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Cardiac Arrest Rare in Young Athletes But Tough to Predict

Posted 16 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 – Young athletes have a very low risk of suffering a fatal cardiac arrest – and most of those tragic cases probably cannot be predicted, new research suggests. The study confirms that cardiac arrest is a rare thing among athletes younger than 45. It put the rate at about 0.76 cases per 100,000 competitive athletes each year – at least in Ontario, Canada. But more important, researchers found that more than 80 percent of cases probably won't be caught through "pre-participation screening." Such screening is based on the premise that doctors can spot young people with underlying heart abnormalities, keep them out of sports, and thereby save lives. In Europe, screening includes electrocardiograms (ECGs) to detect electrical abnormalities in the heart, said Dr. Paul Dorian, the senior researcher on the new study. But the value of doing so has been debated for ... Read more

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Wrongly Focusing On The Airway Can Cost Athletes' Lives in Cardiac Arrest

Posted 19 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 – Athletes are dying from cardiac arrests that occur during play because teammates, coaches and other bystanders don't know how to best save their lives, a new study claims. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) applied immediately can give these athletes a fighting chance, but onlookers failed to provide CPR in three out of five cases, according to a review of more than two dozen game videos. Bystanders instead most often tried to keep the athlete from swallowing his or her tongue, acting on the widespread misconception that this must be done to prevent a person in cardiac arrest from asphyxiating, said lead researcher Dana Viskin. She is with the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center and Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University in Israel. "Athletes, especially professional athletes, are receiving poor CPR because the first responders – that is, their fellow ... Read more

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Bystander CPR Less Likely in Black Neighborhoods

Posted 30 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 30, 2017 – If your heart suddenly stops beating, the racial makeup of the neighborhood may determine the likelihood of receiving CPR from a passer-by or having access to a public defibrillator, researchers say. These lifesaving treatments for cardiac arrest occur less often in black neighborhoods in the United States, researchers discovered. Delaying CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) can dramatically reduce the odds of surviving cardiac arrest. "We have known that there are differences in the rates of survival from cardiac arrest between blacks and whites, but it was surprising to see how the demographics of a neighborhood affected outcomes of residents who experience cardiac arrest," said Dr. Monique Starks, the study's lead author. She's a cardiologist at the Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, N.C. "This is absolutely a call to action to improve and expand ... Read more

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Racial Gap Narrows for Survival of Hospitalized Cardiac Arrest Patients

Posted 9 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 – The gap in survival rates has narrowed between black and white patients whose hearts have stopped beating – called cardiac arrest – in U.S. hospitals, a new study finds. The research included more than 112,000 patients. They had cardiac arrest in hospitals across the United States between January 2000 and December 2014. Twenty seven percent of the patients were black. The remaining 73 percent were white. During the study period, survival rates improved from 11 percent to 21 percent among black patients. Among white patients, survival went from 16 percent to 23 percent. These improvements were due to the elimination of racial differences in survival after resuscitation. Resuscitation is when doctors get the heart beating again, the study authors explained. Resuscitation after cardiac arrest rose from 45 percent to 64 percent for black patients. For white ... Read more

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Fewer U.S. Dollars Spent on Cardiac Arrest Research: Study

Posted 12 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 – Cardiac arrest is the third leading cause of death in the United States, yet it receives much less government funding for research than other leading causes of death, researchers report. Adjusted for inflation, U.S. National Institutes of Health funding for cardiac arrest research fell from $35.4 million in 2007 to $28.5 million in 2016, the study authors said. Cardiac arrest – the sudden loss of heart function – claims more than 450,000 lives in the United States each year, according to the Institute of Medicine. "If you look at the public health burden of cardiac arrest, it's a major public health issue," said senior author Dr. Robert Neumar. He is chair of the University of Michigan Health System's emergency medicine department. In 2015, the NIH invested about $13,000 for each death from diabetes versus $91 for each death from cardiac arrest, the study ... Read more

