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Skipping breakfast increases the risk of heart attack among middle-aged men by more than a quarter, a study has found.

The evidence suggests the old adage about breakfast being the most important meal of the day might be right.

Researchers in the US analysed diet and lifestyle data on 26,902 male health professionals aged 45 and over.

Over a period of 16 years, men who regularly skipped breakfast had a 27% greater risk of having a heart attack or dying from heart disease than those who did not.

The same men were more likely to smoke, drink more alcohol, be unmarried and to be less physically active.

However, these factors and others, such as body weight, medical history and overall diet quality, were taken into account by the scientists.

L.A. Fire Department is asked to broaden its tech reach.

Councilman Mike Bonin seeks to expand the overhaul of the aging systems that have contributed to longer 911 response times. He suggests tablet computers, such as iPads, for firefighters in the field. With the aim of improving 911 response times, a new Los Angeles city councilman is pushing for a far-reaching plan to expand the Fire Department's overhaul of its aging technology systems. Mike Bonin has asked the LAFD and city technology officials to develop a "master plan" to better coordinate a series of upgrades being made to the department's dispatching and data systems. Among other things, he wants city officials to work with private-sector experts to explore creating new applications that firefighters can use on tablet computers, such as Apple's popular iPad.

With the advent of modern technology in the hands of our emergency personnel, we can be assured that lifesaving measures such as AED application and early CPR will be utilized in the quickest manner.

James Gandolfini Death Could Have Been Prevented If Hotel Had AED Says UCLA Cardiologist

ALLENTOWN, Pa., July 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- American Med Supply advises all travelers to book a hotel equipped with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) since James Gandolfini's recent death could have been prevented if his hotel had an AED according to a UCLA cardiologist.
"James Gandolfini absolutely may have survived if hotel personnel had used an AED when they found him," said Dr. Matthew Budoff, an associate professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA and a renowned cardiologist, during an interview with the National Enquirer.

'OK Glass, Save A Life.' The Application Of Google Glass In Sudden Cardiac Death

Google GOOG +0.79% Glass has made its way into healthcare. Its use in the operating room and in medical education has been profiled here. Yet the magic of Glass will be found in the applications that can make this “technology” into real-world solutions for health and medicine. It’s a bit like the smart phone and how its realization is a function of the countless app that bring the device to life.

Christian Assad, MD has taken the next step with Glass and developing a practical app that can turn Glass into a real life-saver. He recently profiles this application on his blog and I believe it’s an important turn of events that showcase just how technology can be applied to medicine and public health issues. Here’s how it presents the concept in his blog–Google Glass and augmented CPR.


1) Person walking, witnesses someone passing out (syncope)
2) Individual says “OK GLASS, CPRGLASS”

Nurse volunteers spread awareness about sudden cardiac arrest

Every time Jenny Keylon, RN, BSN, teaches students how to perform CPR and use an AED, she watches them conquer their fears about saving lives. As a volunteer with the Nick of Time Foundation in Mill Creek, Wash., she regularly demonstrates these basic lifesaving skills to students.

Keylon, an electrophysiology nurse at Seattle Children’s Hospital, is one of about 100 RNs — along with physicians, allied health professionals and community members — whose volunteer efforts with the foundation are helping prevent sudden cardiac arrest in youth across the state. The nonprofit foundation aims to educate schools, athletes, families and communities about which steps to take if someone goes into SCA.

Former President Ford's Daughter, Susan Ford Bales, Discusses her Sudden Cardiac Arrest and the Importance of Public Awareness

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Susan Ford Bales was 53 and had no idea that she had heart disease, when one day she went into sudden cardiac arrest while exercising on an elliptical machine.

“I was extremely lucky,” said Bales, who spoke Tuesday, June 4, at the American Heart Association’s Heart Ball at the JW Marriott. “I was in the gym, and the top thoracic surgeon in Tulsa was walking up the steps, and so he shocked me back.”

After she was revived with an automated electronic defibrillator, Bales received a heart stent and a pacemaker.

Bales, the daughter of former President Gerald R. Ford, touched on her cardiac arrest in 2010 and her family’s history of heart disease in her talk at the association gala, which raises funds for research, community programs and education.

Speaking about her own health is a change of pace for Bales, who frequently promotes her mother, Betty Ford’s medical causes: breast cancer and substance abuse treatment.

New Jersey law considered to report sudden cardiac incidents to the state

Legislation that would require incidents of sudden heart attacks in student athletes to be reported to the state has passed a state Senate committee and could go to a full Senate vote by the end of June.

The bill (S1911), known as the “Children’s Sudden Cardiac Events Reporting Act,” would require health professionals, who diagnose the condition or determine death was caused by sudden cardiac arrest, report the event to the state Department of Health and Senior Services.

The legislation, which passed the Senate health committee Monday by a unanimous vote, also establishes a data base that includes all records of sudden cardiac events.

Sen. Fred Madden (D-4, of Washington Township) sponsored the bill which was crafted from recommendations by the Student Athlete Cardiac Screening Task Force, which he established last year.

HeartRescue Simulation Lets You Save a Life

The HeartRescue Project, an effort by the Medtronic Foundation to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest, has made an interactive simulation that lets you actually try and save a person’s life.

When you go to the site, you have two options: you can save a life at the mall, or you can save a life at a gym with NBA player, Ricky Rubio.

What I found so informative about this is that rather than just an instructional video, you actually have to make the choices to see what happens. For example, in the gym simulation, while you are working out you see a man just fall over on the other side of the room. Now you have two choices: go over and see what’s wrong, or continue your workout. This choice should be pretty obvious, but when you get over to him you have to make the choice to call 911 or to look for help.

Michigan schools adopt a cardiac response policy

UNDATED (WHTC) -- The Michigan House passed legislation on Wednesday that would require schools to implement a cardiac emergency response plan. Schools that have an automated external defibrillator on premises would be required to have a cardiac response training drill in place of one of the eight annual fire drills now required by law. Jocelyn Leonard, the mother of Wes Leonard, who died after experiencing sudden cardiac arrest was at the Capitol today along with Rep Bob Genetski. The school cardiac emergency plan must include that students in grades nine through twelve be trained in the use of an AED machine and how to perform CPR. The legislation now moves to the house for consideration.

Story by: Diane E Coston

High schools will soon provide students training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and an automated defibrillator

JONESBORO — High schools soon will have to provide students training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator.

Senate Bill 212 requires that training for ninth through 12th grade students be part of schools’ existing health and physical education courses. The bill passed Georgia’s House and Senate by overwhelming majorities in March, and it will go into effect July 1.

Sen. Valencia Seay (D-Riverdale) co-sponsored the bipartisan legislation with its author Sen. Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga) and four other state senators.

“We understand the importance of health care and education,” said Seay.

She said she has promoted advancing education on life-saving skills for the past decade, since she survived her own life-threatening ordeal.

“I was actually mowing the lawn in April 2003,” she said. “I was short of breath and feeling not-my-usual-self. I didn’t know really know what was going on.”

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