Archive - 2014 - SCA Article

Archive - 2014 - SCA Article

November 3rd

Women Dismiss Heart Disease Warning Signs More Than Men

Women are more likely than men to dismiss chest pain that signals heart problems and to delay seeking medical help, even though heart disease is a leading cause of death for both women and men, according to a Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) expert.

Studying patients with suspected coronary artery disease who were about to undergo their first coronary angiogram, Catherine Kreatsoulas, Heart and Stroke Foundation research fellow at HSPH, and colleagues found that women appear more likely than men to have “optimism bias”—thinking they’re less at risk for bad health outcomes than they really are. This bias may keep them from seeking timely medical attention and could worsen their condition, according to Kreatsoulas.

October 28th

Grad Student Invents Flying Ambulance Drone To Deliver Emergency Shocks

Defibrillator droneDrones have been used to kill people in war zones and to spy on people. Now a sharp young  graduate student in the Netherlands has come up with an innovative new use for drones that could one day help save thousands of lives.

Screen All Infants, Children, and Teens to Help Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death Says CHOP Cardiology Expert

Vicky Vetter, MDPHILADELPHIA, PA-- While sudden cardiac death is undeniably devastating to a patient's family, friends and often to whole communities, cardiology experts disagree on whether to screen all U.S. children for underlying heart problems that put them at risk for a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). A person suffering a SCA requires immediate interventions to survive.

October 27th

A Google Pill to Detect An Imminent Heart Attack?

Andrew ConradLAGUNA BEACH, CALIFORNIA--Google is attempting to develop a pill that would send microscopic particles into the bloodstream in an effort to identify cancers, imminent heart attacks, and other diseases.

Retailers Do Not Have to Keep a Defibrillator On-Site, Says California Court

Decision called troubling by Judge Harry Pregerson. "Defibrillators are crucial to the survival of sudden cardiac-arrest victims,” were formerly sold by Target for $1,200, and, according to one study, can be used effectively by untrained sixth-graders. He said on-site defibrillators are particularly useful in big-box stores, because of the time it would take for an outside medical crew to navigate the premises. He also noted that Oregon requires large retailers to keep the devices available.

Retail stores in California have no duty to keep defibrillators on hand in case a customer suffers (sudden cardiac arrest), a federal appeals court said Tuesday, accepting the legal analysis of the state Supreme Court.

October 26th

NIH and CDC Announce Grantees for the Sudden Death in the Young Registry

The NIH and CDC has announced awards to 10 grantees for the Sudden Death in the Young Registry. Six are current or former grantees from the Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) Registry: Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Wisconsin. Four are new grantees: Delaware, Tennessee, the city of San Francisco and the Tidewater region of Virginia.

Grants were awarded on September 30, 2014. After a period of training and preparation, the grantees will begin reviewing cases in January 2015.  After obtaining consent, information gathered through Child Death Review and advanced clinical review will be entered into a database managed by the Michigan Public Health Institute and DNA samples will be stored at a biorepository.

October 21st

Alternate Approach to Traditional CPR Saves Lives

Use of ECMO during CPR improves outcomes

A new study shows that survival and neurological outcomes for patients in cardiac arrest can be improved by adding extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) when performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The study abstract was released today in an online supplement of the journal CHEST and will be presented at CHEST 2014, the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians in Austin, Texas held October 25-30.

Despite advances in medical care, less than 20% of people who experience a cardiac arrest make a full recovery. An alternate approach to traditional CPR is the use of ECMO during CPR (E-CPR), which provides immediate cardiovascular support when traditional methods fail. E-CPR has been used increasingly in an attempt to improve outcomes after cardiac arrest.

October 20th

Paul Zoll, MD: The Pioneer Whose Discoveries Prevent Sudden Death

A New Biography by Stafford Cohen MD

Paul Zoll, MDThrough carefully documented historical analysis, Dr. Stafford Cohen presents a panoramic view of Paul Zoll (1911-1999) and his discoveries that were the ancestors of life saving implements commonly used today. This biography positions Zoll as the leading pioneer in preventing and treating life-threatening heart arrhythmias. His innovations changed the field. Zoll was the first in the world to electrically pace or defibrillate an arrested heart from the surface of the chest; the first in the world to alarm clinical cardiac monitors; the first USA coronary care unit used Zoll’s machines. He assisted in implanting the world’s second long term fully-contained pacemaker—which he helped to develop.  

Heart Rate May Predict Survival and Brain Function in Comatose Cardiac Arrest Survivors

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND--Researchers may have developed a way to potentially assist prognostication in the first 24 hours after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) when patients are still in a coma. Their findings are revealed today at Acute Cardiovascular Care 2014 by Dr. Jakob Hartvig Thomsen from Copenhagen, Denmark.

Acute Cardiovascular Care is the annual meeting of the Acute Cardiovascular Care Association (ACCA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and takes place 18-20 October in Geneva, Switzerland.

October 17th

Vitamin D Deficiency Increases Poor Brain Function After Cardiac Arrest Sevenfold

Lack of vitamin D also increases mortality

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND--Vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of poor brain function after sudden cardiac arrest by seven-fold, according to research presented at Acute Cardiovascular Care 2014 by Dr. Jin Wi from Korea. Vitamin D deficiency also led to a higher chance of dying after sudden cardiac arrest.

Acute Cardiovascular Care is the annual meeting of the Acute Cardiovascular Care Association (ACCA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and takes place 18-20 October in Geneva, Switzerland.

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