Could Increase Risk Of Cardiac Death,’ Scientists Warn


According to the research team – including senior investigator Dr. Anders Hviid of the Statens Serum Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark – macrolide antibiotics increase the duration of the heart muscle’s electrical activity – known as the QT interval – which can lead to abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia), a known risk factor for stroke and sudden cardiac arrest.

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