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March 28th

AEDs and water...

This is not as complex as it might initially seem.

First, the victim should not be IN the water when you use the AED - and I don't care whether that's in a swimming pool or lying on the deck surrounding the pool in an eighth of an inch of water.

Second, the skin in the area of the upper body needs to be dried off, if wet. if the skin is wet, a more-than-usual amount of electrical energy will be diverted from the normal path through the heart to a path along the skin.


March 27th

Making Diagnostic Imaging Possible for Patients with Cardiac Implants

Newswise — ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center is on the forefront of making diagnostic imaging possible for patients with cardiac implants.
Electrophysiologist Eric D. Good, D.O., has implanted the state’s first patient with BIOTRONIK’s Iforia heart device. It’s the only implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) approved for investigational use in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
The device is commercially available, but is in the newest phase of the ongoing ProMRI® trial, a study that will examine ProMRI®technology in the MRI environment.
“This technology is intended to allow full diagnostic capabilities for our patients who are likely to benefit from MRI scans,” says Good. “We are very excited to be participating in the ProMRI® trial.”
Every year, more than 300,000 people are implanted with ICD systems to regulate their heartbeat, and studies estimate that 50 percent to 75 percent will need an MRI scan in their lifetime.

Two Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute Physicians Honored by American College of Cardiology

Newswise — LOS ANGELES (March 27, 2014) – Two Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute physician-researchers have been named recipients of prestigious awards from the American College of Cardiology.
Eduardo Marbán, MD, PhD, director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and a pioneer in developing cardiac stem cell treatments, will be awarded the 2014 Distinguished Scientist Award (Basic Domain) by the 40,000-member medical society during its 63rd Annual Scientific Session on March 31.
Sumeet Chugh, MD, associate director of the Heart Institute and a leading expert on heart rhythm disorders such as sudden cardiac arrest and atrial fibrillation, is to receive the Simon Dack Award for Outstanding Scholarship in recognition of Chugh’s contributions to the organization’s peer-reviewed medical journals.

Humans will be kept between life and death in the first suspended animation trials

At a hospital in Pittsburgh, surgeons are now allowed to place patients into a state of suspended animation. If a patient arrives with a traumatic injury, and attempts to restart their heart have failed — if they’re on the doorstep of death — they will have their blood replaced with a cold saline solution, which stops almost all cellular activity. At this point, the patient is clinically dead — but if the doctors can fix the injury within a few hours, they can be returned to life from suspended animation by replacing the saline with blood.

March 25th

UCSB Water Polo Player Dies After Being Pulled from Santa Barbara High Pool

A UCSB water polo player died Monday after being pulled from the bottom of the swimming pool at Santa Barbara High School, according to the Santa Barbara Police Department.

The man has been identified as Nicholas Johnson, 19, a sophomore majoring in psychology.

Before attending UCSB, Johnson competed for Santa Barbara High School’s water polo and swimming teams. He also played on the water polo team for the Santa Barbara Aquatics Club.

He is the oldest of four siblings, and his parents, Berkeley and Karen Johnson, posted a short statement on Facebook Monday afternoon.

"It is with infinite sadness that I let everyone know that our oldest son, Nick Johnson age 19, passed away this morning while doing a hard swim set at Santa Barbara High School," Berkeley Johnson wrote.

March 13th

CPR on the Big Screen

From Nov. 22, 2013, to Jan. 10, 2014, many Minnesota moviegoers watched something much more useful than product advertising as they waited for movies to start. A public service announcement produced by the Minnesota Resuscitation Consortium (MRC), a program of the University of Minnesota, aired on the big screen in 14 movie theaters statewide as well as on television screens in theater lobbies. The message: Anyone can help save the life of an adult in sudden cardiac arrest.

“We chose theaters to provide a broad coverage of Minnesota,” explained MRC Program Manager Kim Harkins. “Between the 14 theaters, it was projected to have approximately half a million views.”

March 12th

Lawsuit Claims Two Non-Working Health Club AEDs Led to Member’s Sudden Cardiac Death

A lawsuit filed recently in Syracuse, New York, claims that two non-working AEDs placed in a health club led to a member’s sudden cardiac death.  The incident happened on May 13, 2013 when the member, attorney Ronald Pelligra, experienced sudden cardiac arrest while working out at the Aspen Athletic Club. According to court papers (called a “complaint” in legal jargon) filed on behalf of Mr. Pelligra’s widow, the club had two AEDs but neither worked when employees retrieved and tried to use them. One AED apparently had no battery and the other had a dead battery.  As a result, according to the lawsuit, Mr. Pelligra died.

What I didn't know about CPR...

I've seen four different ways to perform CPR with your hands in the past weeks.

1. Lock your arms straight, get your shoulders over the hands, and rock from the hips. So far, no surprise.
2. Perform #1 but use your abs to accelerate your shoulders downward.
3. Perform #1 but start with your arms slightly bent and straighten them as you start the downward push.
4. Perform 1, 2, and 3 simultaneously.

For those who lack the physical training and endurance to perform alternatives 2, 3, & 4, you'll have to stick with alternative #1.

The Recommendation of a Book

Thanks to Doctors Gillinov and Nissin of the Cleveland Clinic, we have a book titled Heart 411 (Three Rivers Press). It is a well-organized, comprehensive, 500+ page treasure trove of information.

The book contains an interesting chapter on how a woman's heart is different and similar to a man's.

The primary symptom of coronary heart disease is chest pain for both sexes. Also the principal strategies for prevention and treatment apply to both men and women: healthy lifestyle, medicine, angioplasty, and surgery.


1. Since 1984, more women than men have died from coronary heart disease each year. Prevalence is dropping in men but rising in women.
2. For men, a heart attack is the first sign of heart disease. For women, the first sign is more commonly angina - a discomfort or fullness in the chest that generally occurs with exercise or stress and is relieved with rest.

March 5th

Thank You, Jeff Doroh, for Raising Awareness about Sudden Cardiac Arrest at the Boston Marathon!

Jeff Doroh, 32, of Milford, New Hampshire, is passionate about running--and raising awareness about sudden cardiac arrest. On April 21, he will run in the Boston Marathon in support of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. See his story below.

To support Jeff's "Run with Heart" fundraiser, click here.

Jeff's Story

Jeff DorohAs some of you may or may not know Boston will be my third marathon. But I didn’t finish both of the previous two. I’m sure most of you can tell that I love running, I have a huge passion for it and some would say a little obsessed. But all that almost came to an end during mile 25 of the Chicago Marathon in 2011.

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