Archive - 2014 - SCA Article

Archive - 2014 - SCA Article

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.

August 17th

Poor Health Literacy Poses Risks for Pacemaker and Defibrillator Patients

NEW YORK, NY--Patients who rely on pacemakers and defibrillators to maintain a normal heart rhythm run the risk of serious health complications if they don't fully understand how the devices work and what to do when they experience an irregular heartbeat. But a study from Columbia University School of Nursing published this month in the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing found that 40 percent of patients with these devices had little to no ability to understand information about their cardiac health.

Implantable Heart Devices Result in Similar Survival Benefits Among Ethnic, Racial Groups

Gregg Fonarow, MDLOS ANGELES--Racial and ethnic minorities who receive implantable devices to treat heart failure derive the same substantial survival benefit from these therapies as white patients, new UCLA-led research shows.

While the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association jointly recommend the use of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices for all eligible patients, minorities have not been well represented in clinical trials of the devices, and previous studies had shown that African American and Hispanic patients are less likely to receive these recommended therapies.

August 14th

Convention and Visitors Bureau Becomes Part of the Springfield LifeSave Plus Initiative

Springfield LifeSaveSPRINGFIELD, MO--The Convention & Visitors Bureau has joined the ranks of the Springfield LifeSave Plus initiative to help the community and guests to the city be safer.

The CVB staff took the city initiative to not only equip the Route 66 Springfield Information Center and CVB offices, 815 E. St. Louis St., with a life-saving Automated External Defibrillator, but also to certify over half of the staff in CPR through the American Heart Association.

Emergency Responders Credit Public Access Defibrillator with Saving Hockey Player’s Life

GUELPH, ONTARIO--Emergency responders—fire, police and EMS—are highlighting the importance of having public access defibrillators (PADs) in community spaces.

On Thursday, August 14, a 9-1-1 call was made from the University of Guelph sports arena to report that a 49-year-old hockey player had collapsed and was without vital signs.

As fire and EMS personnel were dispatched to the call, Guelph Police Constable Stu Robertson and Campus Community Police Sgt. Steve Forbes, who were already at the university, were first to arrive on scene.

Rink staff brought the AED to the scene. An AED or automated external defibrillator is a portable electronic device used to get a heart back to its natural rhythms by delivering an electrical shock to the heart during a cardiac arrest.

After the initial shock was delivered, the patient regained a pulse.

August 13th

Saving Lives at Work

A message from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration

Improving survival from sudden cardiac arrest

  • There are 220,000 victims of sudden cardiac arrest per year in the United States [1]; about 10,000 sudden cardiac arrests occur at work.
  • Waiting for the arrival of emergency medical system personnel results in only 5-7% survival.
  • Studies with immediate defibrillation have shown up to 60% survival one year after sudden cardiac arrest.

Automated external defibrillators

August 11th

Survival Increases With Clinical Team Debriefing After In-hospital Cardiac Arrest

Lessons learned prepare team for future cases and increase chance of favorable neurologic outcome

August 6th

August 5th

US Lacrosse Announces the 2014 Recipients of AED Grants

BALTIMORE, MD--US Lacrosse is providing AED grants to 33 lacrosse organizations across 21 states to subsidize the cost of acquiring automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The grants, which total over $16,000, are made available through US Lacrosse's partnership with Cardiac Science, a global leader in the manufacturing of AEDs and other cardiology products and services.

August 1st

Study: Sudden Cardiac Death in Athletes More Common than Previously Recognized

Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death among athletes, but the incidence of such deaths has only been estimated, to date, because reporting has not been mandatory.

A new study by University of Washington researchers, with collaborators in the United Kingdom and Qatar, suggests that the incidence may be 1 in 50,000 — four times higher than the most frequently cited figure of 1 in 200,000 athletes. 

Two journals, Heart and the British Journal of Sports Medicine, simultaneously published the study online. The lead author is Dr. Kimberly Harmon, a UW professor of family medicine and of orthopedics and sports medicine.

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