Cardiac Emergencies News

 
 
  • Important CV Risk Seen With Carfilzomib in Multiple Myeloma Carfilzomib, approved for previously treated multiple myeloma, is associated with a significantly greater risk for all-grade and high-grade cardiovascular events and requires vigilance when used.
  • New AHA/ACC/HRS Guidance on Sudden Cardiac Death Prevention Leading heart organizations provide up-to-date evidence-based recommendations on the treatment of ventricular arrhythmias and prevention of sudden cardiac death.
  • Screening Unlikely to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Athletes Most athletes who die suddenly during competitive sports have conditions that cannot be diagnosed by preparticipation screening, a new study finds.
  • AHA Diabetes Linked to All-Cause and Sudden Death in the Young Over a 10-year period, all-cause death and sudden cardiac death was disproportionately higher among people with diabetes aged 1 to 49 years than those without diabetes, a study from Denmark shows.
  • High Thyroid-Hormone Levels Linked to Increased CVD Mortality High and high-normal levels of the thyroid hormone free thyroxine were associated with atherosclerotic cardiovascular morbidity and mortality among older individuals, independent of risk factors.
  • AHA Sex Rarely Causes Cardiac Arrest, Even in Cardiac Patients Even though most cases of sudden cardiac arrest in this study were not triggered by sexual activity, the findings highlight the need to "increase awareness and education of CPR even in this awkward situation."
  • AHA New Program Helps Sixth Graders Learn Hands-Only CPR Twelve-year-olds can easily call for help and start hands-only CPR to save lives, says the senior author of the study.
  • AHA Bystander CPR in Public More Likely for Men Than for Women Although men are more likely than women to receive bystander CPR after a sudden cardiac arrest in public, there's no gender disparity in CPR given in homes, says a new study.
  • TCT VAMPIRE 3: Tries to Breathe Life Into Distal Embolic Protection Use of a distal-filter device during PCI cut the risk of adverse events in some patients with large plaque burden, but Use of a distal-filter device during PCI cut the risk of adverse events in some patients with large plaque burden, but the study’s protocol raised eyebrows among experts.
  • TCT CULPRIT-SHOCK Challenges Routine Multivessel PCI in MI, Shock But questions about the randomized trial's entry criteria and mandated PCI strategies may keep it from truly redefining the roles of multivessel vs culprit-lesion-only PCI in this high-risk population.
  • New AHA Scientific Statement on Cardiogenic Shock The statement provides a management algorithm integrating medical, surgical, and mechanical circulatory support therapies and calls for the development of regionalized systems of care.
  • Faster Heart Rate Predicts Worse Outcomes in HF With Preserved EF A high baseline resting heart rate, and increases in resting heart rate over time, are both associated with worse outcomes in patients with heart failure (HF) with preserved left-ventricular ejection fraction (HFpEF), according to a new analysis from the TOPCAT trial.
  • TCT TCT 2017: Rich in Clinical Trials, Star Power Oscar-winner Tom Hanks headlines a conference that will feature clinical trials looking at management of left main disease, cardiogenic shock, and bioabsorbable scaffolds.
  • Are ICDs Broadly Effective for Brugada Syndrome? Implanted cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) are effective in patients with Brugada syndrome, but there is a significant risk of device-related complications, researchers from Spain report.
  • Low Serum Calcium Linked to Sudden Cardiac Arrest Risk The risk of cardiac arrest more than doubled in those with the lowest calcium levels, but it's unknown how low is too low or the benefits of higher calcium intake or calcium supplementation.
  • Moving the Needle in Home Cardiac-Arrest CPR, Survival Public initiatives improved bystander CPR and first-responder defibrillation in NC, but most communities don't even know how many cardiac arrests occur within their borders, let alone the outcome.
  • Cardiac Death During Triathlon 'Not Rare' In a study of more than 9 million triathlon participants over 30 years of competition, sudden death was not rare, researchers say, with most deaths seen in men over 40 and during the swim segment.
  • EASD Hyperkalemia Linked to Poor Outcomes in Diabetes Patients A study finds hyperkalemia in about one in six patients with diabetes, portending worse outcomes and death.
  • Gasping Bodes Well for Survival After Cardiac Arrest Spontaneous gasping before or during CPR predicts long-term survival with favorable neurologic function after out-of-hospital arrest, regardless of the first recorded rhythm, a new study suggests.
  • ESC MAUDE: Post-TAVR Leaflet Thrombosis Not Benign While post-TAVR leaflet thrombosis can cause valve dysfunction or even cardiogenic shock and death, the question remains whether there's justification for routine anticoagulation given its inherent risks.