Archive - 2016 - SCA Article

Archive - 2016 - SCA Article

December 21st

Heart-Related Deaths Spike at Christmas

Study Highlights

  • Heart-related deaths spike around Christmas, and the effect may not be because of the cold winter season.
  • Using data from New Zealand allowed researchers to separate any “winter effect” from a “holiday effect.”
  • More research is needed to determine the cause for the increase during the Christmas season.

DALLAS, TX — Heart-related deaths spike during Christmas, but the effect may have nothing to do with the cold winter season, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

December 20th

Exploring Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival: Proceedings of a Workshop

WASHINGTON, DC--Cardiac arrest often strikes seemingly healthy individuals without warning and without regard to age, gender, race, or health status. Following the release of the 2015 Institute of Medicine (IOM) consensus report, Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival: A Time to Act, eight sponsors asked the Health and Medicine Division to hold a workshop to assemble diverse stakeholders who would explore the barriers and opportunities for advancing the IOM recommendations. The workshop brought together diverse stakeholders to explore common ground and different approaches to advance the field of resuscitation and the treatment of cardiac arrest, building on recommendations included in the 2015 IOM report.

December 18th

CPR Survivor and Actress/Recording Artist Ilisa Juried to Appear on Rose Parade® Float Keep the Beat Alive

The float celebrates a new law that requires CPR training of most California high school students; amazing float rider stories tell how CPR saves lives

LOS ANGELES, CA--Union Bank and the American Heart Association (AHA) Western States Affiliate announced today that Ilisa Juried will appear on their float Keep the Beat Alive in the 2017 Rose Parade® presented by Honda on Jan. 2. The singer/songwriter/actress will take center stage and appear in the float’s heart-shaped DJ booth surrounded by CPR survivors and teens who saved lives with CPR. The float’s mission is to encourage everyone, especially youth, to learn CPR.

New Report Outlines 10 Measures for the Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death

American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Clinical Performance and Quality Measures

WASHINGTON--A new report presents 10 quality and performance measures that are intended to help stakeholders—including health systems, legislative bodies, and nongovernmental organizations, as well as healthcare practitioners, patients, families and communities—in the effort to prevent sudden cardiac death. The joint report from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association is published online today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Sudden cardiac death is an unexpected death due to the sudden cessation of cardiac activity, which is also known as sudden cardiac arrest. The two phrases are often used interchangeably; however, sudden cardiac death should only be used to describe fatal events.

December 16th

Henry Heimlich, Famous for Antichoking Technique, Dies at 96

Dr. Henry J. Heimlich, the thoracic surgeon and medical maverick who developed and crusaded for the antichoking technique that has been credited with saving an estimated 100,000 lives, died on Saturday at a hospital in Cincinnati after suffering a heart attack at his home there last Monday, his family said. He was 96.

More than four decades after inventing his maneuver, Dr. Heimlich used it himself on May 23 to save the life of an 87-year-old woman choking on a morsel of meat at Deupree House, their senior residence in Cincinnati. He said it was the first time he had ever used the maneuver in an emergency, although he had made a similar claim in 2003.

December 9th

Katie Koenig, SCA Foundation Board Chair, Named One of 40 Under 40 in Chicago

CHICAGO, IL--Katie Koenig, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, has been named to the 2016 "40 under 40" list by Crain's Chicago Business for her outstanding business and civic leadership. Koenig was nominated for this honor by colleagues at the University of Chicago Medicine and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, among others.

December 5th

Costs Should Not Stand in Way of Screening for Hidden Heart Conditions

New research confirms screening Iis cost effective and should be made available to all teens and young adults

The Government has “got it wrong” when it comes to listening to the recommendations of its National Screening Committee regarding the implementation of a UK cardiac screening program for your young people. That’s the verdict of the leading charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) that claims NSC reviews are based on flawed data and lack of access to new research.

Supporting its calls for greater access to a cost-effective and life-saving service, important new data analysed by researchers from CRY has just been presented at the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions (November 2016), adding further weight to the argument that proactive cardiac screening must be offered to all young people whether elite athletes, grass-roots players or the general population.

November 30th

Epinephrine Increases Survival After Cardiac Arrest, Study Says

DALLAS – Dec. 1, 2016 –Hospitals in which the administration of epinephrine to patients whose hearts have stopped is delayed beyond five minutes have significantly lower survival rates of those patients, a new study led by a cardiologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center finds.

Using data from a large registry, the national team of cardiologists found that nearly 13 percent of patients survived cardiac arrest when epinephrine shots were given within the first five minutes of the heart stopping, compared to about 11 percent when the epinephrine was given after five minutes, independent of all other aspects of care.

November 16th

West Penn Hospital to Provide Heart Screenings for Local Student-Athletes

Physicians at West Penn Hospital, part of Allegheny Health Network (AHN), are conducting heart screenings for dozens of local middle and high school student-athletes today in an effort to detect potential cardiac abnormalities, including enlarged

PITTSBURGH, PA--Physicians at West Penn Hospital, part of Allegheny Health Network (AHN), are conducting heart screenings for dozens of local middle and high school student-athletes today in an effort to detect potential cardiac abnormalities, including enlarged hearts, that are often the reason an athlete unexpectedly collapses on the court or field.

November 15th

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Is Not on Consumers' Radar, According to Research from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Presented at the AHA Resuscitation Science Symposium

Nearly 300,000 people die from sudden cardiac arrest each year in the U.S., but the life-threatening condition is not on consumers’ radar, according to a study by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, in collaboration with StrataVerve, presented at the American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium. Researchers found there is an urgent need to improve the public’s understanding of sudden cardiac arrest and the fact that immediate CPR and use of defibrillators can restore life.

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