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Low calcium levels linked to risk for sudden cardiac arrest

Lower serum calcium levels were associated with a significant increased risk for sudden cardiac arrest, new data show. “It is estimated that approximately 300,000 individuals die of sudden cardiac arrest annually in the United States,” Sumeet S. Chugh, MD, medical director of the Heart Rhythm Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, and colleagues wrote. “However, more than half of men and close to 70% of women who die of [sudden cardiac arrest] have no clinical history of heart disease before their cardiac arrest. Hence, it is important to identify other risk factors and mediators for [sudden cardiac arrest] to improve risk stratification and preventive strategies in the general population.”

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Abbott Launches the First and Only Smartphone Compatible Insertable Cardiac Monitor in the U.S.

ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Oct. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Abbott (NYSE: ABT) has secured U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for the Confirm Rx™ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM), the world's first and only smartphone compatible ICM designed to help physicians remotely identify cardiac arrhythmias. With FDA clearance Abbott can now provide U.S. patients a new way to monitor for abnormal heart rhythms while staying connected to their physician remotely and being able to engage in their health care.

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Arrhythmia Evaluation in Wearable ECG Devices

This study evaluates four databases from PhysioNet: The American Heart Association database (AHADB), Creighton University Ventricular Tachyarrhythmia database (CUDB), MIT-BIH Arrhythmia database (MITDB), and MIT-BIH Noise Stress Test database (NSTDB). The ANSI/AAMI EC57:2012 is used for the evaluation of the algorithms for the supraventricular ectopic beat (SVEB), ventricular ectopic beat (VEB), atrial fibrillation (AF), and ventricular fibrillation (VF) via the evaluation of the sensitivity, positive predictivity and false positive rate. Sample entropy, fast Fourier transform (FFT), and multilayer perceptron neural network with backpropagation training algorithm are selected for the integrated detection algorithms.

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October Medical e-News - 2017

Get the latest news and updates from this month's medical e-news.

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What Do You Want to Watch? Weather, Sports, Movies…CPR?

The first commercially licensed American television channel, station WRGB, began broadcasting on July 2, 1928. Since then, the number of TV channels in the U.S. has ballooned to almost 2,000. There are all kinds of TV channels: weather channels, sports channels, movie channels, and more. But there is no cardiopulmonary resucitation (CPR) channel – yet. Why would we need a CPR channel in America? Because America is in the midst of an epidemic of futile CPR. Because patients and families who call for uncalled-for CPR very often don’t know for what they are calling. Because there is good CPR and there is bad CPR: CPR that can help and CPR that can harm.

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Cardiac Rhythm News - 13 October 2017

The October edition of the Cardiac Rhythm News is here...

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Idaho first responders want your help saving lives. All you’ll need is your phone

When the heart stops, oxygen-rich blood doesn’t get circulated to the brain and body. That’s called sudden cardiac arrest. Without intervention, death occurs within minutes. There were 599 calls to Ada County Dispatch for cardiac arrest between October of 2016 and 2017, data show.

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Flirtey launches first drone defibrillator service in US

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A drone delivery service has announced a new partnership with a Reno-based ambulance company to send out defibrillators and other emergency equipment by air during responses to cardiac arrest.

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Cardiac Rhythm News- October 13

Cardiac Rhythm News - October 13

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American Heart Association releases New Music Video to raise awareness of Stroke Warning Signs

Dallas, TX – The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA), the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, is releasing a new parody music video to teach people how to recognize the most common stroke warning signs.

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