Archive - Oct 19, 2013

Archive - Oct 19, 2013

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Heart attack victim Gallacher plans defibrillator campaign

By Tony Jimenez

LONDON (Reuters) - Former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher wants more defibrillators available on British golf courses after suffering a heart attack while on an engagement in his native Scotland in August.

The 64-year-old is now on the road to recovery and making plans to lead a campaign for defibrillators to be widely available at courses.

"While undertaking an engagement for a corporate client in Aberdeen, Bernard was taken ill and spent 15 days under the excellent care of medical staff in Aberdeen, seven days of which were in intensive care," his management team said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Bernard went into cardiac arrest on three occasions. Thanks to the composed and quick thinking of staff and guests at the engagement, as well as quick access to a defibrillator, Bernard is on his way to a full recovery with no long term effects expected.

Dick Cheney reveals heart defibrillator was altered to thwart terrorist hacks

Former US vice-president Dick Cheney has revealed that his heart implant was altered to prevent terrorists from hacking into it.

Mr Cheney, who was former president George W Bush's right-hand man in the "war on terror," has had a long history of heart troubles.

Prior to his heart transplant nearly two years ago, Mr Cheney underwent a series of life-saving procedures, including an implanted defibrillator.

But his doctor, cardiologist Jonathan Reiner, had the device's wireless function disabled when it was replaced in 2007 so that terrorists could not trigger a fatal shock to his heart.

"I was aware of the danger... that existed... I found it credible," Mr Cheney told CBS television.

"I know from the experience we had and the necessity for adjusting my own device, that it was an accurate portrayal of what was possible."

AEDs in Place in Tewksbury, NJ, Parks

TEWKSBURY TOWNSHIP, NJ-- If the excitment of the action on the playing fields gets to be too much for somebody's heart, defibrillators are on hand to help.

The automated external defibrillators.(AEDs) are now available in all Tewksbury parks after the Tewksbury Athletic Association campaigned for them last year. The TAA did fundraising and the Township Committee pitched in. The Tewksbury Rescue Squad did the training.

The rescue squad is also planning to hold CPR classes for the public.

Tewksbury Athletic Association wanted to have AEDs located at its fields in case of an emergency.

An AED is a portable automatic device used to restore normal heart rhythm to patients in cardiac arrest. Applied outside the body, it automatically analyzes the patient's heart rhythm and advises the rescuer whether or not a shock is needed to restore a normal heart beat.

Dick Cheney Worried Terrorists Would Hack His Implanted Defibrillator

WASHINGTON, DC--Former Vice President Dick Cheney says he had a doctor disable the wireless function on his implanted defibrillator so terrorists could not hack it.

In an interview to be aired Sunday on the CBS news show "60 Minutes" and on CNN Tuesday, Cheney discussed his medical problems. His new book, "Heart," describes them in greater detail.

Cheney told Dr. Sanjay Gupta he had the heart defibrillator functions altered in 2007 because he was afraid that terrorists had acquired the technology that would allow them to use it to kill him remotely.

A few years later, he watched an episode of the Showtime series "Homeland" that showed that being done. He said the plot was credible "because I know from the experience we had and the necessity for adjusting my own device that it was an accurate portrayal of what was possible."

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