Archive - Sep 2019 - SCA Article

Archive - Sep 2019 - SCA Article

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September 25th

Check Your AED. Is It FDA Approved?

Today, the FDA updated the Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) webpage to provide a list of FDA-approved AEDs. AEDs can be highly effective in saving the lives of people suffering cardiac arrest when used in the first few minutes following collapse from cardiac arrest.

September 24th

Kentucky Office of Rural Health Awarded Grant to Improve Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates in Rural Counties

HAZARD, KY--The Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH) has been awarded a three-year, $750,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to improve out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest survival rates among residents of rural counties served by the state’s 27 designated critical access hospitals. The University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health, in Hazard, serves as the federally-designated KORH.      

September 15th

Optimized Placement of Defibrillators May Improve Cardiac Arrest Outcomes

WASHINGTON, DC--Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are often placed in areas of low risk and may be unavailable during certain times of the day. Determining the optimal location for AEDs may lead to increased defibrillation by bystanders and increased survival in those experiencing out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), according to research published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

The use of publicly accessible AEDs is associated with significantly better outcomes in patients experiencing OHCA as long as they are available during a time of need.

September 3rd

Patients with Cardiac Devices Do Not Adhere to Driving Ban

PARIS, FRANCE--Nearly one-third of patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) resume driving despite it being medically contraindicated – a practice that is dangerous for themselves and others, and is illegal in some countries. The Danish research is presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. (1)

September 1st

Decline in Sports-Related Sudden Cardiac Death Linked with Rise in Bystander Resuscitation

PARIS, FRANCE--Fewer sports-related sudden cardiac arrest victims die nowadays, a trend linked with increased bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), reports a study presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. (1) The late breaking study also found that the incidence of sudden cardiac arrest during sports has not changed over the last decade.

August 31st

Testing and Family Screening Lacking Among Young Victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

PARIS, FRANCE--Less than 4% of relatives of young cardiac arrest victims receive information on family screening that could prevent further deaths, according to research presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. (1)

“When a patient under 45 dies from sudden cardiac arrest, the probability of an inherited cardiac disease is highly likely and accurately identifying the cause is crucial for relatives,” said study author Dr Ardalan Sharifzadehgan of the Paris Sudden Death Expertise Centre (Paris-SDEC), France.

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