72,000 Cases of Public Defibrillators Failing in Past Decade, FDA Says

January 28, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Automated external defibrillators — the kind that are installed and ready for use in many public spaces — can save lives when needed.
But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that since 2005, it has also received 72,000 reports of the devices failing.
The agency said that, based […]


Neck Artery Stents May Not Be Worthwhile in ‘Real World’ Setting

January 14, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Placing stents in the neck arteries, to prop them open and help prevent strokes, may be too risky for older, sicker patients, a new study suggests.
In fact, almost a third of Medicare patients who had stents placed in their neck (carotid) arteries died during an […]


FDA OKs New Anti-Clotting Drug for Heart Rhythm Disorder

January 9, 2015

FRIDAY, Jan. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new anti-clotting drug to reduce the risk of dangerous blood clots and strokes in people with a type of heart rhythm disorder has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Savaysa (edoxaban) is approved to treat people with atrial fibrillation that’s not caused by a heart […]


Stent Treatment May Lower Stroke Disability

December 17, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Using a stent to capture and remove a stroke-causing blood clot is safe and improves recovery, Dutch researchers report.
About one-third of patients who had the procedure — called intraarterial treatment — recovered from their stroke with only slight disability and were able to care […]


Fear of Police Keeps Many Hispanics From Calling 911, Study Says

December 12, 2014

FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Distrust of police prevents many Hispanic Americans from calling 911 when someone is suffering cardiac arrest, a new study reveals.
“Residents of low-income, minority neighborhoods have two strikes against them: The incidence of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is much higher than average and rates of bystander CPR are below average,” […]


Time Spent in the OR May Be Linked to Blood Clots, Study Shows

December 3, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Longer surgery times may increase a patient’s risk of dangerous blood clots, a new study suggests.
Blood clots are associated with more than 500,000 hospitalizations and 100,000 deaths a year, according to background information in the study.
Researchers analyzed data from more than 1.4 million people who had surgery under […]


More Advanced Emergency Care May Be Worse for Cardiac Arrest Victims: Study

November 24, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Nov. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Advanced life support given by paramedics to cardiac arrest victims may cost lives rather than save them, researchers report.
The best treatment might just be good CPR given by paramedics or emergency medical technicians and getting the patient to the hospital as fast as possible, the […]


Some Painkillers Tied to Bleeding Risk in Those With Abnormal Heartbeat

November 17, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People with the abnormal heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation who take common painkillers might significantly increase their risk for bleeding and blood clots, according to a new study.
That risk was even higher among patients who took a blood thinner along with one of these nonsteroidal […]


ER Visits for Common Irregular Heartbeat Are Rising, Study Finds

November 16, 2014

SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — There’s been a steep increase in the number of Americans seeking emergency care for the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation, a new study finds.
Atrial fibrillation is the most common kind of irregular heartbeat and can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related problems, experts say.
In […]


CPR Phone Guidance Boosts Cardiac Arrest Survival, Study Says

November 15, 2014

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
SATURDAY, Nov. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Talking bystanders through CPR methods for a cardiac emergency during a 911 call can significantly boost survival rates, a new study suggests.
State researchers in Arizona examined the aggressive use of so-called pre-arrival telephone CPR guidelines — step-by-step dispatcher instructions on administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation before […]



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