An eleven-year-old at a swimming lesson was recently saved by class lifeguards, who noticed the boy had fallen unconscious and rescued him from the water. Cade Ewington had suffered cardiac arrest, leaving him face down in the water. After being pulled to safety, paramedics had difficulty restarting his heart and Cade actually didn’t take a breath for 25 minutes — meaning he was medically dead.
It turns out that Cade had a very rare heart rhythm condition known as Long QT, which causes difficulty with the electrical activity of the heart. His heart went into a sporadic rhythm called ventricular fibrillation, meaning that his heart was not able to pump blood. Luckily, Cade was revived and suffered no brain damage after the trauma despite being unresponsive for so long. Doctors attributed a lot of Cade’s luck to the immediate care provided by the lifeguards. If they hadn’t been so well trained in CPR, Cade may have had permanent issues following the accident. Instead, he was fitted for an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), which will restart his heart if he suffers another cardiac arrest.
The ICD is battery-powered and keeps track of a person’s heart rate – if an abnormal heart rhythm is detected, the device will deliver an electric shock to restore it to normal. Batteries in the device will need to be changed every eight years, and it sends results to the hospital each night. In truth, it was only a matter of time until Cade suffered cardiac arrest due to his condition — now that he is diagnosed and fitted with an ICD he is much safer.
For more on Cade’s story, read the full article at Daily Mail.
Often as we enter a customer’s office we are greeted with a story of how a skill we taught them was put into practice to save a life.
This is what happened when one of our instructors showed up to Dr. Cyril Evian’s office to provide CPR training recently. Dr. Evian relayed that just a couple of weeks prior he walked into a local restaurant for lunch. Right away he recognized that a patron was having difficulty breathing and in fact was beginning to turn blue. Another gentleman was attempting to help but Dr. Evian could clearly see that what was being tried was not working. Dr. Evian coolly stepped forward and said he could help. Establishing that the victim was indeed choking, Dr. Evian performed a couple of abdominal thrusts and out came a piece of poorly chewed meat. The man began to breathe normally again and Dr. Evian walked out of the restaurant with the satisfaction that he had just saved a life!
“I was amazed at how calmly I acted and without hesitation,” Dr. Evian said. “I was clearly trained well,” he added with a smile.
Dr. Cyril I. Evian DMD is a world-renowned Periodontist, Implant and TM Joint specialist. His illustrious career began in 1971 with a goal to enhance his education with the brightest minds in dentistry to become the finest periodontist in his field. He remains an influential teacher who strives to improve the health and welfare of patients.
New data from the Journal of the American Heart Association shows that men could be at a much higher risk than women for death due to sudden cardiac arrest. The study found that one in nine men face this type of death, while women’s risk is closer to one in 30.
“These numbers should raise a red flag,” said Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM, chair of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in a press release. “We often screen for conditions … that are much less deadly. For instance, the lifetime risk for colon cancer is about one in 21 … [but] by comparison, the lifetime risk of sudden cardiac death for men is one in nine, and yet we’re not really screening for it. … Our paper sets the stage for thinking about how we can screen the population effectively to find out who’s at risk.”
The study surveyed 5,209 participants aged 28 to 62 years without cardiovascular disease. There were 2,294 men and 2,915 women in the group. Researchers evaluated four risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease. These include:
The participants were also separated by age group. Of the participants, 375 died of sudden cardiac arrest. The majority of which died before age 70, suggesting that these deaths could possibly have been prevented. For more information on this study, read the article here.
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