Archive - Nov 16, 2011

Archive - Nov 16, 2011

Anxiety Can Lead to Sexual Dysfunction in Heart Implant Patients

MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Men and women with implanted defibrillators may experience sexual performance problems related to a fear of getting shocked during sex, according to the American Heart Assn.

In a survey of more than 150 people, average sexual function scores among men with ICDs were consistent with mild erectile dysfunction while those without the implants were in normal range.

Women's average scores were similar among those with ICD and those without, but women reporting high level of anxiety had lower sexual function scores.

Who Won the IRescU Scavenger Hunt?

Congratulations to Linda-Cotter Forbes, who has won the iRescU Challenge to upload or email the location of AEDs in the community! Linda is the mother of Kaitlin Forbes, a survivor who was saved at Rhinebeck, NY, High School, thanks to her school's foresight and preparation. Linda has won an AED, donated by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and Cardiac Science. Kaitlin's story is featured in "You Can Save a Life at School," downloadable here. The next iRescU Challenge will kick off on December 15th at mHealth Technology Summit in Washington, D.C. and will continue through December 19th, midnight ET.

Heart Screening Effectively Identifies High School Students at Risk of Sudden Death

Beaumont Health System research featured at American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Orlando

ROYAL OAK, MI (PRWEB)--A Beaumont Health System program launched in 2007 to screen high school students for sudden cardiac death risk has proven to be a low-cost, effective, accessible and sustainable method of identifying heart conditions.

Kim Bonzheim, director, Cardiology Services at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich., presented research results of Beaumont’s “Healthy Heart Check” student screening program on Nov. 14 at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Orlando, Fla.

“Using physician volunteers and paid technical staff, we have developed a rapid, low-cost, scalable model to effectively screen large numbers of high school students for sudden cardiac death risk and other heart conditions,” says Bonzheim.

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