Archive - 2015 - SCA Article

Archive - 2015 - SCA Article

August 30th

Gene Associated with Sudden Cardiac Death Identified by ICD Monitoring

First-of-its-dind discovery furthers understanding of role of genetics in sudden cardiac death, may help identify patients at increased risk

LONDON, UK--A gene associated with sudden cardiac death in the general population has been identified using implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) monitoring, according to two independent studies. The research, presented for the first time at European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress, included patients from the DISCOVERY trial and Oregon-SUDS trial and discovered that a polymorphism in the GNAS gene predicted ventricular tachyarrhythmias and sudden cardiac death.

August 29th

CPR Should Be Conducted for At Least 35 Minutes

LONDON, UK--Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest should be conducted for at least 35 minutes, according to research presented at European Society of Cardiology Congress today by Dr. Yoshikazu Goto, associate professor and director of the Department of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine at Kanazawa University Hospital in Kanazawa, Japan. The study in more than 17,000 patients found that nearly all survivals were achieved within 35 minutes and longer CPR achieved little benefit.

Efforts to Improve AED Usage Increase Bystander Defibrillation in Public, But Not at Home

LONDON, UK--Efforts to improve automated external defibrillator (AED) usage increase bystander defibrillation in public places but not at home, reveals a study of more than 25,000 cardiac arrest patients presented at ESC Congress today by Dr. Steen Hansen, a PhD student in the Department of Health, Science and Technology at Aalborg University in Denmark. Efforts included increased numbers of AEDs, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) education and a nationwide AED registry.

Bystander CPR Linked to Lower Nursing Home Admission and Brain Damage After Cardiac Arrest

Danish study: Risk of brain damage or nursing home admission was 30% lower if bystanders performed CPR than if they did not. National initiatives in Denmark, including mandatory CPR training in elementary school and as a prerequisite for a driver's license, and emergency dispatcher CPR coaching contributed to increased rates of CPR and survival.

LONDON, UK--Bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) has been linked to a 30% lower risk of nursing home admission and brain damage in survivors of cardiac arrest outside hospital in research presented at ESC Congress today by Dr. Kristian Kragholm, a PhD student in the Department of Anesthesiology, Cardiovascular Research Centre, Aalborg University Hospital, Denmark.

August 28th

ESC Recommends DNA Analysis in Post Mortems of Young Sudden Death Victims

LONDON, UK--European Society of Cardiology Guidelines published today recommend DNA analysis as a fundamental component of post mortem assessment in young sudden death victims. Identification of a genetic cause helps to quickly diagnose and protect relatives.The Guidelines are published online in European Heart Journal and on the ESC Website and are the European update to the 2006 European/American guidelines. They focus on preventing sudden cardiac death in patients with ventricular arrhythmias.

August 27th

CPR: Not Always a Lifesaver, But It Plays One on TV

If you think that performing CPR on a person whose heart has stopped is a surefire way to save their life, you may be watching too much TV.

A study by University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology researchers revealed that popular medical dramas Grey’s Anatomy and House show cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) successfully saving a “patient’s” life in nearly 70 percent of the scenes in which it was depicted. Half of the fictional patients who received CPR made enough of a recovery to eventually leave the hospital.

August 25th

Delay in Administration of Adrenaline and Survival for Children with Cardiac Arrest

Among children with in-hospital cardiac arrest with an initial nonshockable heart rhythm who received epinephrine (adrenaline), delay in administration of epinephrine was associated with a decreased chance of 24-hour survival and survival to hospital discharge, according to a study in the August 25 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Approximately 16,000 children in the United States have a cardiac arrest each year, predominantly in a hospital setting. Epinephrine is recommended by both the American Heart Association and the European Resuscitation Council in pediatric cardiac arrest. Delay in administration of the first epinephrine dose is associated with decreased survival among adults after in-hospital, nonshockable (pulseless electrical activity or asystole) cardiac arrest. Whether this association is the same for children has not been known, according to background information in the article. 

August 24th

Study Finds Paramedic Care Delivered On-Scene for 10 to 35 Minutes Leads to Better Outcomes for Pediatric Cardiac Arrests

TORONTO, ON--Less than 10 per cent of pediatric patients who suffer a cardiac arrest outside of the hospital survive. There are many factors which can influence survival rates; paramedic care is one of them.  

Thanks to the advanced training of paramedics, today, they can spend more time on the scene doing CPR or providing medical care including administering intravenous fluids and medications. However until now, it has not been known if the length of time spent on the scene and onsite medical interventions by paramedics are associated with improved survival for pediatric patients.

August 9th

Mass. General-Led Team Identifies First Gene That Causes Mitral Valve Prolapse

International network reveals role of gene mutations in families with inherited cardiac disorder that can lead to sudden cardiac arrest

August 5th

Secretary Johnson Presents DHS Employees With Chief Medical Officer Life Saving Award

WASHINGTON, DC--Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson today presented three Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees with the Chief Medical Officer Life Saving Award, which recognizes Department personnel who have taken action in order to save a life. Secretary Johnson was joined at the ceremony by Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kathryn Brinsfield to honor U.S. Secret Service Officers Daniel Martz and Fernandez Blackshear and U.S. Coast Guard Health Services Technician First Class (HS1) Jonathan Edwards.

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