Archive - 2007

Archive - 2007

Radio Wave Technique May Help Heart Attack Survivors by Reducing ICD Shocks

December 31, 2007­–Treating heart attack victims with radio waves helps reduce the likelihood that implantable defibrillators will need to jolt ailing hearts into beating properly, researchers reported last week.

The radio-wave technique involves sending a probe into the heart, finding scar tissue from an earlier heart attack, and using radio waves to destroy the portion of that scar that can catastrophically disrupt the heartbeat.

December 22nd

Marathon Runners at Low Risk for Sudden Death

December 22, 2007–TORONTO–Based on media reports, one might conclude that marathon runners face a high risk of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Not so, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal on December 22. Canadian researchers compared the risks of sudden cardiac death during a marathon run with the risk of dying in a motor vehicle accident that might have occurred if the roads had not been closed for the race.

The data came from marathons run on public roads with at least 1000 runners over the last 20 years. Of over 3.2 million runners, 26 had sudden cardiac death, equivalent to 0.8 deaths per 100,000 runners. Because of road closures, an estimated 46 accidental deaths were prevented, which is equivalent to a 35 percent reduction in relative risk of running rather than driving (or being driven). Put another way, 1.8 crash deaths were saved for every runner who dropped dead.

December 13th

Congress Passes CPR-AED Awareness Week

December 13, 2007–WASHINGTON, DC–The American Red Cross and the American Heart Association join in thanking Congress for passing a bill designating the first week of June “National Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Awareness Week.”

The passing of this resolution shines a national spotlight on how important it is for all Americans to learn critical lifesaving skills such as how to perform CPR, how to use an AED and the need to increase public access to AEDs.

In reaction to the staggering 95 percent mortality rate for the over 300,000 Americans who are victims of sudden cardiac arrest each year, House members Reps. John R. “Randy” Kuhl, Jr. (R-NY), and Dan Boren (D-OK) co-sponsored the bill (H.Con.Res. 215), which successfully passed the House on Dec. 11.

December 7th

Sioux Tribe Helps Equip MN State Patrol with AEDs

December 7, 2007–PRIOR LAKE, MN­–The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) has announced that it will donate funds to support the purchase of 199 automated external defibrillators (AEDs)—enough to equip every State Patrol squad car in the state of Minnesota.

“We are pleased to have been able to work with the Governor and his staff to equip these patrol cars with defibrillators,” said SMSC Business Council Chairman Stanley Crooks. “This is a great example of how the state and tribes can work together on a project. In order to protect Minnesotans, we need to help equip our first responders and law enforcement.”

December 5th

Monterey County Police Armed with Defibrillators

December 5, 2007-SALINAS, CA– If you live in or visit Monterey County, your chances of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest have increased dramatically.

Thanks to a hallmark program, all law enforcement vehicles in the County now carry automated external defibrillators (AED) and all federal, state, and local law enforcement personnel in Monterey County are trained in the use of the AEDs and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

“Monterey County is one of just a handful of counties in the nation that has equipped every level of law enforcement vehicle with an AED,” says Tom Lynch, Monterey County’s Emergency Medical Services Director.

November 28th

Ohio Leaders Call For AEDs in All U.S. Schools

November 28, 2007­–AKRON–A program to place automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in Ohio schools, administered by Akron General Medical Center and funded by the state of Ohio, is now complete. The five million dollars allocated to the program in two phases over the past several years paid for the placement of 4,544 of the life-saving electronic devices in schools throughout Ohio.

The program should be expanded across the country, said U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton. “This proven, lifesaving step should be taken in every single state,” Sutton, a Democrat who represents northeast Ohio's 13th District, said in a statement. “I'm proud that northeast Ohio is leading the way.”

November 27th

Wedding Guests Save Bride's Grandfather

November 27, 2007–ASPEN–Bobby Cluck and Terri Dangler’s wedding reception in Buttermilk, Colorado, was winding down when the grandfather of the bride, Paul Copsey, collapsed in sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) on the dance floor.

As Copsey’s daughters knelt at his side, two wedding guests performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and a third retrieved an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Amy Covington and her husband, Rob, immediately started two-person CPR. She is a physician’s assistant at Aspen Medical Care and Rob has experience with CPR from the military.

Another wedding guest, Mike Lyons, a paramedic with the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department, carried an AED in his truck and ran to retrieve it. Lyons used the AED to restore a normal heartbeat, and by the time the ambulance arrived, Copsey had regained consciousness.

November 26th

Driving is Safe for ICD Patients

November 26, 2007­­–BOSTON–Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) pose no special risks for heart patients who drive, researchers report in the December 4th issue of Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

“What this confirms is what we already thought—that overall there is not a huge risk in this population,” said study lead author Dr. Christine M. Albert, director for the Center for Arrhythmia Prevention at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

About 50,000 defibrillators are implanted annually in the United States. Among the famous recipients is Vice President Dick Cheney, who experienced an irregular heartbeat Monday and was being examined by his doctors.

There have been worries that the shock delivered by the device to correct an abnormal heartbeat might be dangerous for drivers, Albert said.

America's Safest Airport?

Airline Employee, Passenger Save Holiday Traveler at Sky Harbor

November 26, 2007–Phoenix, AZ–A 62-year-old man from Ohio was saved by a fellow passenger and an airline employee using cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and an automated External Defibrillator (AED) while on board a plane departing Sky Harbor over the Thanksgiving Holiday.

The man was on board a Mesa Airlines flight, operating as US Airways Express, last Wednesday evening (Nov. 21). The man collapsed in sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) as the plane was pulling out from the gate, preparing for takeoff. Another passenger, an off-duty paramedic, checked the man for a pulse and began CPR when he did not detect a heartbeat. The pilot pulled the plane back to the gate. A quick-thinking Mesa Airlines employee retrieved an AED, activated it, then continued CPR.

November 17th

President Vetoes AED Funding

November 17, 2007–WASHINGTON, CD–The House of Representatives has failed to override President George W. Bush's Veto of the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill, which would have provided $ 2.5 million to fund the Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices Program. The appropriations would have included an allocation of $200,000 to fund an information clearinghouse designed to increase public access to defibrillation in schools, as requested in the Automated Defibrillators in Adam’s Memory (ADAM) Act.

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