Archive - 2007

Archive - 2007

September 17th

Not All Heart Failure Patients Receive Optimal Therapy: Women and Elderly Less Like to Get ICDs

September 17, 2007–MINNEAPOLISBaseline data from the largest study of United States-based heart failure (HF) patients in the outpatient setting demonstrate significant gaps and variation in medical care, particularly for women and the elderly. Findings from the Registry to Improve the Use of Evidence-Based Heart Failure Therapies in the Outpatient Setting (IMPROVE HF) study were presented today in a poster session at the Heart Failure Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting. 

“This is the first study of its kind to document the extent to which heart failure patients in the outpatient setting are receiving optimal treatment, as defined by the most recent treatment guidelines,” said Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, Co-Chair of the IMPROVE HF Scientific Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles. 

September 15th

Three Saves in Three Months at Hawaii Airport

September 15, 2007–HONOLULU–For the third time since July, a life has been saved at a Honolulu International Airport with an automated external defibrillator (AED). Thanks to quick thinking by those around him, a 76-year-old man from New Jersey is alive.

Doctors Jonathan Duca and Nanette Duca-Cruz came in on a flight from New Jersey on Saturday, when they heard a call for help.

“We came down to baggage claim, and we were standing at the carousel waiting to get our bags, and someone came and yelled, ‘Help! Is there a doctor? Is there a nurse?’” said Dr. Duca, a fourth-year anesthesiology resident at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey.

A man had collapsed at a baggage claim area. The doctors immediately started CPR while airport employees brought an AED. Dr. Duca-Cruz, also a fourth-year anesthesiology resident, used the AED to bring the man’s heart back to a normal rhythm.

September 7th

National ICD Registry Reports Few Complications with Implantation of Internal Defibrillators

Some Implanting Physicians Lack Formal Training

September 7, 2007­–WASHINGTON–First the good news: First year data from the National ICD Registry indicates few complications with Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs). Now the bad news: A number of implanting physicians had no formal training with the medical procedure. The report will be published in the September 2007 edition of Heart Rhythm the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society.

The registry, the nation’s first comprehensive database of detailed information about patients with the implantable medical devices, found that complications at the time of device implantation and prior to hospital discharge occurred at a 3.6 percent rate in the more than 108,000 ICD implantations at 1,117 hospitals. Adverse events included hematomas (1.2 percent), lead dislodgement (1.0 percent) and death (0.02 percent).

September 5th

Texas Officials Sign AED Law

September 5, 2007–AUSTIN–Today, Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, visited schools in Austin, Houston and San Antonio to ceremonially sign Senate Bill 7, which requires every public school campus to have an automated external defibrillator (AED) readily available at all University Interscholastic League athletic practices and competitions. Equipping schools with AEDs will increase the survival chance for students who may suffer sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) while at school or participating in athletics.

“In a state that has long set the national standard for athletic competition, this bill establishes a benchmark for student safety by requiring the presence of an essential life-saving device at school activities,” said Perry. “Texas knows the importance of putting our students first by taking common sense steps to reduce risk, and improve the chances of survival.”

Low Risk of Infection with ICDs

September 5, 2007­–DALLAS–Device-related infections developed in fewer than 1% of patients within a year of pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) implantation, according to a study to be published in the September 18th issue of Circulation (published online on August 27th). The Prospective Evaluation of Pacemaker Lead Endocarditis (PEOPLE) study of 6,000+ patients in 44 medical centers in France found that the risk was lowest among patients receiving a device for the first time and patients who were given antibiotic prophylaxis. People who had a fever 24 hours before the implantation procedure were more likely to develop infections.

New CPR Promises Better Results by Compressing Abdomen, Not Chest

Leslie Geddes, the Showalter Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Purdue's Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, demonstrates a new technique for performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The method promises to be more effective than standard CPR because it increases nourishing blood flow through the heart by 25 percent. Geddes has developed the new method, called “only rhythmic abdominal compression,” or OAC-CPR, which works by pushing on the abdomen instead of the chest. (Purdue News Service photo/ David Umberger)

September 4th

Beaumont Hospitals and Channel 7 Offer Free Heart Screenings to High School Students

September 4, 2007–DETROIT–The "7's Health Edge Heart Check" program is a new screening program offered by Beaumont Hospitals in Royal Oak and Troy Michigan to prevent sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in students involved in vigorous activities and organized sports. The screening program combines a simple health history and noninvasive screening to look for signs of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a serious heart condition that is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. HCM affects approximately one in 500 people, and does not usually have any symptoms. The stress on the heart during strenuous activities puts our student athletes at higher risk for sudden death.

May 29th

ISSA Requires Personal Trainers to Undergo AED Training

May 29, 2007 – CARPINTERIA, CA – The International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), a teaching institution and certification agency for fitness trainers, will require all U.S. students who enroll in a certification course after June 1, 2007 to provide evidence they have successfully completed training in the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in addition to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training. Though AED training is not required for students who enroll prior to June 1, 2007 or for international students, ISSA strongly recommends that these students also seek CPR-AED training.

April 27th

ACT Foundation Paves Way for AED Education in Canadian Schools

April 27, 2007 – OTTAWA, ON – The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation of Canada is paving the way for defibrillator education in Canadian schools through its pilot project in Ottawa

ACT recently launched the ACT High School Defibrillator Pilot Project—the first of its kind in Canada –  when nearly 20 teachers from four Ottawa high schools were trained to teach their students how to save lives with a defibrillator.

The goal of the pilot is to expand students’ CPR training, increasing their ability to respond to cardiac emergencies in public places. Research shows that when early citizen CPR is combined with early defibrillation, the rate of survival for a person experiencing a cardiac arrest almost doubles.

April 24th

North Dakota Schools To Get AEDs

April 24, 2007 – BISMARK – North Dakota Governor John Hoeven has signed into law Senate Bill No. 2313, which provides for the purchase and distribution of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in schools. The state superintendent of public instruction will oversee the program, ensuring that school staff are properly trained. The $400,000 needed to support the program will come from the superintendent’s budget.

This is great news for Michelle Tipton of Beulah, who has been working for years to raise awareness about the need for AEDs in schools. Her son, Shannon Huber, then 17, died from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in 1999. It was later discovered that the cause of his SCA was long Q-T syndrome, a hereditary condition that affects the heart’s electrical rhythm.

Tipton is creating a database of schools in North Dakota that have AEDs. So far, 40 of 204 school districts have AEDs, she said.

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