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CPAP Mask Not a Prescription for Heart Troubles

Posted 11 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 – Using a breathing device to treat sleep apnea may help you get a good night's rest, but it might not lower your risk of dying from a stroke or heart condition, a new analysis suggests. Looking at data from 10 clinical trials, researchers found that apnea patients' risk of cardiovascular-related death remained the same whether or not they used a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. Until now, accepted medical practice has assumed that because sleep apnea can promote high blood pressure, inflammation and thicker blood, treating it should reduce a person's risk of fatal heart problems, the researchers explained in background notes. "There are an awful lot of people who are prescribing CPAP and a lot of patients using CPAP with the impression it's improving their outcome," said Dr. Alfred Bove. He is a professor emeritus at Temple University's Lewis ... Read more

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Fewer Heart Failure Patients Dying of Cardiac Arrest

Posted 6 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 – Heart failure patients are much less likely now to die from sudden cardiac arrest, new research shows. Rates of sudden death from heart failure have declined by nearly half over the past two decades, according to data gathered from a dozen separate clinical trials. Better heart medications used in effective combinations are extending the lives of people with heart failure, said senior study author Dr. John McMurray, a professor of cardiology with the University of Glasgow in Scotland. "Patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction certainly are living longer, and I think are also living better," McMurray said. "Modern pharmacological and device therapy is very effective, and we are now fairly commonly seeing patients with substantial or even complete recovery of their heart muscle dysfunction." In fact, medicines have become so effective that many ... Read more

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Workers Unprepared for Heart Emergencies on the Job: Survey

Posted 26 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 – If your heart stops suddenly while you're on the job, would your co-workers be able to help? Don't bet your life on it. Two American Heart Association (AHA) surveys find most American workers are untrained in CPR and first aid. Half have no idea where to find a defibrillator to deliver a shock to try to restore normal heart rhythm to someone suffering cardiac arrest. "The data suggests these untrained employees may be relying on their untrained peers in the event of an emergency, leaving employees with a false sense of security that someone in the workplace will be qualified and able to respond, when that is clearly not the case," said Dr. Michael Kurz. He co-chairs the AHA's Systems of Care Subcommittee. The heart association surveyed more than 3,000 workers in various fields and found 55 percent can't get first aid or CPR/automated external defibrillator (AED) ... Read more

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Guard Against Electric Shocks In Water

Posted 8 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 – An electric shock is an often overlooked threat to swimmers, a safety expert warns. "Electric shock drowning can occur in any fresh body of water," said Donald Burke, director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Advanced Safety and Engineering Management program. "Anywhere you may have an electrical device that has faulty or damaged wiring and equipment can cause the body of water to become energized. Then, when the human body comes into contact with that energized body of water, it overwhelms our body's natural electrical signals that control our muscles," he explained in a university news release. Depending on the level of electrical current, a person could experience anything from tingling to paralysis and cardiac arrest. A swimmer can even be electrocuted, Burke said. When adding electricity to structures near fresh water, always follow ... Read more

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Bystander CPR Helps Save Brain Function After Near-Drowning

Posted 26 May 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 26, 2017 – Near-drowning victims are more likely to recover with good brain function if bystanders immediately begin chest compressions rather than wait for emergency personnel to arrive, researchers report. "What we found is that when bystanders begin CPR [cardiopulmonary resuscitation] before emergency personnel arrive, the person has a higher chance of leaving the hospital and leading a life reasonably close to the one they had before the drowning," said study leader Dr. Joshua Tobin. He is an associate professor of clinical anesthesiology at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. Drowning claims about 10 lives a day in the United States, the study authors said in a school news release. The new study included more than 900 cases of people who suffered cardiac arrest after almost drowning. "When we talk about cardiac arrest, there's no doubt that ... Read more

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Bystander CPR Not Only Saves Lives, It Lessens Disability: Study

