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Denali Expedition Successfully Obtains High-Altitude Cardiac Data Using Wearable ECG Sensor

KIRKLAND, WA (BUSINESS WIRE)--You love the outdoors – but your heart might not. If you enjoy skiing, hiking and other sports experienced at high altitudes, you might be well advised to spend your first day at altitude taking it easy.

Heart Disease Common Among Firefighters Who Die of Cardiac Arrest

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Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Partners with Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation to Call Attention to Children’s “Silent” Heart Disease

Children’s Cardiomyopathy Awareness Month Urges Families to #KnowYourHeart to Learn Risk Factors

PITTSBURGH, PA--All too often, we read a headline of a star athlete who suddenly collapses on the night of the big game, or a baby who dies in her sleep. Chances are, a little-known heart condition is the cause. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is partnering with the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF) for Children’s Cardiomyopathy Awareness Month this September to shine a spotlight on pediatric cardiomyopathy, a chronic and potentially life-threatening heart disease.

More Patients Survive Sudden Cardiac Arrest with New EMS Technique

Study funded by NIH showed a change in use of breathing tube can save more lives.

Security Body Scanner Safe for Patients with Pacemakers and Defibrillators

Body scanners used for security checks are safe for patients with pacemakers and defibrillators, according to late breaking research presented at ESC Congress 2018.

Across the globe more than four million patients with heart failure or cardiac arrhythmias rely on pacemakers and defibrillators to keep their hearts beating regularly. It has been unclear whether body scanners used for security checks at airports interfere with the function of cardiac devices.

National Cardiac Arrest Collaborative to Meet in October

The National Cardiac Arrest Collaborative (NCAC) committee on establishing a national cardiac arrest registry will meet in San Diego, CA, on October 4th during the American College of Emergency Physicians annual conference. Related task forces will address structure and function of the registry, advocacy, and data interoperability.

Cerner and Duke Clinical Research Institute Collaborate on Cardiac Risk App

Cerner collaborated with Duke Clinical Research Institute to develop an atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) Risk Calculator app, designed as a tool to increase communication between the person and their doctor about ways to live a healthier life and risk factors for heart disease and stroke. The app helps health care providers estimate 10-year and lifetime ASCVD risk for patients based on information like age, race, sex, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, smoking status and diabetes status. If untreated, ASCVD can lead to heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest, as well as fatal and nonfatal stroke.

Bystander CPR: The Time to Act is Now

A study just published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes (Audrey Blewer, MPH et al) reveals that male victims of sudden cardiac arrest had an increased likelihood of receiving CPR from bystanders (BCPR) in public settings, compared with females. An analysis of the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium registry (n=19,331) indicates layperson BCPR was administered in 37 percent of events, males were more likely to receive BCPR, and males had a 23 percent increased odds of survival compared with females. The study is the first to identify gender disparities as a factor that affects survival.

Pioneering Training Kiosks Provide 100,000 with Hands-Only CPR Skills

Milestone shows viability of American Heart Association self-instructional kiosks

DALLAS, TX--More than 100,000 people have been trained in the life-saving skill of Hands-Only CPR since the American Heart Association launched its Hands-Only CPR training kiosk program in 2016. As part of the program that is nationally supported by Anthem Foundation, the Association has placed 30 of these interactive devices in cities across the country.  

Ageing Overweight Scuba Divers at Risk of Underwater Cardiac Events

SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, FRANCE--Older, overweight scuba divers are being urged to shed pounds to avoid an underwater cardiac event. That’s the advice from a large study in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a publication of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).1
 

“Cardiac issues are now a leading factor in diving fatalities,” said study author Peter Buzzacott, MD, of the University of Western Australia, in Crawley, Australia. “Divers who learned to dive years ago and who are now old and overweight, with high blood pressure and high cholesterol, are at increased risk of dying.”

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