Archive - Jan 20, 2012

Archive - Jan 20, 2012

Survivor Reunited with his "Angels"

Tod Streets, Philadelphia, PA--56 at the time of event (2012)

In a touching and extraordinary reunion in mid-January, a Philadelphia man finally met the Septa manager and nurse who saved his life.

When Tod Streets collapsed in cardiac arrest while waiting for his Septa train at the 30th Street Station two weeks ago, it was two strangers who came to his rescue.

Only CBS 3 cameras were there as Streets met Septa Manager Garry Deans and nurse Jeanne Pundt who came to visit him at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

During the emotional reunion, with hugs and tears, the two rescuers told Streets, who remembers nothing about the incident, how they spotted him as he collapsed on the platform.

They said Streets fell dangerously close to the track, where his rush-hour train was approaching.

RI Hospital: Estrogen Linked to Sudden Cardiac Death

RI Hospital researchers get new look at what causes Sudden Cardiac Death

Providence, RI--One of two new studies from Rhode Island Hospital’s Cardiovascular Research Center directly links sex hormones for the first time to arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death (SCD). 

The second study identifies differential conditions and cellular mechanisms that can trigger SCD when a genetic disorder known as Long QT Syndrom (LQTS)  is a factor. Both studies use a first-ever genetic animal model the researchers developed in 2008 to further their understanding of LQTS. Their findings are published in the Journal of Physiology and the HeartRhythm Journal.

Sex hormones and Sudden Cardiac Death

World's Largest AED Training Session Held in Singapore

SINGAPORE--About 5,000 people yesterday broke the record for the world's largest Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training session, which marked the second National Life Saving Day here.

The feat came with a serious message: That learning how to use the AED may save lives. This, as about 1,400 people collapse out of hospital each year in Singapore, with only about 20 per cent receiving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) within the first few minutes.

Most of them also do not get an AED used on them in those vital first few minutes. Studies show that the use of CPR and the AED may increase survival rates of cardiac arrest patients by more than 50 per cent.

The event was organized by the Singapore Heart Foundation, the National Resuscitation Council, and partners such as the Institute of Technical Education, Nanyang Polytechnic, People's Association and Singapore Sports Council. 

SOURCE: Today Online

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