Archive - Mar 2012

Archive - Mar 2012

March 10th

Schools Raise $30,000 for AEDs

Slidell, LA--She did it. A petite brunette who lost her son Sept. 29, 2011, mere months ago, to heart disease, Ann Hebert was determined that no other mom would have to go through what she did. In working through their grief, she and husband Marius formed the Jeremy Michael Hebert Trust Fund with the Northshore Community Foundation and began raising money to provide automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for each school in the parish.

“I never want any other family to go through what we went through if it could be helped,” she said. Thursday night it was announced they had accomplished their initial goal.

At the February meeting of the St. Tammany Parish School Board, Feb. 9, it was announced that there would be a Jerseys for Jeremy Day Feb. 29 to raise funds for the Foundation. Students wore their favorite team jersey for a $1 donation. In fact, many did not wear their jersey, but donated the money anyway. One student said, “I made $2 and want to give it all.”

March 8th

Though Rare, SCA a Risk in Lacrosse

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. Most often SCA occurs as the result of ventricular fibrillation (VF), an abrupt irregular rhythm that causes the heart to quiver ineffectively, rather than pumping normally.

In lacrosse and other sports such as baseball and hockey, however, another unpredictable and relatively uncommon source of cardiac death has been recognized — commotio cordis. Commotio cordis can occur when a blunt injury to the chest sends a small electrical charge to the heart. If this occurs within a specific time frame — just milliseconds — relative to the heart's electrical cycle, VF may be induced.

CPR Training May Become Mandatory in Missouri High Schools

In addition to earning credits in subjects like English and science, Missouri high school students could be required to be proficient in CPR.

House Bill 1337, sponsored by Rep. Rick Stream, R-District 94, would take effect in fall 2014 if passed. The bill requires students to be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation to graduate high school.

“Instruction may be embedded in any health education course,” the bill states. “Instruction shall be based on a program established by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross, or through a nationally recognized program based on the most current national evidence-based emergency cardiovascular care guidelines, and psychomotor skills development shall be incorporated into the instruction.”

EKG Testing May Identify Fatal Heart Conditions in Children

Each year, between one and six of every 100,000 U.S. children are a victim of sudden cardiac death, according to research published in Pediatrics. In many of these cases, underlying, undiagnosed heart trouble is responsible. A new study suggests that routine mass electrocardiogram (EKG) screening could help identify these problems earlier, and potentially save children's lives.

Although EKG exams, which record electrical activity in the heart, could help identify these heart problems, many questions remain about how and when to use them.

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.



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.

March 7th

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.

March 6th

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.

March 5th

Tennessee Man Saved by Wearable Defibrillator

COOKEVILLE, TN -- It may not be the most attractive accessory but Billie Kerley doesn't care. He'll tell you that he's just thankful to be alive.

"If you're interested in life ... I don't see no reason why that a doctor himself, or a nurse or anything like that couldn't influence somebody, in a way, to wear it," Kerley said.

After suffering from an acute heart attack that weakened his heart, Kerley was fitted with a LifeVest -- the first wearable defibrillator that requires no bystander intervention. Just a few days later, while sleeping, he went into cardiac arrest.

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