Archive - Aug 2016 - SCA Article

Archive - Aug 2016 - SCA Article

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August 30th

Defibrillators Could Save Many More Lives If Associated with Basic Life Support Education

ROME, ITALY--Automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) fail to save lives when the public does not have basic life support education, according to research presented today at ESC Congress 2016. The study found that public access defibrillation (PAD) programs are unevenly deployed across France, with an obvious impact on out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) survival rate.

“The survival rate of OHCA remains extremely low,” said Dr. Nicole Karam, an interventional cardiologist at the European Hospital Georges Pompidou in Paris, France, on behalf of the Paris Sudden Death Expertise Centre led by Professor Xavier Jouven.

Sudden Death in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Rarely Associated with Exercise

ROME, ITALY--Sudden death in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is rarely associated with exercise, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2016 today by Dr. Gherardo Finocchiaro, a cardiologist at St. George’s University of London, UK.(1) Nearly 80% of patients in the study had no symptoms and only one in five had been diagnosed with HCM before their death.

August 27th

Traffic Accidents Increased by 50% in Patients with ICDs

ROME, ITALY--The risk of traffic accidents is increased by 50% in patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) compared to age and gender matched controls, according to a Danish nationwide registry study presented at ESC Congress 2016 today.

“Driving after ICD implantation is an area of great debate and concern for both doctors and patients,” said lead author Dr Jenny Bjerre, a physician at Herlev and Gentofte University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark. “Our study provides contemporary data suggesting that the risk of motor vehicle accidents is in fact increased following ICD implantation when compared to controls.”

August 22nd

Researchers Create Model to Predict Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Based on 12 risk factors, researchers say risk for sudden cardiac arrest could be predicted.

PHILADELPHIA, PA--Each year more than 300,000 Americans will succumb to out-of-hospital sudden cardiac death (SCD) – the immediate and unexpected cessation of the heart’s ability to function properly – one of the leading causes of death in the United States. For the first time, a team of researchers led by Rajat Deo, MD, MTR, an assistant professor of Cardiovascular Medicine in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has developed and validated a prediction model to determine sudden cardiac death risk in adults without a history of cardiovascular disease (CVD). This research is detailed in a paper published in Circulation.

Knowing the Signs and Reducing the Risk

Steve Englert’s link to Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a bit different from others featured on this site. Steve is not a survivor. He has not suffered an SCA.  He has not had to be rescued by heroes with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or an automated external defibrillator (AED.) Steve got involved with the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation because of his risk of SCA.

August 18th

Genetic Tests for Potentially Fatal Heart Anomaly Can Misdiagnose Condition in Black Americans

Genetic testing has greatly improved physicians’ ability to detect potentially lethal heart anomalies among asymptomatic family members of people who suffer cardiac arrest or sudden cardiac death.

But a study from Harvard Medical School published in the Aug. 18 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine shows that over the last decade these lifesaving tools may have disproportionately misdiagnosed one cardiac condition — hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) – in black Americans.

HCM, which affects one in 500 people, is an often-asymptomatic thickening of the heart muscle that can spark fatal arrhythmias in seemingly healthy young adults.

August 14th

AED Accessibility a Barrier During Cardiac Arrest

Operating hours of public AED locations not considered when placing devices - See more at: https://www.acc.org/about-acc/press-releases/2016/08/15/13/56/aed-accessibility-a-barrier-during-cardiac-arrest?w_nav=S#sthash.Ga1xgJJo.dpuf
Operating hours of public AED locations not considered when placing devices - See more at: https://www.acc.org/about-acc/press-releases/2016/08/15/13/56/aed-accessibility-a-barrier-during-cardiac-arrest?w_nav=S#sthash.Ga1xgJJo.dpuf
Operating hours of public AED locations not considered when placing devices - See more at: https://www.acc.org/about-acc/press-releases/2016/08/15/13/56/aed-accessibility-a-barrier-during-cardiac-arrest?w_nav=S#sthash.Ga1xgJJo.dpuf

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August 7th

Dana Vollmer Overcomes Heart Condition and Successfully Competes in Rio Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL-- Dana Vollmer didn’t set the world record Sunday night. She didn’t even successfully defend her gold medal in the 100-meter butterfly.

But Vollmer didn’t leave the Olympic Aquatics Stadium disappointed.

She also didn’t leave without more hardware. The 28-year-old proudly wore the bronze medal around her neck after swimming a time of 56.63 seconds. Only 17 months after giving birth to Arlen Jackson Grant and 15 months after resuming her career, it felt more like gold.

August 3rd

Leaky Calcium Triggers Brainstem Blackout That Results in Sudden Cardiac Death

Epilepsy is an extremely common disorder affecting people of all ages, from infants through teenagers to older adults. One of the most mysterious things about this disorder is that about 6 percent of the people with epilepsy have an unusually high incidence of sudden unexpected death. In a paper published today on the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from Baylor College of Medicine report how a mutation in a gene involved in the regulation of calcium inside brain cells can help trigger blackouts of the brainstem, the center that controls heartbeat and breathing, and increase the risk of sudden unexpected death.

August 2nd

I Had the Sensation of Being Sucked Into the Earth

Bruce Benda, Pittsburgh, PA–52 at time of event (2014)

The old saw ‘ignorance is bliss’ applied when Hannah Benda, daughter of sudden cardiac arrest survivor Bruce Benda got word that her dad had suffered SCA at a golf outing at Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

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