Archive - Oct 2017 - SCA Article

Archive - Oct 2017 - SCA Article


Societies Detail Treatment for Patients With Ventricular Arrhythmias

WASHINGTON, DC--The American College of Cardiology, along with the American Heart Association and the Heart Rhythm Society, today published new guidelines for the treatment of patients with ventricular arrhythmias and the prevention of sudden cardiac death.

Ventricular arrhythmias are an abnormal heartbeat arising from the heart’s lower chambers, or ventricles. This condition can lead to cardiac arrest, which, in turn, results in sudden cardiac death if the abnormal rhythm is not quickly stopped to restore a normal rhythm.

October 25th

Training CPR Rescuers, One Traveler at a Time

There are currently 16 Hands-Only CPR training kiosks nationwide.

After Indianapolis International Airport installed a Hands-Only CPR training kiosk in March 2016, Juan Muñoz, a police officer at the airport, made it a regular stop as he patrolled the terminals, trying it a couple times a week.

The interactive program, which measures quality of compression depth and pace, as well as hand position, sparked a competitive spirit in Muñoz, who kept trying to improve his results.

“I just kept practicing until I perfected it,” said Muñoz, who is required to undergo CPR certification every two years.

A month later, on April 5, those skills were put to the test when a passenger alerted Muñoz to a woman in cardiac distress.

October 22nd

African Americans Live Shorter Lives Due to Heart Disease and Stroke

Statement Highlights:

  • African Americans carry a higher burden of cardiovascular diseases compared with white Americans.
  • Risk factors for heart disease appear earlier in African Americans than in whites.
  • Social determinants of health, stress and cultural factors all play a role.

The scientific statement notes that African Americans have higher rates of both sudden cardiac arrest and sudden cardiac death, compared with white Americans.

October 17th

MRI May Predict Neurological Outcomes for Cardiac Arrest Survivors

MRI-based measurements of the functional connections in the brain can help predict long-term recovery in patients who suffer neurological disability after cardiac arrest, according to a study appearing online in the journal Radiology.

OAKBROOK, IL--Cardiac arrest, or abrupt loss in heart function, is a common and often deadly occurrence that affects hundreds of thousands of people every year in the United States alone, according to the American Heart Association. Many patients who survive end up with severe neurological disabilities, as the temporary loss of oxygenated blood flow to the brain can result in widespread neuronal cell death.

October 16th

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Named an Official National Charity in the 2017 OPM’s Combined Federal Campaign

Federal employees and retirees may choose the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation (CFC# 87197) when they make one-time gifts or choose payroll deductions beginning in October.

PITTSBURGH, PA--The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has approved the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation as an official nonprofit organization in the 2017 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), through the Heart & Health Charities federation.

October 15th

Scottish Ambulance Service Reports Rise in Successful Resuscitations from Cardiac Arrest

World class’results for Scotland show innovative new approaches are working.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND--There has been a rise in the number of people who are being successfully resuscitated following a cardiac arrest in Scotland according to new figures.

Latest Scottish Ambulance Service statistics show that, on average, 66 per cent of patients suffering a witnessed cardiac arrest by ambulance crews were successfully resuscitated and alive on arrival at hospital over the last six months.

The figures, released ahead of this year’s ‘Restart a Heart Day’, follow a number of innovative new approaches brought in by the Scottish Ambulance Service over the last year.

October 12th

SCA Survivors Are Invited to Nominate Their Rescuers for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation's People Saving People Award

October is National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month and cardiac arrest survivors across the country are undoubtedly celebrating the fact that thanks to people who happened to be nearby and took immediate action, they defied the odds and survived sudden cardiac death.

October 10th

Mitochondrial DNA Could Predict Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death, Heart Disease

New studies add to evidence of link between mitochondrial DNA copy number and risk for cardiovascular disease

October 5th

Taking Hockey to Heart

Spectators experienced significantly elevated heart rates, equivalent to rates with vigorous exercise, while watching hockey games live or on TV, according to a new study in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology

October 4th

Low Serum Calcium May Increase Risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Findings of a new study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings have potential implications for mechanisms as well as prevention of SCA

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