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2013-05-08 11:41:07

Arrhythmias gone in majority of children, says study to be reported at 93rd AATS Annual Meeting Inherited ventricular arrhythmias are an important cause of morbidity and sudden cardiac death in children who have structurally normal hearts. Despite conventional medical therapy, some of these children remain symptomatic with recurrent life-threatening arrhythmias, syncope, or frequent discharges from implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). Video-assisted thoracoscopic left cardiac...

2013-05-02 23:22:03

AED.com is featuring its blog, The Pulse, to spread awareness about cardiac arrest and the benefits of automated external defibrillators or AEDs. The blog discusses topics ranging from what kinds of places should implement AEDs and proper AED maintenance, to highlighting real life stories of people that have been saved from cardiac arrest and the heroes that saved them. Brentwood, TN (PRWEB) May 02, 2013 In an effort to raise awareness about the threat of cardiac arrest and how to save...

2013-05-02 23:19:52

Technology is designed for cardiac lead extraction for people with pacemakers and implanted cardiac devices Colorado Springs, CO (PRWEB) May 02, 2013 May 8 through 11, Heart Rhythm 2013, the Heart Rhythm Society's 34th Annual Scientific Session, convenes in Denver, bringing together more than 8,000 attendees and the world's most noted experts in cardiac rhythm management. The Spectranetics Corporation (NASDAQ: SPNC), headquartered in Colorado Springs, will have a major presence to showcase...

2013-03-29 23:03:37

FDA regulations may cause AED manufactures to undergo more stringent premarket approval processes due to reported failures and recalls. AED.com suggests program to ensure AED readiness. Brentwood, TN (PRWEB) March 29, 2013 The FDA proposed that the seven manufacturers of AEDs or automated external defibrillators need more stringent pre-market approval processes for any AED they manufacture. This proposal does not entertain the idea of mass recalls of automated external defibrillators. Dr....

Defibrillator Danger: FDA Recommends New Safety, Efficiency Regulations
2013-03-25 13:30:07

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Although they have been credited with saving thousands of lives, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended new regulations for automated external defibrillators (AED), including the requirement that the devices must meet federal approval before hitting the market. "[The] FDA is not questioning the clinical utility of AEDs," said FDA spokesman Dr. William Maisel in a statement on Friday. "These devices are critically...

2013-03-23 23:01:58

Consumer Lawyer Kendall Almerico comments on a New York Times report that the FDA has sent a strong warning letter to medical device manufacturer St. Jude Medical in which the governmental agency threatened to fine or take other punitive actions against the company for failing to address safety concerns about a widely used heart device component, the Durata defibrillator lead. Almerico notes that a malfunctioning Durata lead, a component that connects an implanted defibrillator to a...

2013-03-20 23:02:00

As hospitals work to monitor and reduce cardiac overutilization, peer review professionals are increasingly called upon to evaluate the medical necessity of procedures which are not always subjected to traditional utilization review. Portland, OR (PRWEB) March 20, 2013 In a recent webinar hosted by AllMed Healthcare Management, Dr. Christopher Bonnet reviewed ACC and AHA Class I and Class IIa recommendations for cardiac pacemakers and antiarrhythmia devices. Once considered a treatment of...

2013-03-12 10:06:05

American Heart Association Scientific Advisory Policy and practice changes by healthcare institutions, providers and others could greatly improve medical care and improve survival for people who have a sudden cardiac arrest in the hospital, according to an American Heart Association consensus statement in its journal, Circulation. Each year, more than 200,000 adults and 6,000 children have in-hospital cardiac arrests, and survival has remained essentially unchanged for decades,...

Hybrid, Electric Vehicles Do Not Affect Implanted Cardiac Devices
2013-03-11 05:18:24

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Good news for those who require implanted cardiac devices to lower the risk of sudden death from heart attacks but still want to help out the environment when they´re behind the wheel of an automobile — driving a hybrid or electric car will not adversely affect a person´s cardiac implant. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona report that they have discovered no evidence suggesting that hybrid or full-electric...

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Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
2013-04-30 13:21:44

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, commonly known as CPR, is an emergency procedure performed in an effort to preserve brain function and manually pump blood through to the body’s vital organs, until further measures are taken to restore spontaneous circulation. CPR is indicated in cardiac arrest patients, but may also be performed on patients with an unresponsive presentation or those experiencing agonal breaths or severe and prolonged arrhythmias such as bradycardia or tachycardia. The first...

Precordial Thump
2012-12-31 12:53:08

The precordial thump is an application of mechanical energy through a calculated strike to the torso when in a specific fatal heart rhythm. This procedure is used in very specific circumstances by highly trained health professionals with ACLS certifications. The Procedure While in the presence of a patient that is suffering a potentially fatal heart rhythm, a medical provider can strike a calculated point on the sternum to disrupt that rhythm. The energy transferred by the provider is...

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