Archive - May 1, 2012

Archive - May 1, 2012


Stun Guns Can Trigger Sudden Cardiac Arrest

INDIANAPOLIS -- A review of case reports published April 30 in the journal Circulation indicates that being shocked in the chest with an electronic control device or stun gun can result in sudden cardiac arrest.

The article is reportedly the first one published in a peer-reviewed medical journal citing the connection.

“Law enforcement and other individuals using a stun gun need to be aware that cardiac arrest can occur, however infrequently, and therefore it should be used judiciously, and an unconscious individual should be monitored closely and resuscitated if necessary,” said study author Douglas P. Zipes, MD, Distinguished Professor and director emeritus of the Krannert Institute of Cardiology at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

FDA Votes in Favor of Use of Subcutaneous ICD in Appropriate Patient Populations

The FDA Circulatory System Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee voted 7-1 that the benefits of Cameron Health’s subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator outweigh the risks when used in the appropriate patient population.

In a 7-1 vote, panel members deemed the device effective and unanimously agreed that it is safe in patients for whom the device is indicated.

“The operational word here is reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness,”John C. Somberg, MD, of the Rush University Medical Center, said. “We have an expedited review and a small patient population that I believe is reasonable.”

However, David Milan, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, said it is important to balance the enthusiasm for a new technology with caution to ensure that standards for efficacy remain high.

World Champion Swimmer, 26, Dies from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

STOCKHOLM (AP) - Alexander Dale Oen, a world champion swimmer who was one of Norway's top medal hopes for the London Olympics, died during a training camp in Flagstaff, Arizona. He was 26.

The president of the Norwegian swimming federation, Per Rune Eknes, told The Associated Press in a phone interview that Dale Oen died after suffering a cardiac arrest.

In a statement, the federation said the 100-meter breaststroke world champion was found collapsed on the floor of his bathroom late Monday. He was taken to the Flagstaff Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

"We're all in shock," Norway Coach Petter Loevberg said. "This is an out-of-the-body experience for the whole team over here. Our thoughts primarily go to his family who have lost Alexander way too early."

Hospital spokeswoman Starla Collins confirmed the death, but did not provide further details.

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