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Study: Risk of Heart Attack, Cardiac Arrest Increases on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

NOTE: The following article was originally published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and states there is a high risk of both heart attacks and cardiac arrest at Christmastime. However, the original article it references, which appeared in the British Medical Journal, refers to heart attacks only. While heart attacks can lead to sudden cardiac arrest, they are very different conditions, requiring different responses. We apologize for any confusion.

Shaquille O'Neal's Son, Shareef, Sends Out Message After Undergoing Heart Surgery

Shareef O’Neal, son of NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille, appears to be doing well after undergoing heart surgery Thursday.

AHA Launches New Video to Increase Bystander CPR Among Millennial Women

Research shows that women are less likely to receive bystander CPR in public

DALLAS, TX--A new American Heart Association video spotlights the crucial role of bystander CPR among women in light of research findings that show gender disparities in bystander CPR response in public. The powerful video, produced by the American Heart Association, in conjunction with Anthem Foundation, looks to encourage millennial women to learn Hands-Only CPR because they may serve as a first responder if they witness an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

ECG App and Irregular Heart Rhythm Notification Available Today on Apple Watch

Starting today, the ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 marks the first direct-to-consumer product that enables customers to take an electrocardiogram right from their wrist, capturing heart rhythm in a moment when they experience symptoms like a rapid or skipped heart beat and helping to provide critical data to physicians. The irregular rhythm notification feature on Apple Watch can now also occasionally check heart rhythms in the background and send a notification if an irregular heart rhythm that appears to be atrial fibrillation (AFib) is identified.

The Legacy of Maggie Dixon

Maggie Dixon, a 28-year-old women’s basketball coach at the United States Military Academy, led the West Point team to its first appearance in the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Four weeks later, Maggie died suddenly, leaving behind a devastated family and a group of heartbroken players. Despite their tragic loss, friends, family, and team members took comfort in knowing that the values Maggie instilled in themselves and others would live on.

Bill Requiring Hotels to Have AEDs in Populated Locations Clears Assembly Panel

TRENTON, NJ--To protect the lives of New Jersey's hotel patrons, Assembly Members Joann Downey, Eric Houghtaling and Gabriela Mosquera have sponsored legislation ensuring hotels have automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the most populated areas of hotels. The bill cleared the Assembly Gaming, Tourism and the Arts Committee Monday.

"We must do everything in our abilities to protect the lives of New Jersey's residents," said Downey, D-Monmouth. "As shown by the tragic death of Michael Anthony Fornicola, AEDs can mean the difference between life and death, and this bill is in the interest of all New Jerseyans."

Running a Marathon Can Increase Cardiac Strain in Amateur Runners

Study Highlights:

  • Amateurs running full-length marathons could be significantly raising levels of several key biomarkers of cardiac strain.
  • Levels of two proteins – troponin I and troponin T– were highest after runners completed a full marathon compared to a half marathon, and a 10K race, as were other biomarkers of cardiac stress.

DALLAS, December 3, 2018 —Full marathons may significantly raise concentrations of several biomarkers of strain on the heart, according to new research in Circulation, Journal of the American Heart Association.

Revive Solutions Raises $3.4M Seed Round to Develop Life-Saving Cardiac Technology

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--Revive Solutions, Inc., a leading developer of a next generation Automated External Defibrillator (“AED”) addressing the global public health issue of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (“SCA”), has announced the completion of its $3.4M Seed Financing Round, which was led by new investor, Greenbox Venture Partners, along with new investors Rock Health, HealthTech Capital, Hippocrates VC, and prominent medical device executives and healthcare professionals. Proceeds from this financing will be utilized to complete the regulatory submission for Revive’s product, leading to commercial launch of the product upon FDA approval. To date, the Company has raised over $6M.

Ambulance Response Times Are Worse for Low-Income People

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--A nationwide study of more than 63,000 cases of cardiac arrest found that ambulances on average took nearly four minutes longer to handle calls from low-income areas than high-income communities. 

Competitive Sports Appear Safe for Young Athletes with ICDs

A post-hoc analysis of the ICD Sports Registry—which has already indicated that many patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) can safely participate in vigorous or competitive sports—shows that shocks are not infrequent in young ICD patients who play competitive sports but that these shocks are not associated with serious adverse outcomes. 

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