November 16, 2010 |
Automated external defibrillators, which allow a layman to shock a person back to life after a heart attack, can nearly double the chances of survival for heart attacks suffered in airports, casinos and other places where there are bystanders able to help. But in hospitals, it's a different story, researchers said Monday. There, the devices — which have become widely used in recent years — not only provide little benefit but actually increase the risk of patients dying, a team of investigators reported at a Chicago meeting of the American Heart Assn.
March 4, 2011 |
Ninety-six minutes of CPR. It's hard to comprehend, both for those who know cardiopulmonary resuscitation and those who don't. And yet, it saved Howard Snitzer's life. The Goodhue, Minn., resident had gone to buy groceries when he collapsed from a massive heart attack. And that's when townspeople went into action. Of course, someone called 911. But more than 20 people, according to media reports, lined up and gave him CPR. ABC News picks up the story here: "When the paramedics arrived via helicopter, they witnessed an astonishing scene.
October 18, 2010
For those of you inclined to administer CPR to someone in need, but put off by the idea of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, here's more affirmation that you can can help with chest compressions alone: The American Heart Assn.'s new guidelines, released Monday, say that laypeople should be encouraged to do “Hands-Only CPR.” A study published online Friday in Lancet concludes that patients treated with chest compressions alone were more likely to survive than patients who received standard cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
October 18, 2008 |
"Stayin' Alive" might be more true to its name than the Bee Gees ever could have guessed: At 103 beats per minute, the old disco song has almost the perfect rhythm to help jump-start a heart. In a small study from the University of Illinois medical school, doctors and students doing CPR maintained nearly the ideal pace of chest compressions while listening to the catchy, sung-in-falsetto tune from the 1977 movie "Saturday Night Fever."
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August 25, 2012 |
As I begin this column, it is Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 22. I have been alive 20,873 days, if my math is correct, and I hope to add to the tally. But the knees I was born with will not be joining me for the rest of the trip. The clock ticks. The surgeon scrubs. An editor tells me this is a good thing. After a string of columns on end-of-life issues, I'll have another way to write about the senior experience, he says. I'm not a senior citizen, I tell him. If you've got an AARP card, he says, (I thought it would be good for discounts)
April 27, 1993 |
Stac Electronics is a Carlsbad, Calif., software company with a clever product called Stacker that, by compressing data two for one, lets you stuff twice as much of it onto the hard drive in your personal computer. Stacker is well-known. Less well known is the company's ability to compress the value of your investment. If you bought Stac when it went public less than a year ago, you paid $12 a share. If you still have it, it's worth about $3. That's a compression ratio of 4 to 1. Amazing.