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2006-07-03 15:01:21

By Amanda Beck WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of people with a dangerous heart arrhythmia is higher than previously estimated and increasing, researchers reported on Monday. In a study of Minnesota residents, the incidence of atrial fibrillation rose more than 12 percent between 1980 and 2000, the researchers said. At that rate, the number of U.S. residents with the rhythm will rise to 16 million by 2050 -- nearly three times previous estimates, they added. "This is a major...

2006-04-07 11:35:00

By Amy Norton NEW YORK -- Chest protectors used in baseball and other sports are unlikely to prevent children from suffering a rare but catastrophic injury to the heart, new research suggests. In lab tests of 12 chest protectors on the market, researchers found no evidence that the gear would prevent a child from going into cardiac arrest after a blow to the chest from a hard ball or puck. An estimated 10 to 20 people die each year in such incidents, most often in baseball, but also in...

2005-12-22 13:24:12

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Having automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and coaches trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at organized sporting events for children can save lives, researchers report in The Journal of Pediatrics. In the paper, Dr. Neal J. Thomas from Penn State Children's Hospital, in Hershey, Pennsylvania and colleagues present the case of a healthy 13-year-old boy who experienced "commotio cordis" -- a sudden cardiac arrest that leads to death -- after...

2005-06-15 06:54:45

The supplement may even harm people with the heart devices, study finds Fish oil -- either from a diet rich in fish or from supplements -- is generally considered heart-healthy. But a new study found that for some people, fish oil supplements may have no effect or may even be dangerous. In people who have an implantable cardiac defibrillator because they have a history of irregular heartbeats, fish oil supplements may increase their risk of life-threatening heart rhythm abnormalities. These...

2005-06-14 18:53:51

Fish oil supplements have proved effective in reducing the risk of sudden cardiac death, but a new study shows the oil may actually increase life-threatening abnormal heart rhythms in patients with implanted defibrillators. The study, led by heart researchers at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Oregon Health & Science University will be published in the June 15 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association. "We were very surprised by the study results. Previous...

2005-05-06 07:51:50

External defibrillation is the best treatment, study finds HealthDayNews -- Conventional medical wisdom has held that pounding a heart attack victim's chest with your fist -- called a precordial thump -- might restore normal heart function, but new research appears to rule it out as an optimal solution. "The precordial thump is something which has found its way into our lore," said Dr. Harlan M. Krumholz, a professor of cardiology at Yale University School of Medicine who was not involved in...

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Precordial Thump
2012-12-31 12:53:08

The precordial thump is an application of mechanical energy through a calculated strike to the torso when in a specific fatal heart rhythm. This procedure is used in very specific circumstances by highly trained health professionals with ACLS certifications. The Procedure While in the presence of a patient that is suffering a potentially fatal heart rhythm, a medical provider can strike a calculated point on the sternum to disrupt that rhythm. The energy transferred by the provider is...

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