Archive - 2009

Archive - 2009

August 17th

Philanthropic Group to Donate AEDs to Schools in Arizona

The Gootter Foundation gift, along with training through the Sarver Heart Center, will help cut deaths from sudden cardiac arrest.

TUCSON--The Steven M. Gootter Foundation has announced it is giving life-saving equipment to public and private high schools in southern Arizona. The Gootter Foundation will providing automated external defibrillators, known as AEDs, to area schools in southern Arizona that do not have them.

The goal is preventing avoidable deaths from sudden cardiac arrest.

The foundation also will donate AEDs to the Tucson Boys and Girls Clubs and the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center, formerly Randolph Tennis Center. All schools and institutions will receive training on the AEDs through The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center.

August 12th

I'm Much Safer Now

Evan Piekara, Queens, NY – 24 at time of event (2008)

Teach for America* nearly lost one of their stars. Just one month after his 24th birthday, Evan collapsed on the St John’s University basketball court. He’d had a trying month, 20 days straight without a break, and this was his first day off. It became a longer time-out than planned.

That July afternoon he fell to the ground after a particularly satisfying basket. Everyone stopped and stared. Someone thought to call security. Steve Ptacek arrived in minutes and brought an AED with him. He started CPR since Evan had no pulse, and wasn’t breathing, just making a strange gasping sound. The AED could not restore a rhythm. Evan was dying. Fit, healthy and energetic, this young man was slipping away and yet everything possible was being done to save him.

August 9th

Lacrosse and Heart Risks: What You Need to Know

Study Shows Need for Better Chest-Safety Equipment

MINNEAPOLIS ­– After Cornell University defenseman George Boiardi was struck in the chest with a lacrosse ball in the closing minutes of a 2004 collegiate game, he collapsed to the turf, and his heart stopped. The shot he blocked had killed him.

It was literally a million-to-one shot, if not more unlikely. But in a sport as fast-growing as lacrosse, an event that uncommon will happen multiple times at the college and high school level, says a new study.

July 29th

Laboring to Death

Sonja, California, MD – 30 at time of event (1999)

Sonja has a beautiful 10-year-old son to remind her of the morning she was declared dead. Her pregnancy had been completely normal, until she went in for the delivery of her second son. She thought it was time, but the OB-GYN thought otherwise. The labor was quite intense, such strong pain and yet she was not dilating. She was told to return the next day. During a bathroom visit to get changed, her water broke, so she stayed in the hospital for overnight observation. Lucky they hadn’t sent her home, because at 3:16 am she suffered a cardiac arrest.

July 26th

AEDs Can Save Lives in Schools When Potential Responders Plan Ahead

DALLAS — School-based AED programs have a high rate of survival for students and others on school grounds.

Researchers found that 83 percent of 1,710 U.S. high schools with AED programs that they studied had an established emergency response plan for sudden cardiac arrest. However, only 40 percent practiced and reviewed their plans at least annually with potential school responders.

 Of 36 cases of sudden cardiac arrests at the 1,710 schools:

    * 94 percent received bystander CPR,

    * 83 percent received an AED shock and

Proper Placement of AEDs Key to Effective Use

DALLAS — The appropriate placement of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) is critical to optimize their use in public places, according to two studies published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

July 22nd

AED devices only work if people use them

     AED devices only work if people who are trained actually use them.  My husband suffered a heart attack while playing basketball at the YMCA in town.  They have an AED device and have people there trained in CPR, but no-one used the device to try to save him.  I have also learned that if they had it would have "significantly improved his chance of survival".   

July 18th

Local Mom Gets Free Heart Screenings for Teen Athletes

Portland, OR–Sudden cardiac death. Not something we usually associate with teenagers, but experts say one in 500 teens have a heart condition that can sometimes be fatal.

Bev Heller of Scappoose lost her 17-year-old son David to this silent killer and now she’s raising awareness in an effort to save lives.

David Heller was a basketball star at Central Catholic High School. An inspirational young man full of life until the night before Thanksgiving in 2005.

“We found him the next morning—he had died in his sleep. He died of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy a heart condition,” said Bev Heller. “It’s the most common cause of sudden death in athletes.”

Just last month Quinn Driscoll, a Vancouver 8th grader collapsed and died during track practice from the same undiagnosed heart condition also known as HCM.

July 10th

Just Two Decisions Made A Save

Eddie Rinehart, Austin, TX – 39 at time of event (2008)

Eddie had no idea it would be so important. He just decided on a whim to drive to the club and use the treadmill for his morning run. Normally he pounded the neighborhood streets around 5:30am. Not that spring day.

“I was five minutes into the run and I felt really weird. I was light headed. The last memory I have is that I was moving my hand to slow down the treadmill,” Eddie said. “The next memory I have is being wheeled out of the gym on a stretcher with the paramedics at my side.”

July 8th

UAB Students’ Nintendo Wii CPR Earns American Heart Association Support

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The American Heart Association has pledged $50,000 to fund the work of University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) biomedical engineering undergraduate students who are working to develop a computer program that teaches CPR using hand-held remote controls from the Nintendo® Wii video game console.

Students James McKee, Jack Wimbish, Haisam Islam and Zach Clark began work on the project as seniors at UAB. Along with faculty advisers Greg Walcott, M.D., associate professor of medicine, and Jack Rogers, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical engineering, the team has been developing the Wii CPR technology for the last seven months. Based on an idea initiated by Walcott, the technology is a computer program that can be downloaded on home computers and synched with the wireless technology of the Wii remote to teach users proper CPR technique.

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