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Magnets in cell phones and smart watches may affect pacemakers and other implanted medical devices

Some consumer electronic devices, such as certain cell phones and smart watches, include high field strength magnets. Recent studies have shown that consumer electronic devices with high field strength magnets may cause certain implanted medical devices to switch to “magnet mode” and suspend normal operations until the magnet is moved away from… Read More

Many children with cardiomyopathy have a genetic mutation but few are screened

Routine genetic screening for all children with cardiomyopathy could make a powerful difference in outcomes and even survival BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A national, University at Buffalo-led study on genes in pediatric cardiomyopathy demonstrates strong evidence for routine genetic screening in children with the disease. The study, published April 28 in… Read More

Study paves the way for preventing sudden cardiac arrest in the community

SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, FRANCE--A study comparing commonly used medications for type 2 diabetes has found that sulfonylurea drugs are associated with a reduced risk of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest compared with metformin. The research is published today in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology1 and presented at EHRA 2021, an online scientific… Read More

Can a personalized approach more accurately allocate cardiac devices?

SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS -- A novel project testing the value of personalised treatment and applying artificial intelligence (AI) to better select patients for an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is outlined today at EHRA 2021, the online annual congress of the ESC’s European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA). Sudden cardiac death accounts for… Read More

Study highlights risks of anxiety and depression after cardiac device implantation

SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, FRANCE--Patients receiving an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) should be regularly screened for anxiety and depression, according to research presented at EHRA 2021, an online scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).1 Study author Professor Susanne Pedersen of Odense University Hospital,… Read More

High school student, Kaitlin Ryan, saves her father’s life on Tampa area golf course

Now she is advocating to save other lives. PITTSBURGH, PA--These were uncertain times. It was the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. To find some semblance of normal, Kaitlin Ryan, 15, a student at Palm Harbor University High School, and her father Stephen Ryan, 49, would often go to a nearby golf course to get outside and share their passion… Read More

Athletes unlikely to develop cardiac complications from COVID, study shows

Highlights: To date, no adverse cardiac events related to SARS-CoV-2 infection have been observed among more than 3,000 collegiate athletes during short-term clinical surveillance. Findings suggest safe return-to-play without cardiac testing for asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic athletes. DALLAS, TX--While the lasting impact of COVID-19 on… Read More

Monash study of cardiac arrests at schools and universities highlights the importance of available and findable public access defibrillators

A Monash University study of cardiac arrests on university campuses and primary and secondary schools has highlighted the need for more publicly available and – importantly – findable – defibrillators. Each year more than 24,000 Australians have a sudden out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Survival rates are currently only around 10% but early… Read More

Take a step for survival!

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is once again participating in the annual Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. The 2021 Virtual Highmark Walk is an online only virtual walk and fundraiser. Participants may take their first steps anytime—by walking on a treadmill, in a park, or around their neighborhood. Participants may also… Read More

Instructed in CPR by 911 dispatcher, Nebraska couple saves 13-day-old son

During a nightly TV newscast in January, anchor Bill Schammert's voice broke as he described why he'd been off the air for a few days. It started when his 13-day-old son, Cameron, came down with a case of the sniffles. Just to be on the safe side, the pediatrician suggested bringing him in for a checkup. They never made it there. After strapping… Read More