Archive - Aug 2019

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August 13th

Researchers Develop First Tool for Predicting Sudden Cardiac Death in Children with HCM

Scientists funded by the British Heart Foundation have developed the first ever tool to identify children at risk of sudden death from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). 

August 12th

A Daughter Makes Lifesaving Plea to 911: Coach Me Through CPR?

In March 2017, Mary Smith took an afternoon off work to visit her daughter and 2-week-old grandson Brody at their Minneapolis suburb home.

Smith brought in groceries for dinner and carried a mobile crib up the stairs from the car. She was in the entryway when she found herself out of breath.

She collapsed, making a thud that her daughter, Lindsey Bomgren, heard from the hallway to the nursery.

Thinking her mom fell, Bomgren called out to her. Smith didn't respond.

Bomgren put down Brody and raced to the entryway. She grabbed her phone and called 911. She told the dispatcher her mom wasn't breathing. Smith was in cardiac arrest.

August 11th

Ohio Requires EMD Training for All Dispatch Centers

New state requirement for dispatchers targets better, faster treatment

The state has a new requirement to all emergency dispatch centers across Ohio that is designed improve treatment for urgent medical calls.

The Ohio Department of Administrative Services gave all dispatch centers a deadline of April 1 to either be emergency medical dispatch certified or to submit a timeline for compliance.

EMD is a systematic program of handling medical calls, according to Lt. Ben Walker.

August 4th

Hiking with defib/pacemaker after aborted sudden cardiac arrest

On March 7, 2019, I was hiking alone in Frozen Head State Park in Tennessee. I just finished climbing a tough 2.5 mile section of the trail and was about .5 miles from the trailhead (with a road near it). Suddenly, my heart began that fast pounding and my breathing turned very labored. I leaned over my poles and waited for this to stop. Previously, I had episodes of non-sustained ventricular tachycardia and figured this was more of the same. I was wrong. It did not stop. I clawed at my neck thinking something was caught and then tried to get my pack off with the same thought. I could not unsnap the pack- it was too difficult for some reason. My bladder let lose and then I knew sustained VT would kill me. Becoming an observer (I am academia)- I thought, "I will be the first sibling to die" and "Now I know how I would die." It was very confusing at that point. Tried to sit down and somehow ended up lying in the cold mud of the trail on my left side.

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