Posted 4 May 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 4, 2017 – When someone goes into cardiac arrest, quick action from bystanders can have a long-lasting impact, researchers say. Not only were the patients more likely to survive, they were also significantly less likely to sustain brain damage or enter a nursing home in the following year, a new study found. It's well known that cardiac arrest victims have a better shot at surviving if witnesses jump into action, said lead researcher Dr. Kristian Kragholm. That means performing chest compressions or, if possible, using an automated external defibrillator (AED) – a layperson-friendly device that can "shock" a stopped heart back into rhythm. The new study findings, Kragholm noted, show those actions have long-term benefits, too. "Our study findings underscore the importance of learning how to recognize cardiac arrest, how to do chest compressions, and how to employ an AED," ... Read more

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Heart Devices 101: Guide to the Tools That Keep You Ticking

Posted 3 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, April 2, 2017 – Pacemakers, defibrillators and other medical devices have saved the lives of millions of people worldwide. Someone you know probably has received one of these heart-health enhancers, although not all have become household words. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration evaluates and regulates these and other medical devices in the United States. Below, the agency provides a brief glossary of terms that might come in handy when a doctor recommends a cardiac tool: Heart pacemakers: These small, battery-powered devices are implanted in the body. They deliver an electric shock to restore normal heart rhythm when the heart beats too slowly. Implantable cardioverter defibrillators: These deliver a shock to restore normal heart rhythm when the heart beats too fast. Automated external defibrillators: These portable, automatic devices are found in many public locations. ... Read more

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When Heart Stops Beating, Survival Better at Specialized Heart Centers

Posted 29 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 – Getting immediate treatment at a specialized heart center – rather than the nearest local hospital – improves your chance of survival if your heart stops beating, a new study suggests. Researchers reviewed data from more than 41,000 people in Denmark. All of them had cardiac arrest – which means their hearts suddenly stopped beating – between 2001 and 2013. None were in a hospital when their cardiac arrest happened. Of those patients, 29 percent were admitted directly to a specialized heart center. The rest were taken to a local hospital. Nine percent of patients were still alive after 30 days. The researchers calculated that those patients who were immediately taken to a specialized heart center were 11 percent more likely to be alive after 30 days than those taken to a local hospital. The distance someone had to travel to get to a specialized heart ... Read more

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Just 17 U.S. States Require Defibrillators in Some Schools

Posted 27 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 27, 2017 – Automated external defibrillators in schools save lives, but only about one-third of U.S. states require the devices in at least some schools, a new study reveals. As of February 2016, researchers found that 33 states had no legislation requiring automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in schools. The portable devices treat sudden cardiac arrest – the abrupt, unexpected loss of heart function. They deliver a shock meant to restore normal heart rhythm. Defibrillators are easy to use by bystanders, but time is crucial. The chances of survival decrease 10 percent for every minute a shock is not applied, research has shown. "This review should be used to inform the debate about expanding community-access AEDs into schools," said study lead author Dr. Mark Sherrid. Of the 17 states with AED requirements, only one requires them in public and private grade schools ... Read more

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ATMs, Coffee Shops Ideal Spots for Heart Defibrillators

Posted 20 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 20, 2017 – ATMs and coffee shops may be among the best spots to place lifesaving defibrillators, a new study suggests. Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are devices that can be used by a layperson to restart the heart of someone in cardiac arrest. But to do that, they have to be readily accessible. The new study tried to locate where AEDs could potentially save the most lives. Focusing on Toronto, the Canadian researchers found that many of the city's cardiac arrest emergencies happened near coffee shop chains, such as Tim Hortons and Starbucks, and ATMs connected to large banks. In fact, those businesses accounted for eight of the top 10 hot spots. While the study looked only at Toronto, lead researcher Timothy Chan thinks the findings would likely extend to other cities. Both ATMs and chain coffee shops are ubiquitous, said Chan, who directs the University of ... Read more

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