Archive - Nov 19, 2012

Archive - Nov 19, 2012

Shift happens

Last week I drove to NY to see my old buddy Dr Rubin, electrophysiologist supremo. He's just the best darn doctor I've ever had the pleasure to be a patient of. Well, it turns out that that I finally made some use of my ICD (Medtronic Virtuoso). It's the second ICD I've had - it replaced the first one after its battery was running dry. I had this one implanted in July 2010 and it has a new feature called ATP (Anti Tachycardia Pacing) which is pain free therapy that is delivered if the device detects a VT.

On July 17 and October 20, the device did just that. Both times I was in a stressful situation (giving an important talk with an audience). And both times though I knew I was nervous (lots of palpitations), I did not, repeat, not, notice that the device operated. I'm very thankful for this ATP thing which supposedly can stop VF from occurring.

FDA Considers Reclassification of AEDs

By Teresa McCallion, EMT-B, Journal of Emergency Medical Services

Expert panel recommends higher safety standards

Blood pressures are rising over a move by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to classify automated external defibrillators (AEDs) as a Class III high-risk medical device, requiring a more rigorous pre-market approval (PMA) application process. The FDA is expected to make a final decision by the end of this year.

Bakersfield, CA, High School Student Collapses and Dies from SCA

Bakersville, CA--A 15-year-old boy collapsed and died during a physical education class at Centennial High School.

Caleb Hannink died at 2:28 p.m. Thursday, according to the Kern County Coroner's Office.

The school called an ambulance immediately and it arrived within five minutes, but the boy died after he was taken to Bakersfield Heart Hospital, according to Kern High School District spokesman John Teves.

Grief counselors were on campus Friday, he said.

"He was a good kid," Teves said. "He was well-liked. They're having a tough time. We're trying to help them the best we can."

SOURCE: The Bakersfield Californian

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