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Urgent: AEDs in Schools Bill at Critical Hearing this Thursday August 14, 2014

On Thursday, August 14th, the California Senate Appropriations Committee will have a Suspense Hearing at the conclusion of the Senate session. During this hearing, legislators will vote to lift or kill previously tabled bills, and Assembly Bill 2217 could die without your action. If enacted, AB 2217 would encourage all public schools to have an automated external defibrillator (AED) by allowing public schools the ability to solicit and receive funds to acquire and maintain an AED, if they don’t already have one. Please take action to urge the Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Kevin de León, to lift AB 2217 from the suspense file.

AB 2217 should be lifted from the suspense file for the following reasons:

Sorority meet AED life-saving goal

DURHAM — Just five years after losing both her mother and sister to heart failure, 20-year-old UNH student Andrea Karpinski went into cardiac arrest while working out at a Derry gym. She lost consciousness and stopped breathing for nine minutes before the Derry Fire Department arrived and shocked her out of arrest.

The gym had its own automated external defibrillator (AED), according to Karpinski, but in the chaos no one thought to use it. An AED is a portable device that can diagnose potentially life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias and stop them by jolting the patient with an electrical current.

Her terrifying experience led Karpinski on a three-year campaign to get AEDs installed at UNH sorority and fraternity houses and to train residents in their use. The campaign came to fruition last week when the Durham Fire Department announced it had ordered AEDs for two sorority houses at the university, including Karpinski's Alpha Xi Delta.

Marijuana use may lead to cardiac arrest and other heart problems

A new study finds young and middle-aged adults who use marijuana may have an increased risk for heart-related complications.

The paper, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, found nearly 2 percent of health complications from marijuana use were linked to cardiovascular health, and a quarter of these complications resulted in death.

"This result is consistent with previous findings and strengthens the idea that cannabis may be responsible for serious complications, in particular on the cardiovascular system," write the authors in their study. "Cannabis may trigger cardiovascular complications and therefore should be regarded as so by health practitioners and by users, who often admit the dangers of drugs like cocaine and amphetamines but minimize that of cannabis."

28-Year-Old who Suffered Heart Attack at L.A. Marathon Meets Rescuers

A man who nearly died when he got overheated during the Los Angeles Marathon said during an emotional reunion with his rescuers today that he feels like the luckiest person in the world to be alive.

Jode Lebeda, 28, was running the 2014 ASICS LA Marathon March 9 when he went into cardiac arrest at mile 20 in West Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Lebeda, who was running the race to check off an item on his bucket list, said he nearly died.

"Going down where I went down and having that immediate support -- within 60 seconds I had able, capable hands working on me to revive me," Lebeda said. "One hundred feet one way or the other, and I wouldn't be here today."

He thanked the number of paramedics and the medical team that saved his life.

"It makes you want to go buy a lottery ticket almost," Lebeda said.

Dr. Paul Vespa, director of UCLA Medical Center's Neurointensive Care Unit, said Lebeda had been close to dying.

Local EMT Saves Same Man Twice While Off-Duty

SANTA CLARITA ( — An emergency medical technician saved the same man on two occasions while he was off the job.

About six months ago, Tyler Rosser said he was playing softball when a player on a nearby field collapsed in cardiac arrest.

Rosser gave the man CPR and used a portable defibrillator to try and jump-start his heart.

“Within a couple minutes, he regained a pulse and was breathing on his own,” he said.

CBS2’s Adrianna Weingold reported that two days ago, the same man’s heart stopped beating for a second time.

Rosser was there once again.

“Not just once, but for someone to come back twice, I just feel blessed to have that opportunity to be able to make an impact like that,” he said.

Rosser said he’s amazed he was in the right place at the right time two times.

“I couldn’t believe it because he’s been playing softball every Sunday since then and who knows how many games he’s played and I haven’t see him,” he said.

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.

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.

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.

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