Archive - Oct 2013

Archive - Oct 2013

October 28th

Heart Screens for Athletes Doable, but Costly

ORLANDO -- A comprehensive cardiac workup for young athletes proved feasible but cost too much to be practical, investigators reported here.

The addition of a limited echocardiogram to history, physical, and ECG identified five athletes with an increased risk of sudden death from 659 screenings at a cost of about $9,000 per event, not including physician costs.

The results did little to define the optimal approach to screening athletes, Jeffrey D. Anderson, MD, of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, reported here at the American Academy of Pediatrics meeting.

"History and physical exam alone are not adequate to capture all cardiac abnormalities that may put someone at risk for sudden death," Anderson said. "Echocardiography can reduce the false-positive rate of ECG screening, but mass echocardiography also will identify heart disease that does not pose an immediate risk."

October 27th

It's nice not being needed!

I also serve as a Medical First Responder in the community where I live.

Last week I was toned out to respond to a local church where a person had passed out.

By the time I got there, two people in attendance at the church had determined non-responsiveness, called 911, determined non-normal breathing, begun CPR, retrieved the AED, applied it, and had a living, breathing Cardiac Arrest Survivor on their hands. The victim was transported and now has a pacemaker.

That, my friends, is how we solve the problem of too many dying form SCA's: Available AEDs and people who know how to recognize a Sudden Cardiac Arrest when it happens and what to do!

It's nice not being needed!


October 26th

Taking Early Aim at Sudden Cardiac Arrest

PHILADELPHIA, PA--How many children drop dead every year of sudden cardiac arrest? One thousand? Three thousand?  

"We don't know," said Victoria Vetter, a pediatric cardiologist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "The problem is we don't have a registry in the U.S."

The federal government last week said it will help develop a pediatric registry for sudden deaths. To better determine who is at risk of dying, from which cardiac disorder, a local group is also planning a database with results of electrocardiograms (EKGs) and other records for researchers.

How many AEDs do public buildings need?

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - 61st District Court Judge Benjamin Logan is undergoing tests to determine the extent of the damage done by the heart attack the long-serving jurist suffered this week.

Logan was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday after suffering that heart attack in his courtroom.

The ability to save lives in the event of a heart attack at the first sign of distress has increased dramatically in the last decade, thanks in part to automated external defibrillators, or AEDs.

Surprisingly, there is only one AED for the entire 12-story Grand Rapids courthouse. But that number doesn't tell the entire story.

The Kent County sheriff's deputies who handle security at the courthouse began CPR -- the most critical life-saving step -- on Logan almost immediately.

They also called for the courthouse's lone AED, which is kept in a locked room on the first floor of the building.

October 24th

Young Hearts for Life Screens Thousands of Students for Potential Heart Conditions

CHICAGO, IL--A couple thousand students at Naperville North High School have spent four minutes on massage chairs over the past two days, undergoing a “quick, simple and painless” test for potentially life-threatening heart conditions that could cause sudden cardiac arrest if unnoticed and untreated.

The test is an EKG, which uses small, disc-shaped electrodes attached to the chest, arms and legs to monitor the heart’s electrical pulses for irregularities or signs of disease.

The Young Hearts for Life program founded by Dr. Joseph Marek, a cardiologist with an office at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, is leading the testing charge in Naperville and throughout the west and south suburbs.

NIH and CDC Launch Registry for Sudden Death in the Young

A registry of deaths in young people from conditions such as heart disease and epilepsy is being created to help researchers define the scope of the problem and set future research priorities. The National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are collaborating to create the Sudden Death in the Young Registry.

"The sudden death of a child is tragic and the impact on families and society is incalculable," said Jonathan Kaltman, M.D., chief of the Heart Development and Structural Diseases Branch within the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the NIH's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). "This registry will collect comprehensive, population-based information on sudden unexpected death in youths up to age 24 in the United States. It is a critical first step toward figuring out how to best prevent these tragedies."

October 23rd

Rochester, MN, Achieves 58% Survival Rate Thanks to Police AED Program

ROCHESTER, MN--Just about all of us have lost a friend or loved one to (cardiac arrest).

Now a certain U.S. city has developed a rapid action plan to save lives when the human heart goes into crisis and they are encouraging other cities to do the same.

When a late spring snowstorm hit Minnesota in May, 72-year-old Army Veteran Ron Kath went out to shovel his driveway like he always does, but this time he collapsed.

Ron suffered a sudden cardiac arrest and almost died.

Police got to him first.

Ron’s wife Paula said the police knew just what to do even before paramedics arrived.

They used a defibrillator to shock him back to life.

How Sweden’s New Text Message Plan Is Saving Cardiac Arrest Victims

By using text messages, the city of Stockholm, Sweden is getting emergency responders to cardiac arrest victims faster.

Here’s how it works. Volunteers who are trained in CPR are added to a network called SMSlivräddare, (or SMSLifesaver). When a resident dials 112 (the equivalent of 911 in the states), a text message is sent to all CPR volunteers who are within 500 meters of the person needing emergency care. This way, a volunteer may get to the patient faster than an ambulance.

The likelihood of survival from cardiac arrest drops 10% for every minute it takes first responders to arrive. CPR administered by bystanders has been found to significantly increase the likelihood of survival, but not everyone feels comfortable doing it, or even knows how.

The Importance of Taking Immediate Action, Critical Minutes Outside 10 Minutes Outside the Los Angeles Airport

VANCOUVER ACTOR SONJA Bennett has prepared for a lot of roles over the years, but she admits that she wasn’t ready for one she took on in a harrowing real-life drama.

On March 18, Bennett had just gotten off a plane in Los Angeles with a long-time friend and collaborator, local film producer Kevin Eastwood. (Author’s note: Eastwood is my brother-in-law.) The two were headed to meetings for a movie script she has written called Preggoland. After taking a shuttle from the airport to the nearby car-rental hub, they had just started walking from one kiosk to another when things took a drastic turn.

“Kevin clutched his heart and took two sharp inhalations and then just fell forward onto the cement,” Bennett says during an interview in a Commercial Drive coffee shop. “I didn’t spend very long asking, ‘Are you okay?’ Once he didn’t respond, I called 911 right away.”

The Janet Fund, Remembering Warren Girl, to Donate AEDs to NJ Schools

This month, in recognition of National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month and in support of Janet’s Law, The Janet Fund in Martinsville — started by the Zilinski family of Warren in memory of their daughter — will be donating 20 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to New Jersey schools.

Janet’s Law was signed by Governor Christie on September 21, 2012. The law goes into effect on September 1, 2014 and requires all New Jersey public and private schools to have an AED available in an unlocked, accessible location within close proximity to the gymnasium or athletic field, five trained responders, signs providing direction to the location of the AED and the establishment of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest emergency action plan.

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