Archive - Mar 7, 2012

Archive - Mar 7, 2012

Closing the Gap in Gender, Racial Disparities in ICD Use

Previous studies have outlined gender and racial disparities within healthcare, including the low use of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD) as a primary prevention method in women and blacks. But a study published March 7 in Circulation showed that this gap may be narrowing after researchers found a significant increase in ICD therapy in all sex and racial groups. But while racial disparities were no longer present within ICD, sex differences persisted.

Indiana Man Saved by Wearable Defibrillator

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Bob Herring says he's lucky to be alive. Last Wednesday, the 68-year-old's heart stopped beating properly.

"Without the LifeVest and my Lord Jesus Christ, I wouldn't be here today," Bob said.

Three years ago, Bob had a defibrillator implanted in his heart to shock his heart if it went into sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

"SCA is not a heart attack, it's a pure electrical problem," Dr. Fausto Devecchi, an electrophysiologist at Lutheran Hospital , said. "The heart electricity usually flows in an organized manner and produces a nice heart beat. SAC results in a disorganized flow which results in a quivering of the heart and the heart stops beating."

If the defibrillator detects an abnormal rhythm, it would send an electric shock through the heart to get it beating correctly again.

Travelers Aid: The Mass Transit AED

Six lives have been saved with New Jersey Transit's automated external defibrillators (AEDs) since August 2006, when the agency began placing AEDs in its stations, terminals and employee facilities.

In December 2006, an NJ Transit employee was revived by two co-workers who had received AED/CPR training just days before. Within the past year, NJ Transit police officers revived a man found unconscious aboard a train stopped at a station and saved a woman who collapsed at a train station.

These life saves are the result of a program that includes installed AEDs. Covering a service area of 5,325 square miles, NJ Transit links major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia and providing some 254 million passenger trips each year.

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The mission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is to prevent death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest. The vision of the SCA Foundation is to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and influence attitudinal and behavioral changes that will reduce mortality and morbidity from SCA.

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