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New Research: Americans Underestimate Dangers of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

WASHINGTON, DC — Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) claims more lives each year than breast cancer, lung cancer or AIDS, yet according to a new Heart Rhythm Society survey, four out of five Americans vastly underestimate the severity of this serious public health issue that causes more than 250,000 deaths each year. In response to these startling statistics, the Heart Rhythm Society is calling attention to the need for more public education and research, as well as wider access to life-saving SCA treatments during the first ever Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month in October.

Resolution to Name October SCA Awareness Month Passes in Senate

A concurrent resolution supporting the goals and ideals of “National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month,” S. Con. Res. 93: A concurrent resolution expresses support for the goals and ideals of National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, first introduced on July 15, 2008, was passed in the Senate today.

Sponsored by Sen. Byron Dorgan [D-ND] and co-sponsored by Sen. Robert Bennett [R-UT], Sen. Sherrod Brown [D-OH], Sen. Susan Collins [R-ME], Sen. Michael Crapo [R-ID], and Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL], the legislation is designed to focus the nation on a leading cause of death in the U.S.: sudden cardiac arrest.

AED Recall

Physio Control, Inc., has issued a recall of LifePak CR Plus Automated External Defibrillators (AED), used by emergency or medical personnel to treat adults in cardiopulmonary arrest. The product was recalled because the AED instructs the responder by voice prompts to press the shock button which is not visible because it is covered, thereby making the responder unable to provide shock therapy. The AED device should be removed from service or the manufacturer-provided diagram should be consulted to remove and discard the shock button cover.
 

Read the entire 2008 MedWatch Safety Summary, including a link to the manufacturer's Recall Notice regarding this issue: Click here.

ACTION ALERT: Please Urge Your Legislators to Designate October as SCA Awareness Month

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, along with other members of the SCA Coalition, urges you to help raise awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) by contacting your Legislators and asking them to co-sponsor House Concurrent Resolution 393 and Senate Concurrent Resolution 93  supporting the establishment of October as yearly “National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month.” The legislation was introduced by Sen. Chip Pickering (R-MS) yesterday.

Ultrasound Used to Predict Heart Attack Risk

August 19, 2008–ScienceDaily–Repeat exams using widely available and inexpensive ultrasound imaging could help identify patients at high risk for a heart attack or other adverse cardiovascular events, according to a study published in the September issue of the journal Radiology. Heart attack is one of the causes of sudden cardiac arrest.

 

Researchers performed ultrasound imaging on the carotid arteries of 1,268 patients who were asymptomatic but at high risk for cardiovascular disease. Of those, ultrasound determined that 574 patients had carotid artery disease, as determined by the amount of plaque built up in the two vessels that supply blood to the head and neck. Each of those patients had a second ultrasound exam six to nine months later to measure changes in the plaque lining the arteries.

Lifesaving Implantable Devices Underused in Heart Patients

August 18, 2008–Fewer than half of eligible patients in the U.S. received medical devices to shock their faulty hearts back into rhythm, though the products can cut death rates by more than one-third, a study found.

Hospitals implanted the $33,000 cardiac resynchronization therapy devices in 12.4 percent of heart failure patients, according to a survey of 34,000 cases published online in the journal Circulation. Previous studies suggest 30 percent to 50 percent of heart failure patients have conditions that make them best suited for the pacemakers, said Jonathan Piccini, a Duke University cardiologist who co-authored the paper.

Defibs in Space...

August 13, 2008–REDMOND, WA–The International Space Station (ISS) is now equipped with the first automated external defibrillator (AED) in space. The AED will be available for NASA crew members should someone experience sudden cardiac arrest in space.

The ISS has utilized manual defibrillators in the past, but NASA decided to now deploy an AED because it requires less training and maintenance, better enabling astronauts to respond to a medical emergency. The small size and light weight of the device also help minimize hardware mass and volume onboard the Space Station.

NASA's Medical Operations personnel evaluated the use of the AED in zero gravity conditions aboard a NASA DC-9 test aircraft as part of developing their advanced life support use protocols.

Source: Physio-Control

 

Bill Seeks to Mandate CPR Training in High Schools in Phillipines

 

August 14, 2008–MANILA, Philippines–To combat the high incidence of death by cardiac arrest in the country, a lawmaker has filed a bill seeking the mandatory teaching of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in public and private secondary schools.

In a statement on Thursday, Alliance for Rural Concerns partylist representative Narciso Santiago III said he filed House Bill 4422 because there is a need to teach young people CPR as most cases of cardiac arrests happen at home.

The CPR is an emergency medical procedure for people whose hearts have stopped due to cardiac arrest caused by heart attack, gas poisoning, drug overdose, head injury, drowning, suffocation, and electric shock, among others.

Florida Construction Firm Makes AEDs Standard Equipment at Jobsites

August 6, 2008–FORT LAUDERDALE–Florida-based construction firm Moss & Associates yesterday announced a new program to deploy automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at each of its more than 30 jobsites to accelerate a life-saving response in the event of a cardiac arrest. While AEDs are increasingly being installed in public gathering places such as stadiums, shopping malls, hotels, airports, and bus terminals, their use in the workplace is just beginning to gain momentum, said Brian Trusky, Moss vice president-loss prevention. The company will consider AEDs standard safety equipment at all Moss jobsites throughout Florida and the Caribbean.

Trusky said Moss is following AHA guidelines by training job site supervisors and other personnel in the use of AEDs as well as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques. “We believe this investment in AED training and equipment adds a new dimension to our workplace safety program,” he said.

Making Sudden Cardiac Arrest a National Health Priority

National Medical Association Issues White Paper on Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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