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Testing and Family Screening Lacking Among Young Victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

ess than 4% of relatives of young cardiac arrest victims receive information on family screening that could prevent further deaths, according to research presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. “All first-degree relatives should be advised to undergo family screening and eventually genetic testing if an inherited cardiac disease is suspected,” he continued. “This helps clarify the diagnosis of their loved one and can trigger preventive measures such as lifestyle modification, beta-blockers, or an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) to avoid deaths in relatives.

Decline in sports-related sudden cardiac death linked with rise in bystander resuscitation

Fewer sports-related sudden cardiac arrest victims die nowadays, a trend linked with increased bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), reports a study presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology . The late breaking study also found that the incidence of sudden cardiac arrest during sports has not changed over the last decade.

Is Genetic Testing for Heart Disease Right for Me?

Heart disease is a leading cause of death worldwide and often runs in families.

Genetic Counseling Medicare Payment Bill Introduced in Congress

A bill granting the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services the authority to recognize certified genetic counselors as healthcare providers and reimburse them for their services was introduced in the US Congress last week.

Parents Assume Sports Physical is Enough

There are non-profits that offer free EKG tests, and the Peyton Walker Foundation frequently holds them at various schools in central Pennsylvania. These screening events depend on awareness, which is another challenge in combating cardiac arrest.