Archive - Mar 8, 2012

Archive - Mar 8, 2012

We have got to get over several bad assumptions...

You might be amazed to find how many people feel that cardiac arrests happen only to older folks, that there's really not much you can do - most of the people who arrest stay dead, and that they will never see a sudden cardiac arrest happen.I encounter that all the time.

First of all, hundreds of high-school students arrest every year. Second of all, while the overall survival rate across the country is only a little above one in twenty, there are islands of excellence throughout the nation where survival rates are in the fifty ro seventy-five percent range. This knowledge is important, because it's an existence proof that we can do better,

Here's the story of a young lad who died in January and is back at school now.

Bob

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Student who suffered cardiac arrest returns to RWHS
It’s been about six weeks since Red Wing High School student Tomas collapsed and suffered cardiac arrest while running laps during phys ed.

Study: Software Could Help Detect Faulty Cardiac Device Leads

Automated safety surveillance software programs might identify problematic implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) leads earlier than current post-market surveillance methods, according to a study published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

For the study, researchers used Data Extraction and Longitudinal Trend Analysis, or DELTA -- an automated safety surveillance tool -- to analyze data on patients who had received ICD leads.

Patients in the study received the leads between November 2001 and December 2008 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Mayo Clinic or the Minneapolis Heart Institute.

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