Instead, investigators found an unexpectedly high prevalence of standard cardiovascular risk factors among the young who suffered from sudden cardiac arrest
, a disorder that can cause instantaneous death.
Chugh, MD, Pauline and Harold Price Chair in Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, Los Angeles, CA, said, noted that serum calcium levels were lower in individuals who had a sudden cardiac arrest
than in a control group.
When somebody suffers sudden cardiac arrest
(which is when their heart suddenly stops beating without warning, and is not the same thing as a heart attack, where blood supply to the heart is suddenly blocked) restarting the heart as quickly as possible is vital.
The data shows that most people aren't screened for sudden cardiac arrest
but, even when they are eligible, they still are not getting proper treatment.
The most common arrhythmia that would cause sudden cardiac arrest
is ventricular fibrillation (VF), which may be triggered by cardiomyopathies (above) or primary cardiac electrical diseases (for example channelopathies--disorders affecting the electrical activation of the heart).
Rapidly implementing the "chain of survival" model (2) can help increase the chances of survival from sudden cardiac arrest
The Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Technical Advisory Panel was convened in 2009 by the Joint Commission.
For more information on sudden cardiac arrest
and AEDs, visit www.
AEDs dramatically increase survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest
, and all patients deserve to benefit from this technology.
You could someday be the one primary care physician in town with a patient who has a sudden cardiac arrest
, but looking at the numbers, for many practices, this is probably not the best way to spend your money.
In the United States, it is estimated that more than--people per day suffer sudden cardiac arrest
Each year, sudden cardiac arrest
claims the lives of more than 350,000 people in the United States.
Sudden cardiac arrest
is the leading cause of death in the United States, and just 7 percent of victims survive that initial collapse.
Although previous, smaller studies have identified some genes with a potential association with sudden cardiac arrest
this is the first one large enough to enable scientists to apply results to the general population.
Santa Clarita city officials offered a demonstration on Thursday of the Automated External Defibrillator or AED, a compact, computerized device used to administer an electric shock through the heart in sudden cardiac arrest