January 6th, 2011

Where Are the AEDs at Kennedy Airport?


Two doctors from Long Island are credited with saving the life of a man at Kennedy Airport.

He went into cardiac arrest inside terminal 4 Wednesday night and the doctors came to the rescue, despite some challenges.

"Where are the AEDs? Why isn't it more available to the public? Why can't we find it, why can't we see it?" said Dr. Bruce Decter, a cardiologist.

One of them was critically needed at JFK's terminal 4 after a passenger suddenly collapsed and started to turn blue.

"I felt the pulse. I listened for breathing. I found none. I started the CPR," Dr. Decter said.

With Dr. Scott Danoff, a dentist at his side, Dr. Decter also asks someone to call 911 and for the AED.

"I really repeated, 'Where's the AED?'" Dr. Decter said.

Virginia Hospital Wins HRSA Grant to Place AEDs in Nearby Rural Communities

WINCHESTER, VA--Our Health (OH) has been awarded a grant from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), through the Rural Access to Emergency Devices Grant Program. OH is facilitating this grant with Shenandoah Memorial Hospital (SMH) to serve four counties covering two states; Shenandoah and Page County, Virginia and Hardy and Hampshire County, West Virginia, to place automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in rural areas. Stacey Iden with Our Health has coordinated with Tracey McLaurin, Executive Director of Lord Fairfax EMS Council, to connect appropriate contacts within each locality for strategic placement of 36 AED units.

January 5th

Join Our Team at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

Highmark Walk for a Healthy CommunityThe Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is participating in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at Heinz Field on the North Shore of Pittsburgh.

Boston Scientific Issues Statement Regarding ICD Therapy

NATICK, Mass., Jan. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation today issued the following statement from Kenneth Stein, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Cardiac Rhythm Management, on an article that was published online today by the Journal of the American Medical Association.  The article reported on a study that found that about 20 percent of patients who received an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) did not meet evidence-based guidelines for receipt of one.

Study: ICDs Too Widely Used in High-Risk Patients

More than one in five patients who receive implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) do not meet evidence-based guidelines to receive them, significantly increasing their risk of complications and death, according to a new study published in the 

January 4th

Another Death Leads to Renewed Call for AEDs in Schools

(CNN) -- It was the second play of a high school football game. A 16-year-old tight end caught the pass. As he broke free from a defender, he was struck in the chest by another player.

After the play ended, Michael Ellsessar was slow to his feet. As he tried to stand, his legs buckled. He was in cardiac arrest.

Despite getting immediate CPR, Michael died that day on November 15.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Can Also Strike the Young


Emilie PuricelliEach year an estimated 325,000 people die in the United States from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).  Of that number the Heart Rhythm Society estimates about 7,000 of these deaths are in children and infants.

On August 30th, 1997, my seemingly healthy 22 year old daughter, Emilie, died suddenly, in her sleep, from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

Teen Hockey Player Recovering from SCA

Milford High School hockey player Tyler Symes is moving forward with his recovery following a hard hit that actually stopped the 15-year-old's heart during a hockey game.

January 2nd

Breathing in Polluted Air May Trigger Heart Arrrhythmias


Exposure to air pollution has been linked to deaths, including sudden death (arrhythmic mortality). A new study suggests the effects of air pollution on the heart and the rhythm of the heartbeat may be under-recognized. That’s because research finds that even healthy people with no known heart disease have detectable changes in important electrical properties of the heart when breathing in air pollution like the smog commonly encountered in cities worldwide.

Authors say these findings suggest that pollutants may impair the ability of the heart to reset its electrical properties in an orderly manner, especially during periods of acute or prolonged smog exposure, creating the conditions needed for arrhythmias, which can lead to sudden cardiac death in some cases.

Granby, Mass., Named HeartSafe Community

Granby, Mass.—Granby, Massachusetts has been named a "HeartSafe Community" by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Department of Emergency Medical Services, meaning that it is well-equipped to save lives in cases of cardiac arrest.

Communities earn points for the designation based on whether they fit the criteria in terms of technology, emergency responders and CPR training for laypeople.

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