Archive - Oct 15, 2012

Archive - Oct 15, 2012


University of Pittsburgh Hosts Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Among Participating Organizations

Coach Jamie Dixon, center, and SCA FDN TeamPITTSBURGH--The University of Pittsburgh basketball program hosted the Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair Sunday as part of Pitt’s Homecoming and 225-year celebration. The Fair included free blood pressure and health screenings and educational heart health displays, including CPR-AED demonstrations by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a national nonprofit organization based in Pittsburgh. Live coverage was provided by 93.7 The Fan, Pittsburgh Sports Radio.

Study: Recycled Heart Devices Offer New Life in Poor Nation

For at least eight years, a Philadelphia heart specialist and his colleagues have been smuggling used cardiac devices in suitcases to India to help poor people who might die without them.

Now, Dr. Behzad B. Pavri, a cardiac electrophysiologist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, reports that recycled implantable cardioverter-defibrillators or ICDs -- devices that jolt a failing heart back into rhythm -- can be collected safely from U.S. patients and funeral homes, transported, sterilized and re-implanted in people who otherwise would not be able to afford them.

“The patients who are getting these devices are the sickest of the sick, the poorest of the poor,” Pavri said.

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