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August 18th

Ultrasound Used to Predict Heart Attack Risk

August 19, 2008–ScienceDaily–Repeat exams using widely available and inexpensive ultrasound imaging could help identify patients at high risk for a heart attack or other adverse cardiovascular events, according to a study published in the September issue of the journal Radiology. Heart attack is one of the causes of sudden cardiac arrest.


Researchers performed ultrasound imaging on the carotid arteries of 1,268 patients who were asymptomatic but at high risk for cardiovascular disease. Of those, ultrasound determined that 574 patients had carotid artery disease, as determined by the amount of plaque built up in the two vessels that supply blood to the head and neck. Each of those patients had a second ultrasound exam six to nine months later to measure changes in the plaque lining the arteries.

Lifesaving Implantable Devices Underused in Heart Patients

August 18, 2008–Fewer than half of eligible patients in the U.S. received medical devices to shock their faulty hearts back into rhythm, though the products can cut death rates by more than one-third, a study found.

Hospitals implanted the $33,000 cardiac resynchronization therapy devices in 12.4 percent of heart failure patients, according to a survey of 34,000 cases published online in the journal Circulation. Previous studies suggest 30 percent to 50 percent of heart failure patients have conditions that make them best suited for the pacemakers, said Jonathan Piccini, a Duke University cardiologist who co-authored the paper.

August 14th

Defibs in Space...

August 13, 2008–REDMOND, WA–The International Space Station (ISS) is now equipped with the first automated external defibrillator (AED) in space. The AED will be available for NASA crew members should someone experience sudden cardiac arrest in space.

The ISS has utilized manual defibrillators in the past, but NASA decided to now deploy an AED because it requires less training and maintenance, better enabling astronauts to respond to a medical emergency. The small size and light weight of the device also help minimize hardware mass and volume onboard the Space Station.

NASA's Medical Operations personnel evaluated the use of the AED in zero gravity conditions aboard a NASA DC-9 test aircraft as part of developing their advanced life support use protocols.

Source: Physio-Control


Bill Seeks to Mandate CPR Training in High Schools in Phillipines


August 14, 2008–MANILA, Philippines–To combat the high incidence of death by cardiac arrest in the country, a lawmaker has filed a bill seeking the mandatory teaching of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in public and private secondary schools.

In a statement on Thursday, Alliance for Rural Concerns partylist representative Narciso Santiago III said he filed House Bill 4422 because there is a need to teach young people CPR as most cases of cardiac arrests happen at home.

The CPR is an emergency medical procedure for people whose hearts have stopped due to cardiac arrest caused by heart attack, gas poisoning, drug overdose, head injury, drowning, suffocation, and electric shock, among others.

August 8th

Florida Construction Firm Makes AEDs Standard Equipment at Jobsites

August 6, 2008–FORT LAUDERDALE–Florida-based construction firm Moss & Associates yesterday announced a new program to deploy automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at each of its more than 30 jobsites to accelerate a life-saving response in the event of a cardiac arrest. While AEDs are increasingly being installed in public gathering places such as stadiums, shopping malls, hotels, airports, and bus terminals, their use in the workplace is just beginning to gain momentum, said Brian Trusky, Moss vice president-loss prevention. The company will consider AEDs standard safety equipment at all Moss jobsites throughout Florida and the Caribbean.

Trusky said Moss is following AHA guidelines by training job site supervisors and other personnel in the use of AEDs as well as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques. “We believe this investment in AED training and equipment adds a new dimension to our workplace safety program,” he said.

Making Sudden Cardiac Arrest a National Health Priority

National Medical Association Issues White Paper on Sudden Cardiac Arrest

August 7th

AED Investment for Small Company Pays Off

August 6, 2008¬–TOLEDO–Three years ago, Thermadyn, a company with 30 employees in Sylvania, Ohio, invested in an automated external defibrillator (AED). The investment paid off two months ago, when Wayne Martin, CFO, used it to save the life of Roy Rosler, a 72-year-old shipping supervisor.

Rosler later said he had no idea that he had any heart trouble--until he dropped dead. The fact that he’s still here, Rosler said, is nothing short of a miracle. He thought it was peculiar there was an AED at the office. Little did he know this small medical device kept in the office kitchen would save his life.

“It took one shock,” said Martin, “and he was breathing again, and actually he started talking.

When Rosler collapsed, co-workers gathered around to make him more comfortable. Then, Martin hooked him up to the defibrillator and followed the machine’s audible instructions.

August 6th

If There's No Defibrillator, Pull Out a Knife?

Stan Wisniewski, Chicago, IL – 24 at time of event (1954)

Stan WisniewskiWhen Stan collapsed onto on the darkened radiology lab floor, cardiology was not yet mainstream, and defibrillators were mains powered. Drugs were revolutionizing medicine and antibiotics were used liberally, but surgery was king. And Stan is still here today because of those three disciplines. If he had had his cardiac arrest 50 years later he might have kept those two ribs and his left nipple. But he is not sorry at all. “Whatever happens, happens. We’ll make the best of it,” Stan says is his motto.

August 1st

Without CPR, They Die - (Part 2 of our Hands-Only CPR Series)

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) involves mimicking two important organs, both of which are required to sustain life. The answer lies in the very term cardiopulmonary. Cardio is derived from the Greek kardia meaning heart or hollow vessel, and pulmonary from the Latin pulmonarius (of the lungs).

Thus CPR quite literally means resuscitation through circulation and breathing. Not just compressions, but ventilations as well. I’m sure you already know how important “pumping and blowing” is— it would be hard not to with all the time and effort spent on training during the last 40 years or so. But the solution to resuscitation is not quite that simple.

Introducing the SCA Foundation Chairman

Bobby V. Khan, MD, PhD, has been elected the new chairman of the Foundation Board of Directors, taking the reins from Paul Pendergast, of Hartford, CT, who served as chairman in 2007, and Michael Sayre, MD, of Columbus, OH, who served as founding chairman in 2006.

Born and raised in Nashville TN, Dr. Khan is currently Assistant Professor of Medicine/Cardiology at the Emory University School of Medicine and Director of the Coronary Care Unit and Cardiovascular Research at the Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

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