The European Society of Cardiology has yielded some interesting research, presented on Aug 31 at its 2014 congress. Here’s a synopsis of some of those results.
Dr Benjamin Dahan from France presented a new algorithm to determine the optimal number and location of automated external defibrillators. He says that Paris needs 350 AEDs located in public places in order to provide optimal preventino of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests.
Peter Schwandt from Germany says his research, which involved more than 22,000 young people, shows that those who are obese have a much higher chance of developing hypertension and of suffering from the consequences of an elevated blood pressure.
A new pacemaker design by Adrian Zurbuchen from Switzerland will allow the heart’s motion to power the device, eliminating the need to replace the battery.
Milou-Daniel Drici from France presented research that shows that energy drinks can cause heart problems. A typical serving of the drink, which is popular in dance clubs and during physical exercise, contains two espressos’ worth of caffeine. This situation can lead to conditions such as angina, cardiac arrhythmia, and even sudden death, he said.
The meetings continue through Sept 3 in Barcelona, Spain.