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November 19th

Shift happens

Last week I drove to NY to see my old buddy Dr Rubin, electrophysiologist supremo. He's just the best darn doctor I've ever had the pleasure to be a patient of. Well, it turns out that that I finally made some use of my ICD (Medtronic Virtuoso). It's the second ICD I've had - it replaced the first one after its battery was running dry. I had this one implanted in July 2010 and it has a new feature called ATP (Anti Tachycardia Pacing) which is pain free therapy that is delivered if the device detects a VT.

On July 17 and October 20, the device did just that. Both times I was in a stressful situation (giving an important talk with an audience). And both times though I knew I was nervous (lots of palpitations), I did not, repeat, not, notice that the device operated. I'm very thankful for this ATP thing which supposedly can stop VF from occurring.

November 14th

Blueprint for an airport

If you are one of the 376 airports in the U.S.A. and don't have a program like this, here are the instructions:
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On October 17, a woman and her husband were on their way to the United Airlines ticket counter in Terminal 2 when the woman began experiencing difficulty breathing and collapsed. A United Customer Service Agent immediately began assisting and called out for anyone who knew CPR. A nurse practitioner was in the airport and rushed over. The United employee then called for assistance and found Airport Police Officer Eric Davis. Officer Davis immediately responded by grabbing an AED. Both the nurse practitioner and Officer Davis placed the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on the woman and administered it. The woman then began breathing on her own, and all stayed with her until a rescue crew from the Phoenix Fire Department arrived on-scene. The woman was stabilized for transport to a local hospital.

November 4th

Luck of the Irish

***The following essay is from my essay to the CNN Fit Nation: 2013 Triathlon Challenge. http://ireport.cnn.com/topics/856830
****I'll add a link to my video once I have posted. I'd be honored for this dream to become a reality.

"Luck of the Irish"

As I’ve spent the last few days watching iReport videos from last year’s “Lucky Seven” and this year’s FitNation hopefuls, I’ve been in awe of the stories and experiences I’ve listened to and read. Everyone seems to have a great reason for applying and there is no doubt that they make a very strong case as to why they should be chosen, but I am going to give this awesome opportunity a shot nonetheless.

November 2nd

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Urges FDA to Reconsider Reclassification of AEDs

The Food and Drug Administration is in the process of reclassifying "pre-amendment class III devices," including automated external defibrillators (AEDs). This proposed increase in regulations will have significant public health consequences, due to reduced access to early defibrillation for the nation's victims of sudden cardiac arrest. If regulatory hurdles increase, access to lifesaving treatment with AEDs will decrease. Following is our letter to the FDA.

We urge you to express your concerns to the FDA as soon as possible, before a determination is made. Sign this petition. Or use the sample letter below.

More coverage: Journal of Emergency Medical Services

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