Archive - 2007

Archive - 2007

February 20th

Group Will Take New Approach To Saving Lives

'Take Heart America' Seeks to Increase Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates

February 20, 2007 - MINNEAPOLIS - A newly formed coalition of doctors, nurses, paramedics, health educators, community leaders and others have joined together in an effort to dramatically increase the likelihood that someone who suffers sudden cardiac arrest will survive.

"Sudden cardiac arrest, sometimes known as a massive heart attack, is a top killer that can strike anyone, anywhere, without warning," said Keith Lurie, M.D., co-founder of Take Heart America. "It's estimated that 300,000 people die from it every year," he added. "That's why we're taking approaches that individually have been shown to increase a person's chances of surviving sudden cardiac arrest and combining them in the hopes of dramatically increasing the number of lives we save."

February 19th

Implanted Heart Devices and Electromagnetic Interference

February 19, 2007 – The proliferation of electronic tools and devices has led to concerns about electromagnetic interference (EMI) with internal heart devices such as pacemakers, heart failure devices, and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), according to a recent article in St. Paul, Minnesota’s Pioneer Press. EMI may be caused by electromagnetic fields that surround technological devices that use electricity and magnets. Usually the fields are weak and won’t affect heart devices. In rare cases, however, they can prevent implantable heart devices from working properly and very rarely, may trigger inappropriate shocks from ICDs.

Medical experts say patients should not be overly alarmed about EMI, however, as long as they follow manufacturer guidelines. Heart device companies, which continuously monitor new technology, offer this guidance for patients with internal heart devices:

Sudden Death Strikes Another Student in Houston

February 19, 2007–HOUSTON, Texas – Mike Ndiribe, 18, a Grayson County College (Denison, Texas) student collapsed during halftime at a basketball game at Hill College north of Waco last Wednesday. He was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead an hour later. While Hill College had an automated external defibrillator (AED) that might have been used to save Ndiribe’s life, potential rescuers did not know where to find it. And while Grayson College also has AEDs, an athletic trainer from Grayson equipped with an AED did not travel with the team. Ndiribe, a native of Austria, was a college freshman who previously played varsity basketball at Fort Bend Bush High School.

February 14th

American Airlines Celebrates 76th Save in 10 Years - 63% Survival Rate 10 Times Higher than National Average

February 14, 2007 – FORT WORTH, Texas – As the country celebrates Valentine’s Day, as well as American Heart Month during February, American Airlines commemorates the 10-year anniversary of its own heart-health milestone. In 1997, American Airlines became the first U.S. airline to equip its aircraft fleet with Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), and this month, American proudly celebrates the 76 lives it has saved in those 10 years.

“American Airlines is pleased to be a pioneer in heart-health at 30,000 feet,” said Dr. Thomas Bettes, American’s Corporate Medical Director. “Our extensive training process ensures that our nearly 16,000 flight attendants are AED-trained annually and available to assist should a passenger become a victim of sudden cardiac arrest.”

January 27th

School Offers Heart Screenings in Maggie’s Memory

January 22, 2007 – HeartScreen America will offer low-cost electrocardiograms (ECGs) at Rhinebeck High School, Rhinebeck, NY, on January 26-27 for students six years of age and older, parents, faculty and staff. The initiative to detect heart defects will be conducted in honor of Maggie O’Malley, a varsity athlete, who died from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) last summer. She would have been a senior at Rhinebeck High School this year.

ECGs are not typically part of annual physicals at schools, but without them, potentially fatal heart abnormalities often go undetected until it is too late. For more information, see

January 26th

Mild Cooling Makes the Difference for College Student

January 26, 2007 – Oliver Trodyk, 22, a math and physics double major at Winona State University in Minnesota, was playing ultimate frisbee on December 5th, when he suddenly collapsed, a victim of sudden cardiac arrest. His teammates thought he was having a seizure—they knew he had a history of asthma. They called for help and emergency medical services (EMS) arrived about 10 minutes later. Upon arrival, paramedics confirmed asystole on their monitor. With cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), ventricular fibrillation (VF) evolved and they were able to restore Trodyk’s pulse after four shocks with a defibrillator. He was transported to Winona Community Hospital and then transferred by Flight for Life to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

January 23rd

Teachers Use CPR, AED to Save Student

January 23, 2007 – HOUSTON – An 11th grader at Debakey High School for Health Professions was playing basketball in the school gym on January 11th when he suddenly collapsed. Students called 9-1-1 and ran for help. Elmer Villatoro, a physical education instructor, and two other teachers, provided CPR and used the school’s defibrillator to resuscitate the victim. According to school officials, the student remains in critical condition.

Debakey, named for the heart pioneer Michael Debakey, MD, is part of the Houston Independent School District. HISD last year became the first school district in Texas to place defibrillators in every school.

Home AED Used to Save Neighbor

January 23, 2007 – Immediate intervention saved the life of Reynold Nikaido, 50, after he collapsed suddenly at his home in Halimaile. His son, Ryan, 19, began CPR and sent for neighbor, Chris Gilbert, a paramedic who keeps an automated external defibrillator (AED) in his home. Gilbert used the AED to restore a normal heartbeat. Firefighters and paramedics arrived about 10 minutes later. Nikaido’s heart stopped several more times on the way to the Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was later transferred to Straub Clinic and Hospital in Honolulu, where he received an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD).

Gilbert, a longtime CPR-AED instructor and early defibrillation advocate, is accustomed to saving lives on the job. But it was the first time Gilbert had used his personal defibrillator to help save a life.

Mild Cooling Used to Prevent Brain Damage

January 23, 2007 – Andy Nelson, 58, of Longwood, Florida, recently suffered sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) while mowing his lawn. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him on the way to the hospital. Finally, his heart was shocked back to life, but he remained in a coma. To prevent brain damage, Nelson was treated with mild therapeutic hypothermia using high tech pads filled with cold water. Nelson’s body temperature was lowered for 24 hours, allowing his brain to recuperate slowly. According to a report in the Centre Daily Times (, Nelson and his wife are convinced that cooling made all the difference in his recovery and quality of life.

January 22nd

Legislator Wants AEDs in More Public Places

January 22, 2007 - Joseph Sanfilippo, D-Binghamton (NY), would like to improve access to early defibrillation in Broome County, NY. A state law that goes into effect in September will require places of public assembly with a capacity of 1,000 or more to have a defibrillator on site and to have someone trained to use it. Sanfilippo plans to introduce county-wide legislation that would also mandate defibrillator programs in smaller-sized venues. He was motivated by the death last fall of Binghamton High School lacrosse player John Mack, who died after being struck in the chest with a lacrosse stick.

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