Archive - May 4, 2012

Archive - May 4, 2012

MyHeartMap Challenge Winners Announced: A Total of 1,500 AEDs Found in Philadelphia


Contrary to expectations, the winners of a contest to locate lifesaving portable medical devices in Philadelphia relied on old-fashioned shoe leather.

That was just one surprising outcome of MyHeartMap Challenge, the University of Pennsylvania’s project to map the locations of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) — backpack-size gizmos that can save cardiac arrest victims if used in time.

Another surprise: The original estimate of 5,000 public-access defibrillators was way too high. A more accurate guess, Penn researchers now say, is 2,500. And contestants identified locations for 1,500 of them.

NJ Bills Mandate Better Cardiac Screening for Student Athletes

State Sen. Fred Madden (D-Gloucester, Camden) on Thursday introduced three bills implementing the recommendations of the New Jersey Student Athlete Cardiac Screening Task Force, which issued a report last month advocating better cardiac screening of student athletes to prevent sudden death from undiagnosed heart conditions.

The task force did not recommend that all student athletes get an EKG, but advocated gathering a complete, accurate family history to identify student athletes at risk from hereditary cardiac conditions. It also endorsed better training for clinicians so they can identify heart problems during a sports physical.

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