Archive - Sep 2014 - SCA Article

Archive - Sep 2014 - SCA Article

September 26th

HRSA Allocates $1 Million to Support Defibrillation Projects in Rural Areas

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, PhD, RN, announced more than $22 million to support health care in rural areas, including funds that will provide resources and expertise for telehealth solutions, improve emergency medical services, and help communities build networks of care.

Through grant programs administered by the Office of Rural Health Policy, located within HRSA, the awards went out to more than 100 rural communities in 42 states.

“Rural communities have some of the greatest needs for expanding access to health care,” Wakefield said. “These investments represent our commitment at the federal level to support partners on the ground, who are working to strengthen health care delivery in every area of the country.”

September 25th

Boston Scientific Product Advisory on Premature Battery Depletion

CognisBoston Scientific recently provided physicians with important product advisory information regarding a group of COGNIS™ CRT-D and TELIGEN™ ICD implantable defibrillators. This information includes some new follow-up advice for this identified group of devices that was manufactured between 2008 and 2010.

A component in some COGNIS and TELIGEN devices has not performed as expected. This may shorten battery life and require early device replacement. These devices were designed with safety features that can detect this behavior and provide a physician with early warning of this problem if it were to occur.

September 21st

Sudden Cardiac Arrest: The Young Man's Heartstopper

Justin Repshas

Most men know of only one chest-clutching condition, but another cardiac killer is out there—and it's ambushing them just when they feel most invincible.

Around 4 p.m. on December 13, 2011, Justin Repshas's girlfriend dropped him off at his studio apartment in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. The couple arranged to meet for dinner later and then study for finals at the college library. Meantime, Repshas, 22, told her, he'd take a nap or go running.

September 20th

Parent Heart Watch Issues Statement in Support of ECG Screening in Youth

37 PHW Member Organizations in 22 States Provide Heart Screenings to Youth

Chicago, IL-- Parent Heart Watch (PHW), the national voice solely dedicated to protecting youth from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), supports the use of carefully organized and implemented electrocardiogram (ECG) screening in youth to better identify those with conditions associate with SCA. Currently 37 Parent Heart Watch member organizations are partnering with cardiologists and sports medicine physicians to host heart screenings for youth ages 5-24. The screenings include an electrocardiogram (ECG) and/or an echocardiogram, which research increasingly shows can be effective in the early detection of heart conditions that may lead to sudden cardiac arrest.

September 17th

Capps Participates in AED Hunt on the Hill

Rep. Lois Capps and AEDWASHINGTON, DC--On Wednesday, Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) participated in the AED Hunt on the Hill as part of Children’s Cardiomyopathy Awareness Month.

September 16th

Experts Issue Consensus Statement on the Use of ICD Therapy in Patients Who Are Underrepresented in Clinical Trials

The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA) have released an Expert Consensus Statement on the Use of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Therapy in Patients Who Are Not Included or Not Well Represented in Clinical Trials, which was published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 

Originally presented at Heart Rhythm 2014, the Heart Rhythm Society’s 35th Annual Scientific Sessions, the statement provides first-of-its-kind guidance on ICD therapy for the management of patient populations who are not well represented in clinical trials and, as a result, not specifically included in existing guidelines. 

September 14th

AHA/ACC Issue Heart Screening Recommendations for People 12-25

Healthcare professionals should include 14 key elements as a checklist for screening young people age 12-25 for congenital and genetic heart disease. If any of the elements are positive, further testing may be needed, but initial screening using electrocardiograms (ECG) to detect underlying genetic and congenital heart disease in this age group prior to employing this checklist, has not been shown to save lives, according to a joint American Heart Association (AHA)/ American College of Cardiology (ACC) statement.

Illinois Office of Preparedness and Response Announces AED Grant Opportunity

SPRINGFIELD, IL-- The Illinois Office of Preparedness and Response has announced the availability of funding for automated external defibrillators (AEDs) through Public Act 95-0721, the Heartsaver AED Fund. The fund provides matching grants for the purchase of AEDs for schools, public park districts, municipal recreation departments, conservation districts, forest preserve districts, colleges and universities in Illinois.

September 10th

The Rush to Save Joan Rivers

Joan RiversNEW YORK, NY--The call came in to 911 one second before 9:40 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28, from the staff at a clinic on East 93rd Street in Manhattan — a patient in cardiac arrest. The call was coded as “Segment 1,” the highest-level priority handled by 911, according to two New York City officials.

September 9th

Was Joan Rivers's Cardiac Arrest During a Medical Procedure Preventable?

Joan RiversComedian Joan Rivers’s death last week after going into cardiac arrest during an outpatient procedure on her vocal cords a week earlier at a New York medical clinic has raised questions. The New York State Health Department is investigating whether the facility followed proper procedures, but cardiac arrest during surgery is rare, said Dr. Benjamin Scirica, a cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

“Surgeons and anesthesiologists spend a lot of time before these procedures to identify any medical history, sign, or symptom that could put a patient at risk for cardiac arrest,” he said.

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