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  1. Real CPR Isn't Everything It Seems to Be

    May 14, 2001 -- Hospital dramas like ER, Gideon's Crossing, and Chicago Hope do a lot to make viewers aware of what happens during an emergency situation. However, these shows may be contributing to unrealistic expectations of what cardiopulmonary resuscitation, commonly known as CPR, can do -- by i

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  2. Shock First, Ask Questions Later

    May 3, 2001 (Boston) -- The next time you hear a cop say "you're under arrest," he may be helping someone get to the hospital rather than to jail. Because they're often first on the scene of an emergency, equipping police with life-saving portable defibrillators has the potential to double the chanc

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  3. Medication Shows Promise for Treating Severe Heart Failure

    Sept. 11, 2000 (Boca Raton, Fla.) -- Results from a large study of the heart medication carvedilol are encouraging for patients suffering from severe heart failure. In the study, heart failure patients who were treated with carvedilol had a 35% lower risk of dying from their illness compared to pati

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  4. Permanent Heart Pump Implant Gives Man Second Chance

    Sept. 8, 2000 -- Six-weeks after having a Jarvik 2000 battery-operated heart pump implanted, a 61-year-old man with advanced heart failure is walking and sleeping like a new man, says a team of surgeons and cardiologists. The man, the first patient to receive a permanent implant of the new Jarvik he

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  5. Exercise-Supplement Combo May Help a Failing Heart

    March 1, 2000 (Minneapolis) -- In a new study, researchers say that people with heart failure might benefit from a combination of exercise and the dietary supplement arginine to improve blood flow to the heart and the rest of the body. But other heart experts warn that the findings are inconclusive.

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  6. Defibrillators and Sudden Cardiac Arrest

    Oct. 18, 1999 (Atlanta) -- Every year more than 350,000 people suddenly go into cardiac arrest, making heart failure the leading cause of death in the western world. It can happen in any stadium or any airport -- or anywhere -- and if there's an automatic defibrillator nearby, even a sixth grader co

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  7. Defibrillators May Become as Common to Public Places as Fire Extinguishers

    Oct. 13, 1999 (New York) -- Patients who collapse suddenly and go into cardiac arrest are benefiting from semiautomatic defibrillators. The defibrillators, which are increasingly being put in public places, have the capacity to detect abnormal heart rhythms and shock the heart back into action, acco

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  8. Bacteria Linked to Sudden Death in Young Hockey Players

    Sept. 30, 1999 (Indianapolis) -- Swedish researchers have found a link between the sudden cardiac death suffered by two hockey players and a type of bacteria that has never before been detected in humans. The two men were found to have an inflammation of the heart that is associated with sudden unex

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