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ICD Placements Not Meeting Medicare Coverage Criteria Decline After Investigation into Potential Overuse Announced

NCDR ICD Registry data show 16.1 percent decline in year after DOJ begins investigation Following the announcement of a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into potential overuse of primary prevention implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) that did not meet the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) National Coverage… Read More

Wearable Defibrillators Are a Safe and Effective Alternative to ICDs in Certain Pediatric Heart Patients

Study Highlights: Study finds external wearable defibrillators are safe and effective in children with ventricular heart rhythm disorders that put them at risk for sudden cardiac death. The wearable devices may provide a reliable alternative to surgically implanted defibrillators in patients who cannot have surgically placed devices or who do… Read More

Onsite Defibrillators Helping to Increase Cardiac Arrest Survival

The use of onsite automated external defibrillators (AED), increasingly found in places like airports and sports stadiums, is raising the chances of surviving a cardiac arrest, suggests a recent study from Europe. Between 2008 and 2013 in regions of Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden, the proportion of patients experiencing cardiac arrest outside… Read More

CPR Is Key to Survival from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation increases the possibility of surviving sudden cardiac arrest. But it’s not just trained professionals who can jump in to perform CPR. There are simple, life-saving steps any bystander can take. “We think it should be a basic life skill,” such as knowing to call 911 when there’s a fire, said Dr. Clifton Callaway, a … Read More

Improved CPR Training Could Save More Lives, Research Finds

American Heart Association Scientific Statement addresses gaps in training that lead to flat survival rates for cardiac arrest victims Statement Highlights: Addresses gaps in resuscitation training that lead to flat survival rates for cardiac arrest victims. Standardized online and in-person courses are falling short and not always… Read More

Gene Editing Technology May Improve Accuracy of Predicting Individuals’ Heart Disease Risk

Study Highlights: Gene-editing technology may help scientists discern whether genetic variations with undetermined effects are harmless or dangerous. Researchers used the technology to assess a genetic variant suspected to have a role in enlarged hearts. Gene editing may help assess a person’s individual disease risk and improve the quality… Read More

Apple’s iOS 12 Securely and Automatically Shares Emergency Location with 911

NASHVILLE, TN--iPhone users in the United States who call 911 will be able to automatically and securely share their location data with first responders beginning later this year with iOS 12, providing faster and more accurate information to help reduce emergency response times.   Approximately 80 percent of 911 calls today come from mobile… Read More

Studying Heart Disease After Death Can Help the Living

Study Highlights: Autopsy findings provide valuable information about causes and natural history of overall cardiovascular disease. Several papers in a special issue of Circulation offer insight into how autopsy contributes to answers about the causes of sudden cardiac death, information from implantable device to improve heart function, and… Read More

Deaths from Cardiac Arrest Are Misclassified, Overestimated

Nearly 1 in 7 Are Due to a Hidden Drug Overdose, UCSF Autopsy Study Finds SAN FRANCISCO, CA--Forty percent of deaths attributed to cardiac arrest are not sudden or unexpected, and nearly half of the remainder are not arrhythmic – the only situation in which CPR and defibrillators are effective – according to an analysis by researchers at UC San… Read More

Drowning Can Be Fast and Silent, But It Can Be Prevented, Too

Just back from a run with her husband, Laura Metro faced a parent’s worst nightmare: Her 6-year-old daughter, Maison, ran to her screaming, “I think Clay died! I think Clay died!” Metro’s 3-year-old son, who was swimming with family friends, was found at the bottom of the pool with his towel. One friend started CPR – or the closest thing he knew… Read More