Archive - Jul 2013

Archive - Jul 2013

July 30th

Brought Back to Life by CPR

FLATHEAD, MT--The worst part about being hit by lightning may not be the electrical shock — it might be the CPR that comes later.

Travis Heitmann, 23, of Kalispell, one of three Glacier National Park visitors struck by lightning on July 17, said the experience has generally left him drained, but his sore ribs and back could be the result of the cardiopulmonary resuscitation that saved his life.

“My ribs are killing me,” Heitmann said last week. “I have a prescription for a massage therapy and can’t wait to get there.”

Heitmann, his long-time friend Kinsey Leishman, 23, of Huson, and a 10-year-old Kalispell boy Heitmann has been mentoring were hiking on the trail to St. Mary Falls when a storm quickly blew in. They turned back after reaching Virginia Falls and were about three-quarters of a mile from the Going-to-the-Sun Road trailhead when the lightning bolt struck.

Heart Attack vs Sudden Cardiac Arrest

In my brief involvement in this area, I find it shocking that other than those in the medical field, I would say more than 90% of common folks do not even know the difference between a Heart Attack and a Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

But its not that hard to explain and people get it, once you tell them that the Heart is a pump that needs Electricity and Fluid (Blood).

Take away any one of these and the pump is in trouble. Take away or restrict the fluid and a potion of the pump dies. Depending on size and location of the area affected a person may survive. THIS IS A HEART ATTACK

Take away the electrical power and the pump stops. PERIOD. Sudden Cardiac Arrest!

We need to educate!! People do not know

July 28th

David "Kidd" Kraddick's Sudden Death Due to Cardiac Cause

An outpouring of grief and memories on Sunday followed the sudden death of David “Kidd” Kraddick, a nationally syndicated radio personality and “an energetic dynamo" with an incredibly generous spirit.

Kraddick, 53, hosted the locally based Kidd Kraddick in the Morning. The program is broadcast on Dallas’ “Kiss FM” KHKS-FM (106.1) and more than 75 stations nationally. It is also broadcast on the television show Dish Nation.

Kraddick died Saturday in New Orleans at a golf tournament for Kidd’s Kids, a nonprofit he started that sponsors trips to Disney World for chronically and terminally ill children.

July 27th

Some Metro Station Defibrillators Aren't In Their Public Boxes - This hurts

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Photo by Twitter user SCG703.

All Metro stations are supposed to be equipped with automated external defibrillators, lifesaving devices that can shock a person's heart back into a normal rhythm. But as one advocacy group recently pointed out, some aren't in the public boxes marked "Emergency Defibrillator."

A great blog post by Sabrina Wilber of the Metropolitan Transit Advocacy Group, a recently launched group focused on Metro rider safety and representation started in part by Chris Barnes of Fix WMATA, first raised the issue.'

July 25th

Hypothermia is Making a Comeback in Medicine

Cooling patients who have suffered cardiac arrest can lessen damage to the brain; now researchers are looking for other ways to use induced hypothermia.

The last Dr. Peter Franklin remembers, he was lying on a table in the cardiac catheterization lab in a Miami hospital when his chest started to hurt.

Then he died. The medical team raced to restart Franklin’s heart, then placed a stent in a blocked artery to allow blood to again flow freely. His doctors also worked to save his brain, using a technique that’s as old as ancient Greece — hypothermia.

Don't Skip Breakfast!

Skipping breakfast increases the risk of heart attack among middle-aged men by more than a quarter, a study has found.

The evidence suggests the old adage about breakfast being the most important meal of the day might be right.

Researchers in the US analysed diet and lifestyle data on 26,902 male health professionals aged 45 and over.

Over a period of 16 years, men who regularly skipped breakfast had a 27% greater risk of having a heart attack or dying from heart disease than those who did not.

The same men were more likely to smoke, drink more alcohol, be unmarried and to be less physically active.

However, these factors and others, such as body weight, medical history and overall diet quality, were taken into account by the scientists.

DC Metro Moves AEDs Out of Reach; Riders Concerned

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Multiple signs hang over an automated external defibrillator cabinet at the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro station, helping riders to spot the life-saving device.

This cabinet, however, is empty except for an instruction sheet. At the Gallery Place F Street entrance, the AED has been moved into the manager's kiosk. It's something that has apparently happened at other stations as well.

An AED can be used by a person without medical training to shock a person's heart back to a normal rhythm.

Relocating the emergency device, which was first brought to light by the Metropolitan Transit Advocacy Group, is a concern to Metro riders.

"When seconds count, you don't have time to go looking for a manager," says rider John Vallejo. "Your hope is that (the AED) is in the box where it should be."

Metro has released the following statement:

July 23rd

Sudden Cardiac Deaths Among Volunteer Firefighters--and Everyone Else

Thankfully, the number of deaths among volunteer firefighters in the U.S. has declined to a record low--27 such deaths in 2012. During the same time period, the overall incidence of sudden cardiac death in the U.S. was about 324,000 (359,400 x 90 percent survival). So, the number of people dying from sudden cardiac arrest every hour in the U.S. (~37) is roughly equivalent to the number of volunteer firefighters who die each year from SCA (27). Maybe we ought to be applying what is working for volunteer firefighters to the general public. 

Carmel, IN, Charity Donates AED to Ballpark Where Eight-Year-Old Suffered Cardiac Arrest

UNION CITY, IN--A Carmel charity donated a portable defibrillator to the Union City ballpark where eight-year-old Dylan Williams was struck by a baseball and gravely injured.  He never regained consciousness and was taken off life support at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

HeartReach Carmel was started in 2010 to provide potentially life-saving AEDs (Automated Electronic Defibrillators) to organizations throughout the state. HeartReach will donate an AED to Union City Monday morning, as well as provide training on the AED.

July 22nd

Beta-Blockers Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death

Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is defined as a non-violent death that cannot be explained, occurring less than 24 hours from the onset of symptoms. [1]

Out of all antiarrhythmic agents, only beta-blockers have been shown to be effective at reducing the risk of SCD. According to a new meta-analysis of all randomized control studies evaluating beta blockers vs. placebos, beta-blockers reduce the risk of SCD by 31%, cardiovascular death (CVD) by 29% and all-cause mortality by 33%. These results confirm the mortality benefits of these drugs and they should be recommended to all patients similar to those included in the trials.


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