Archive - 2014 - Blog entry

Archive - 2014 - Blog entry

March 27th

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.

February 27th

Wash U, U of I Scientists Use 3-D Printer To Help Create Prototype Next-Gen Pacemaker

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Washington University in St. Louis have developed a new device that may one day help prevent heart attacks.

Unlike existing pacemakers and implantable defibrillators that are one-size-fits-all, the new device is a thin, elastic membrane designed to stretch over the heart like a custom-made glove. The membrane is imprinted with a network of electrodes that can monitor cardiac function and deliver an electrical impulse to correct an erratic heartbeat.
This video shows a rabbit heart that has been kept beating outside of the body in a nutrient and oxygen-rich solution. The new cardiac device -- a thin, stretchable membrane imprinted with a spider-web-like network of sensors and electrodes -- is custom-designed to fit over the heart and contract and expand with it as it beats.

University of Illinois materials scientist John Rogers co-led the team that invented the new device.

Genes hold key to unexplained cardiac deaths in young people

New Zealand and Australian doctors are on the verge of discovering why some young people suddenly fall victim to cardiac death.Chris Semsarian

Preliminary numbers show 460 sudden cardiac deaths have been reported in both countries in the past three years, with 51 of these occurring in New Zealand, Australian cardiologist Chris Semsarian says.

Dr Semsarian, who presented early results of his three-year study at the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Pathology Update in Melbourne over the weekend, says gene analysis could confirm the underlying cause of these unexplained deaths.

Final results are expected in the middle of this year, he says.

Sudden cardiac death a silent killer

Sudden cardiac death in young people aged between one and 35 who are considered healthy is "like getting hit by a bolt of lightning", Dr Semsarian told New Zealand Doctor.

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