Archive - Oct 2013

Archive - Oct 2013

October 22nd

The Janet Fund to Donate AEDs to NJ Schools

AEDMARTINSVILLE, NJ--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. 

Bradford Woods, PA, Woman's Heroic Story Exemplifies Foundation's Objective

Sue HostlerPITTSBURGH, PA--Instinct took over when Sue Hostler of Bradford Woods encountered a young man face down in an elevator at the Philadelphia International Airport.

She had been racing for an elevator on her way to the parking garage. When she saw Bob Hallinan's unconscious body on the elevator floor, she knew exactly what to do.

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, based in Pine Township, is using her story to call attention to Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, which is October, and the importance of learning CPR.

When she came across the man during a business trip in August, Hostler told one nearby woman to flag down the police or an emergency vehicle curbside and got another woman to help her turn the victim onto his back.

October 19th

Surviving Cardiac Arrest Survey

Thank you to those who chose to participate in our survey project. It is my hope that this is a first step in making medical providers, researchers, and everyone aware of the gaps in post-arrest education, discharge planning, and resources.

If you have not completed the survey and would like to, please do so before November 1.
If you have not completed the survey and do not intend to, I apologize for the potentially annoying reminder emails/newsletters.


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."

October 18th

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."

October 17th

Volleyball Player Resuscitated After Collapsing on Court

Defibrillator used to rescue Ouellette

ONTEORA, NY--Heroes and life-and-death situations are clichés in the sports world, but they were quite real during Thursday's volleyball match between Onteora and Wallkill.

Onteora junior Makalia Ouellette walked over to coach Brittany Alexander during the match at Wallkill complaining that she wasn't feeling well and thought she might pass out. Alexander called timeout as Ouellette collapsed into her arms.

Alexander said she yelled for help and "people came running." After laying Ouellette flat on the court, Alexander immediately began performing CPR. Ouellette was unconscious and "turning blue and not breathing," Alexander said. Onteora assistant coach Nicole Saunders found Wallkill's automated external defibrillator and gave Ouellette a shock that caused her to regain consciousness.

Pine Township, PA, Resident Working to Save People from Cardiac Arrest

Pittsburgh Total Trib Media highlights National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month by profiling the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a national community benefit organization based in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH, PA--Each day, an estimated 1,000 people experience sudden cardiac arrest. But only about 10 percent of them survive the abrupt cessation of heart function.

Mary Newman“When someone is treated quickly, then the survival rate increases to 40 percent,” said Mary Newman of Pine, president and co-founder of the nonprofit Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.

October 16th

Israeli develops a "watch" that can potentially stop heart attack deaths


It looks like a watch, but it's a sophisticated blood-oxygen heart-rate monitor
From ISRAEL21c

About half of all people at risk of death from heart attacks could gain the chance to live, once Israeli entrepreneur Leon Eisen’s new Oxitone device goes to market in about 18 months.

Using two optical sensors, and another special high-tech tool, he’s developed the world’s first “watch” that can just about tell when your time may be up.

It’s no joke: Oxitone was developed to cheat fate.

Eisen tells ISRAEL21c that about half of the people who die from cardiac or pulmonary arrest would be alive if someone had been there to get them to the hospital in time. Oxitone is made to be worn on the wrist to provide a heads-up for someone to get medical assistance on their own, before it’s too late.

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