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A LIVING DEAD WOMAN

Melanie Baldwin was hanging a picture of her with Jeff of their Las Vegas home in the dining room then suddenly Melanie collapsed.

Without wasting time, Jeff called 911 and unlocked the front door for preparation of ambulance. He also closed the bedroom doors because of their four cats. Jeff had his CPR training and he also talked to the dispatcher while giving Melanie CPR.

Melanie had this disease from the day she was born. She also had five open-heart surgeries back in 2013 at the time of her cardiac arrest.

She was born with aortic stenosis disease. A normal person has three flaps but Melanie was born with two flaps and they were very thick and stiff instead of thin and flexible. The flap was so thick that she had only one pinhole through which the blood flow.

Not only that, her heart needed to pump harder which resulted in the enlargement of the heart. She also undergoes an operation at the age of seven.

Because of this condition, she was not able to play sports. When she was 19, doctor replaced her aortic valve with mechanical. She became pregnant at 25 and she developed a blood clot. After 26 weeks of pregnancy, she went for open-heart surgery.

The mechanical valve was then replaced with a pig valve. This means that no more blood thinners. After three months, she successfully gave birth to her daughter.

After a long time, the pig valve was then replaced with a titanium valve. Titanium valve proved to be very effective and they also placed a pacemaker to help her heart.

The rescue of Melanie proved to be dramatic. Her heart became unstable and then she was eight-time defibrillated before her heart got a stable rhythm. The operation took 45 minutes and doctors had no hope.

She spends 10 days in the hospital. Furthermore, doctors decreased her body temperature for a part-time to decrease brain damage. She breathes by the help of breathing tube inserted through her throat.

On the afternoon of 2016, the defibrillator saved her life. She received an implantable cardioverter defibrillator. It gives shocks to her heart to bring back into rhythm if needed.

Melanie’s sense of humor is one of the things that has helped her persevere.

“It’s the only thing I’ve got that they can’t take away from me,” she said. “My main point of view in this is the only thing you can control is your attitude.”

It is a message the 54-year-old delivers when sharing her story, something she’s done often for the American Heart Association.

Melanie has volunteered for the AHA by handing out T-shirts or walking in Heart Walks, going to its Heart Ball, speaking at Go Red for Women events and helping post pictures on social media.

“That’s why I give back because the Heart Association is doing so much research, and so much of what they’ve done has affected my life – pacemakers, heart valves and replacements and all that stuff,” she said. “It’s my little way of giving back.”

Source: https://www.heart.org/en/news/2019/04/24/woman-almost-declared-dead-no-stranger-to-heart-trouble

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Television Shows and Dramas Gives a Wrong Impact of CPR

When it comes to TV shows and dramas, we watch many fictional things such as zombies, talking animals, people having superpowers and other things. What we actually forget is that they are just a source of entertainment not reality.

These shows focus on a hero very much. Let’s imagine a doctor who was passing by and saw someone having a cardiac arrest. What they show is that the doctor gives him CPR and after that, he feels totally fine. Now the question arises is that should we also react the same way as shown in these dramas?

Dr. Howie Mell who is an emergency room physician in suburban Chicago and also been a paramedic as well as firefighter talked about these shows. He said, “Movies very rarely get it right. They need to create drama and tell a story in a succinct and cohesive manner. That doesn’t always lend itself to an accurate portrayal.”

“Popular culture can play a significant role in patient empowerment,” said Dr. Neil Shulman, humorist as well as the author and associate professor of medicine at Emory University in Atlanta.

These plays show how easy and effective is CPR but in reality, it is not the same. According to the research, people are most likely to have a cardiac arrest outside the hospital. CPR should be given immediately because the probability of survival is high if CPR is immediately given.

Mell said, “In the best circumstances, maybe one or two out of 10 are going to survive. But the public believes it’s 9 out of 10. Hollywood changes the perception.”

CPR Training

One thing is for sure is that to increase the saving rate, people should widespread CPR training. These TV dramas and shows can help by encouraging people for CPR training.

Mell said, “You are far better pushing on the chest of someone who doesn’t need it than standing around trying to decide if it’s necessary.”

In 2015 the American Heart Association included Hands-Only CPR in its guidelines to allow those who don’t know how to give “rescue breaths” — or are uncomfortable doing it — the option to provide only chest compressions until qualified help arrives. (For children, both chest compressions and rescue breaths are still recommended.)

Source: https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2019-02-15/aha-news-heart-stopping-drama-of-on-screen-cpr-doesnt-always-reflect-reality

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MRI CAN SAVE YOUNG PEOPLE FROM DEATH

In 2012, a 23 years old famous footballer name Fabrice Muamba almost died because of a heart condition.

Recent research shows that through MRI, doctors can check people with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. You never know that warning signs of a heart condition can be deadly but now it can be diagnosed.

The funny part is that people actually didn’t notice this disease until their death (caused by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy).

The reason why it couldn’t be diagnosed earlier because it requires extreme close examination of heart fibers. It could only examine when a patient was dead but not anymore.

Thanks to the researchers at Oxford University, they figured it out that MRI helps in spotting “disarray” in muscle fibers in the heart. This could be a tell-tale sign of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy condition.

‘This is the first time that we’ve been able to assess disarray non-invasively in living patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy,’ said Dr. Rina Ariga, who is an NHS cardiologist as well as a lead author of the research.

‘We’re hopeful that this new scan will improve the way we identify high-risk patients so that they can receive an implantable cardioverter defibrillator early to prevent sudden death.’

If the scan shows tell-tale disarray in someone’s heart muscle fibers then it will be easy to save that person. Doctors can put in a defibrillator which can save someone from cardiac arrest.

There is a probability that patients might live full, long lives without having knowledge that they have this condition.

Muamba collapsed during the game of FA Cup quarter-final match against Tottenham Hotspur. The reason was that he was in the condition for 41 minutes.

The medics came on time and instantly gave him CPR. Muamba needed 15 defibrillator shocks. Two of them were given on the pitch. It was a miracle that he came back from the dead after 78 minutes.

Muamba said, “The last thing I remember was [a defender] screaming at me to get back and help out in defense.”

“I just felt myself falling then I felt two thumps as my head hit the ground in front of me then that was it. Blackness, nothing. I was dead.”

Conclusion

In every week, almost 12 people (age below 35) die because of sudden cardiac arrest in the UK. The researchers of Oxford University found a way to diagnose the disease through MRI.

MRI sends magnetic resonance and creates a rough image of heart fibers. Through those images, doctors have high chance to easily detect the disease and take measurements before something goes wrong.

Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7049309/Breakthrough-scientists-spot-leading-cause-cardiac-arrest-young-people.html