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AHA: Florida Lifeguards Helped Save Man's Life After Cardiac Arrest

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 (American Heart Association) – For J.R. Bourne, a day at the beach rekindles good and bad memories. It's the place where the Jacksonville Beach, Florida, resident died and was brought back to life thanks to fast-thinking first responders and an automated external defibrillator. Back in June 2015, then-40-year-old Bourne was playing soccer on the beach with his friend ...

Bystander Use of Defib Device Doubles Chances of Surviving Cardiac Arrest

Posted 26 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 26, 2018 – New research shows that surviving cardiac arrest may depend on a bystander quickly shocking your heart back into its normal rhythm, and that is more likely to happen if an automated external defibrillator is handy. In the study, those who got a shock from a bystander using a publicly available automated external defibrillator (AED) were more than twice as likely to ...

'Grey's Anatomy' Not Much Like a Real ER

Posted 20 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 – As much as you might love watching the popular TV drama "Grey's Anatomy," don't mistake it for real medicine, researchers suggest. If you do, your expectations may exceed reality if you ever find yourself in an emergency room. The researchers, led by Dr. Jordan Weinberg, from the department of surgery at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, compared the ...

Obesity Might Cause Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the Young

Posted 19 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 19, 2018 – Obesity and high blood pressure may play a much greater role in sudden cardiac arrest among young people than previously thought, a new study suggests. The findings highlight the need to screen for these risk factors at a younger age, according to researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. "The added benefit of such screenings is that early efforts to ...

Don't Count on an American to Do CPR

Posted 10 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 – If someone collapsed in front of you, could you perform CPR? If you answered no, you're hardly alone. Just over half of Americans know how to perform the emergency procedure. And even fewer know the recommended hands-only technique for bystanders, a new Cleveland Clinic survey reveals. The survey also found that many Americans can't tell the difference between heart attack ...

Health Tip: Performing CPR

Posted 25 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Performing CPR can save a life, but it may be difficult to remember exactly what to do during an emergency, the American Red Cross says. Here's what the agency recommends: Place your hands, one on top of the other, in the middle of the chest. Use your body weight to administer compressions that are at least 2 inches deep and delivered at a rate of at least 100 compressions per minute. Deliver ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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