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

Posted 19 Sep 2017 by

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 ...

Obamacare May Have Slashed Cardiac Arrest Rate in Oregon

Posted 28 Jun 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 – A dramatic decrease in often-fatal cardiac arrest has occurred among Oregon residents who gained access to health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, a new study reports. Cardiac arrest cases declined by 17 percent among 45- to 64-year-olds soon after full implementation of the health care legislation in 2014, the researchers reported. This decrease likely ...

Cardiac Arrest? Someday, Drones May Come to Your Rescue

Posted 13 Jun 2017 by

TUESDAY, June 13, 2017 – Drones have been proposed for some pretty mundane uses, such as delivering pizzas or packages, but new research suggests the high-flying machines could be used to swoop in and save lives. Swedish researchers think drones can quickly deliver defibrillators to someone whose heart has suddenly stopped beating. "Each minute that passes after a sudden cardiac arrest decreases ...

Bystander CPR Helps Save Brain Function After Near-Drowning

Posted 26 May 2017 by

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 ...

Chances of Successful CPR Dwindle as Seniors Age

Posted 23 May 2017 by

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 – A new study finds that older Americans have little CPR training, and they are less likely to get CPR when they suffer cardiac arrest at home. "The new data affirms the need for targeted training in the older population," said senior study author Dr. Benjamin Abella, an associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of ...

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

Posted 4 May 2017 by

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 ...

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

Posted 27 Mar 2017 by

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, ...

Body Cooling Little Help to Kids When Heart Stops: Study

Posted 25 Jan 2017 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 – Body cooling offers no advantage over normal temperature control in treating infants and children whose hearts suddenly stop beating, a new study suggests. The study included 329 children, aged 2 days to 18 years, who suffered cardiac arrest in a hospital. Some had their body temperature maintained within normal range, while others had their body temperature lowered ...

Delaying 2nd Shock After Cardiac Arrest Won't Boost Survival: Study

Posted 7 Apr 2016 by

THURSDAY, April 7, 2016 – Delaying a second shock to the heart in hospital patients with cardiac arrest doesn't improve their chances of survival, suggests a new study that challenges current recommendations. A patient undergoing cardiac arrest needs to be treated with a defibrillator, which sends an electric shock to the heart to restore normal heart rhythm, according to the U.S. National ...

Women in Cardiac Arrest May Be Less Likely to Receive Help

Posted 8 Mar 2016 by

TUESDAY, March 8, 2016 – Women are less likely than men to be helped by bystanders if they suffer cardiac arrest, a new study finds. "There is a misconception that women don't have heart problems so they don't get as much help from the public and they are not treated the same by doctors," said study author Dr. Nicole Karam. She is an interventional cardiologist at the European Hospital Georges ...

Many Critically Ill Patients Lack 'Do Not Resuscitate' Orders

Posted 22 Sep 2015 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2015 – Most people who've survived a cardiac arrest in the hospital don't have "do not resuscitate" (DNR) orders, even if they have a poor prognosis, a new study reports. Fewer than one in four of all cardiac arrest patients had a DNR order prepared within 12 hours of their cardiac arrest, the study found. The numbers were only somewhat higher in patients with the worst ...

Blacks at Higher Risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Than Whites: Study

Posted 20 Jul 2015 by

MONDAY, July 20, 2015 – Black Americans are more likely than whites to experience sudden cardiac arrest, according to a new study. The study also found that sudden cardiac arrest often occurs at an earlier age in blacks than in whites. Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the electrical system of the heart malfunctions. This causes the heart to beat erratically or to stop beating. As a result, ...

Age No Bar to Aggressive Rx for Cardiogenic Shock

Posted 16 Feb 2009 by

MONDAY, Feb. 16 – Age shouldn't prevent the aggressive treatment of elderly patients with heart attack complicated by cardiogenic shock, Australian researchers report. Cardiogenic shock (CS) occurs when the heart fails to supply enough blood to the body's organs. It is the most common cause of death after heart attack among Americans over the age of 75. There's typically been widespread ...

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