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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. 

2018 International Consensus on CPR and ECC Science with Treatment Recommendations Summary Published in Resuscitation and Circulation

The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) has initiated a continuous review of new, peer-reviewed, published cardiopulmonary resuscitation science. The second annual summary of International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science with Treatment Recommendations includes the most recent cardiopulmonary resuscitation science reviewed by ILCOR. The summary addresses the role of antiarrhythmic drugs in adults and children and includes the Advanced Life Support Task Force and Pediatric Task Force consensus statements, which summarize the most recent published evidence and an assessment of the quality of the evidence based on Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development, and Evaluation criteria.

Upstream Exploration Raises Awareness for Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Makes Donation to Heartbeat NOLA

METAIRIE, LA--Upstream Exploration LLC (“Upstream” or the “Company”) a privately-held independent oil and gas exploration and production company, recently sponsored a class by Heartbeat NOLA, a local organization focused on raising awareness related to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). On November 16, 2018, all of the employees of Upstream located in Three Lakeway Building Metairie, LA, took a break from normal operations to attend Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training conducted by certified instructor Nancy Trosclair of Heartbeat NOLA.

Startling These Twins Could Put Their Hearts at Risk

Katie and Lance Cox were watching TV one evening, their infant twins Carter and John asleep nearby, when Katie dropped the remote control. As it clattered across the floor, the couple froze, staring terrified at one another.

They weren't worried about the remote. They were concerned that the noise would startle their babies to death.

That's what life is like when doctors say your newborns have only a 50 percent chance of surviving to their first birthday.

Resuscitation Science Symposium Showcases the Benefits of Dispatch-Assisted CPR

CHICAGO, IL--The American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium kicked off last week in Chicago with an opening plenary session on dispatch-assisted CPR co-moderated by Joseph P. Ornato, MD, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Mary M. Newman, MS, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. The session included testimonials from two survivors and the family members who helped save their lives, plus a research presentation by Tom Rea, MD, MPH, University of Washington.

Thousands More Lives Could Be Saved Each Year If More People Understood Sudden Cardiac Arrest and the Need for Immediate Bystander Intervention

A national study conducted for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation by StrataVerve found that thousands more lives could be saved if only the public understood the critical nature of sudden cardiac arrest and the need for immediate bystander intervention. When exposed to a simple definition of SCA, the likelihood to give CPR or apply an AED increases significantly.

Defibrillators May Help Kids Survive Cardiac Arrest

CHICAGO, IL--Sudden cardiac arrest – when the heart stops beating – is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. To help save lives, automated external defibrillators, which shock the heart back into a regular beat, have been placed in many public places.

Now, these portable AED devices may improve the chance of survival among children and teens, according to a new study presented Sunday at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions meeting in Chicago.

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