Archive - 2011

Archive - 2011

December 9th

Is Long Distance Running Bad for the Heart?

By Jack Kelly

Two men -- a 21-year-old student and a 40-year-old experienced triathlete -- died, apparently of cardiac arrest, while running the Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon Nov. 20. That same day in Pittsburgh, KDKA News anchor Susan Koeppen collapsed while jogging with friends in Shadyside. Ms. Koeppen, who was training for a half marathon, reported by Twitter she has a defibrillator now.

In October, a 35-year-old fireman died while running the Chicago Marathon.

So is running long distance hazardous to your heart? It sure was for Phidippides, the first marathoner. After the Athenian army defeated the Persians at the battle of Marathon in 490 B.C., Phidippides is said to have run in about three hours the 25 miles back to Athens to deliver the news. According to legend, he uttered the word "Nike" (victory) and expired.

December 8th

Bill Introduced to Raise Awareness in Schools About SCA and Cardiomyopathy

TENAFLY, N.J.-- Yesterday Representative Frank Pallone (D-NJ) introduced the Cardiomyopathy Health Education, Awareness, Risk Assessment and Training in the Schools (HEARTS) Act to increase awareness of cardiomyopathy and the risk of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) among parents, schools and health professionals.   

December 6th

CPR Teacher Saves Student's Life

TORONTO -- Sheer coincidence saved the life of a Toronto high school student when a first aid instructor showed up just as he collapsed, emergency officials said.

Teacher Sean King was teaching first aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation to a Grade 9 class at Silverthorn Collegiate last month using mannequins, the Toronto Star reported. He went to the gym supply room to get a practice defibrillator and spotted fellow teacher Sharon McConnell kneeling by a Grade 12 basketball player on the floor, the Toronto Star reported Wednesday.

Using a real defibrillator, the two teachers restored the 17-year-old's breathing and pulse by the time paramedics arrived.

"The timing was ironic, because I had just been telling my students how important it is to know CPR, especially with the holidays coming up when they visit with elderly relatives," King told the Star.

New Guidelines for Prevention of Sudden Death in Athletes Announced

Members of 65 sports and health organizations met Tuesday in Washington, D.C., at the third annual Youth Sports Safety Summit, to review a new position statement issued by the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) titled "Preventing Sudden Death in Sports." To be published in the February 2012 issue of the Journal of Athletic Training, the statement outlines 10 major health conditions and causes of sudden death among athletes, while also providing updated recommendations to ensure better prevention and treatment of sports injuries.

New Guidelines for Preventing Sudden Death in Athletes Announced

Members of 65 sports and health organizations met Tuesday in Washington, D.C., at the third annual Youth Sports Safety Summit, to review a new position statement issued by the National Athletic Trainers' Association titled "Preventing Sudden Death in Sports." To be published in the February 2012 issue of the Journal of Athletic Training, the statement outlines 10 major health conditions and causes of sudden death among athletes, while also providing updated recommendations to ensure better prevention and treatment of sports injuries. According to NATA, which hosted the summit, this is the first time an association has provided such condensed information in one document to help medical professionals, coaches, parents, and others make more effective and efficient return-to-play and care decisions. 

December 5th

Girl, Friend Save Mom With CPR Learned on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

A mother of three from Sheboygan, Wis., credits her 10-year-old daughter, her daughter’s friend and “Grey’s Anatomy” with saving her life.

When 36-year-old Kandace Seyferth collapsed from a severe asthma attack Nov. 25, her daughter Madisyn knew exactly what to do. She quickly dialed 911 and started mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while her friend, 12-year-old Katelynn Vreeke, performed chest compressions.

Where did these young girls learn how to give lifesaving CPR? From watching ABC’s medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy,” Seyferth said. “We’ve watched it every week for the past eight years,” Seyferth told ABCNews.com. ”When my fiance asked her how she knew what to do, she said, ‘I’ve seen it on there 100 times.’”

Paramedics arrived four minutes later and took Seyferth to a nearby hospital.

“The paramedics saw them doing it, and they were just floored,” said Seyferth. “They’ve never taken classes; they just did what they saw. It’s amazing.”

December 4th

Global AED Scavenger Hunt Launched at mHealth Summit

A global iRescU Location Challenge was launched this week at the mHealth Technology conference in Washington, D.C., and continues through December 19. The iRescU AED Location Challenge is an innovative project designed to build public automated external defibrillator (AED) public access databases. The individual reporting the greatest number of AEDs (must report a minimum of 10 AEDs) will win an AED. The second place winner will receive an iPad. So get out your cameras and phones and report as many AED locations as possible. Here’s how:

December 3rd

Survivor and Rescuer Reunite One Year Later

By RIck Wills

PITTSBURGH--Six days before last Christmas, Jay Gebhardt collapsed into a store shelf at a Downtown 7-Eleven store, then spent 10 days in an induced coma in UPMC Mercy.

On Saturday — almost a year later — Gebhardt, his family and four Pittsburgh paramedics met under better circumstances, next to a giant Christmas tree in a Downtown hotel lobby.

November 27th

AHA Reaffirms Need for AEDs in Hospitals

DALLAS–The American Heart Association (AHA) takes issue with the article originally appearing on Nov. 14 as “Bad Shock…” by Lilly Fowler.

The article raised questions about how the AHA developed its guidelines for the use of AEDs in hospitals. The writing group for this recommendation followed AHA policy requiring a clear majority of authors to have no relationships with industry (RWI), and that no one with RWI be allowed to vote on any recommendation.

The AHA has consistently enforced strong policies to guard against influence of industry in the development of our guidelines. Our mission is to save lives. It is clear that early defibrillation saves lives. Without it, victims with shockable rhythms have virtually no chance of survival.

Ottawa has its act together!

Three saves in one week...

Updated: Sat Nov. 26 2011 4:53:11 PM ctvottawa.ca

An Ottawa firefighter said he's looking forward to having a beer with the opposing player whose life he helped save during a game of hockey Friday night.

Ottawa paramedics said a 61-year-old man was playing hockey at the Kanata Recreation Complex when he collapsed around 10:30 p.m. Friday.

Off-duty firefighter Pat Aubry skated over, felt he had no pulse and immediately asked for someone to call 911 and get the public access defibrillator, according to Ottawa Fire Services.

"I was assessing him and as I was assessing him his eyes rolled back and he went purple, so I started CPR," said firefighter Pat Aubry.

CPR and one shock from the defibrillator were delivered, and paramedics said the man's pulse was back when they arrived.

"We set it up on him and the machine did what it was supposed to do," Aubry said.

He was taken to hospital conscious and is in stable condition.

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