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Date:12/21/2010

ing cardiopulmonary respiration (CPR). Significant studies now report that chest compression only, or 'Hands Only CPR' for adults by bystander lay rescuers improves survival outcome. Public awareness campaigns resulted in increased use of hands only CPR, as well as improved survival rates. While the new procedure appears successful in adults, it is important to note that using conventional chest compressions with rescue breathing is still important for children stricken with sudden cardiac arrest. In October, the American Heart Association issued updated Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science, reflecting new advances in this field.
  • Bobrow, et al Journal of the American Medical Association, Oct. 6, 2010; JAMA;304(13):1447-54; www.jama.com; Funding: Support from Medtronics Foundation
  • Rea, et al New England Journal of Medicine, July 29, 2010; N Engl J Med;363(5):423-33. www.nejm.org; Funding: Laerdal Foundation for Acute Medicine, Medic One Foundation.
  • Field, et al Circulation, Oct. 18, 2010; Circulation;122[suppl 3]:S640 S656.

4. More options for reducing stroke risk in atrial fibrillation

For the first time in more than 20 years there are viable alternatives to the primary prevention of stroke for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). AF is a major risk factor for stroke and affects more than 2 million people over the age of 65. Warfarin (Coumadin) has long been the standard anti-clotting drug used to reduce the risk of stroke for these patients. But it carries its own complications from bleeding, and managing the dose requires regular blood tests, making it difficult to manage for both patients and doctors. Now, several new drugs have been found to work as well as warfarin and are simpler for patients to take offering an important advance in this field. In October 2010, following further
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