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Kaiser Permanente and Hawaii Heart Foundation launch screening program for young athletes

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has paired up with the Hawaii Heart Foundation to launch a new program in Hawaii’s high schools to screen young athletes at risk of sudden cardiac arrest.

The program, called Hawaii Heart Youth Screening, recently kicked off at Moanalua High School where the health-care providers screened around 200 people between the ages of 14 and 22, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii said in a statement.

Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in athletes in that age group; every three days, one teenage athlete in the U.S. will suffer from sudden cardiac arrest.

The free screenings include a medical and family history review, physical exam and electrocardiogram — ECG or EKG — to analyze the heart. For those who needed further testing, an ultrasound of the heart was also available.

Study: Begin Cooling After Cardiac Arrest Within Six Hours of Arrest

CHICAGO -- There's no difference in neurologic outcomes or survival as long as cardiac arrest patients are started on therapeutic hypothermia within 6 hours of being revived, researchers said here. In a single-center study, those who were started on hypothermia within 2 hours had similar Cerebral Performance Category (CPC) scores -- a measure of neurologic outcomes -- and similar survival to those whose bodies were cooled more than 2 hours after they'd been revived, according to Said Chaaban, MD, of Kansas University School Of Medicine in Wichita, and colleagues. But those who were cooled sooner did have a significantly shorter length of stay in the cardiac intensive care unit (ICU), Chaaban reported during a poster session at the CHEST meeting. "It's just a retrospective review, but if these findings are true, it could mean a huge decrease in medical expenses and comorbidities," Chaaban told MedPage Today.

How many AEDs do public buildings need?

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - 61st District Court Judge Benjamin Logan is undergoing tests to determine the extent of the damage done by the heart attack the long-serving jurist suffered this week.

Logan was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday after suffering that heart attack in his courtroom.

The ability to save lives in the event of a heart attack at the first sign of distress has increased dramatically in the last decade, thanks in part to automated external defibrillators, or AEDs.

Surprisingly, there is only one AED for the entire 12-story Grand Rapids courthouse. But that number doesn't tell the entire story.

The Kent County sheriff's deputies who handle security at the courthouse began CPR -- the most critical life-saving step -- on Logan almost immediately.

They also called for the courthouse's lone AED, which is kept in a locked room on the first floor of the building.

How Sweden’s New Text Message Plan Is Saving Cardiac Arrest Victims

By using text messages, the city of Stockholm, Sweden is getting emergency responders to cardiac arrest victims faster.

Here’s how it works. Volunteers who are trained in CPR are added to a network called SMSlivräddare, (or SMSLifesaver). When a resident dials 112 (the equivalent of 911 in the states), a text message is sent to all CPR volunteers who are within 500 meters of the person needing emergency care. This way, a volunteer may get to the patient faster than an ambulance.

The likelihood of survival from cardiac arrest drops 10% for every minute it takes first responders to arrive. CPR administered by bystanders has been found to significantly increase the likelihood of survival, but not everyone feels comfortable doing it, or even knows how.

The Importance of Taking Immediate Action, Critical Minutes Outside 10 Minutes Outside the Los Angeles Airport

VANCOUVER ACTOR SONJA Bennett has prepared for a lot of roles over the years, but she admits that she wasn’t ready for one she took on in a harrowing real-life drama.

On March 18, Bennett had just gotten off a plane in Los Angeles with a long-time friend and collaborator, local film producer Kevin Eastwood. (Author’s note: Eastwood is my brother-in-law.) The two were headed to meetings for a movie script she has written called Preggoland. After taking a shuttle from the airport to the nearby car-rental hub, they had just started walking from one kiosk to another when things took a drastic turn.

“Kevin clutched his heart and took two sharp inhalations and then just fell forward onto the cement,” Bennett says during an interview in a Commercial Drive coffee shop. “I didn’t spend very long asking, ‘Are you okay?’ Once he didn’t respond, I called 911 right away.”

The Janet Fund, Remembering Warren Girl, to Donate AEDs to NJ Schools

This month, in recognition of National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month and in support of Janet’s Law, The Janet Fund in Martinsville — started by the Zilinski family of Warren in memory of their daughter — will be donating 20 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to New Jersey schools.

Janet’s Law was signed by Governor Christie on September 21, 2012. The law goes into effect on September 1, 2014 and requires all New Jersey public and private schools to have an AED available in an unlocked, accessible location within close proximity to the gymnasium or athletic field, five trained responders, signs providing direction to the location of the AED and the establishment of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest emergency action plan.

Heart attack victim Gallacher plans defibrillator campaign

By Tony Jimenez

LONDON (Reuters) - Former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher wants more defibrillators available on British golf courses after suffering a heart attack while on an engagement in his native Scotland in August.

The 64-year-old is now on the road to recovery and making plans to lead a campaign for defibrillators to be widely available at courses.

"While undertaking an engagement for a corporate client in Aberdeen, Bernard was taken ill and spent 15 days under the excellent care of medical staff in Aberdeen, seven days of which were in intensive care," his management team said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Bernard went into cardiac arrest on three occasions. Thanks to the composed and quick thinking of staff and guests at the engagement, as well as quick access to a defibrillator, Bernard is on his way to a full recovery with no long term effects expected.

Dick Cheney reveals heart defibrillator was altered to thwart terrorist hacks

Former US vice-president Dick Cheney has revealed that his heart implant was altered to prevent terrorists from hacking into it.

Mr Cheney, who was former president George W Bush's right-hand man in the "war on terror," has had a long history of heart troubles.

Prior to his heart transplant nearly two years ago, Mr Cheney underwent a series of life-saving procedures, including an implanted defibrillator.

But his doctor, cardiologist Jonathan Reiner, had the device's wireless function disabled when it was replaced in 2007 so that terrorists could not trigger a fatal shock to his heart.

"I was aware of the danger... that existed... I found it credible," Mr Cheney told CBS television.

"I know from the experience we had and the necessity for adjusting my own device, that it was an accurate portrayal of what was possible."

Israeli develops a "watch" that can potentially stop heart attack deaths


It looks like a watch, but it's a sophisticated blood-oxygen heart-rate monitor
From ISRAEL21c

About half of all people at risk of death from heart attacks could gain the chance to live, once Israeli entrepreneur Leon Eisen’s new Oxitone device goes to market in about 18 months.

Using two optical sensors, and another special high-tech tool, he’s developed the world’s first “watch” that can just about tell when your time may be up.

It’s no joke: Oxitone was developed to cheat fate.

Eisen tells ISRAEL21c that about half of the people who die from cardiac or pulmonary arrest would be alive if someone had been there to get them to the hospital in time. Oxitone is made to be worn on the wrist to provide a heads-up for someone to get medical assistance on their own, before it’s too late.

Parkview Heart Institute has first subcutaneous implantable defibrillator in Indiana

Parkview Heart Institute announced it was the first hospital in Indiana to implant the new Boston Scientific S-ICD® System, the world's first and only commercially available subcutaneous implantable defibrillator.
The recently FDA-approved device establishes a new category of protection for patients at risk of sudden cardiac arrest. Parkview Heart Institute is the only site currently performing this procedure in the state because the Parkview Research Center was the only Indiana research facility approved to participate in the clinical research trials.
Drs. Michael J. Mirro and David E. Schleinkofer, both with Parkview Physicians Group – Cardiology, performed the procedure.

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