November 16, 2014 |
A 14-year-old girl had two light-headed spells at school and "nearly fainted. " The incident quickly brought her to the attention of the school nurse, who noted that her heart rate was high at 112 beats per minute. The girl admitted that she had sensed her heart beating quickly over the last few months. Before eighth grade, she had been an A student in honors classes. But this year her grades fell considerably, with mostly Cs. She was playing field hockey but opted to pull herself off the field because she felt short of breath.
October 27, 2014 |
Heart failure is characterized by a heart muscle that is weak, stretched out, and flabby, and therefore unable to pump enough blood. Patients with advanced disease have trouble walking more than a few steps without gasping for breath. A new cuff-like device is designed to help patients by doing some of the pumping for them. The cuff is wrapped around the ascending aorta, and it contains a plastic balloon that squeezes in time with the patient's heartbeat, apparently providing relief to some patients in a small study published this month.
September 28, 2014 |
A Delaware hospital system cut the use of heart-monitoring technology by 70 percent without compromising patient safety by changing the electronic ordering system to reflect cardiac-care guidelines. The study by the Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, safely reduced the daily number of patients monitored with cardiac telemetry from 357 to 109, a hefty saving of $13,200 a day. "It is remarkable to achieve such a substantial reduction in the use of this resource without significantly increased adverse outcomes," University of California-San Francisco physician Nader Najafi wrote in an accompanying commentary.
January 23, 2014 |
WEST CHESTER A Chester County Court jury has awarded $32.8 million to a 4-year-old girl, concluding that she suffered brain damage at birth because nurses at Phoenixville Hospital failed to alert doctors about changes in her condition. After a two-week trial, the jury on Friday found two nurses were negligent when they waited 13 minutes to tell doctors that Lilly Ciechoski's heart rate had dropped, the family's lawyer said. The same jury found that a third nurse and the hospital were not to blame for the girl's injuries.
January 20, 2014 |
Peter Goldstein has always been freaked out by needles and blood. When he was about five, his mother, physician Susan Wiegers, had a small biopsy done. Goldstein and his brother asked to see the wound. "It was a tiny line with two stitches," she recalled. Goldstein's brother was fascinated. But Goldstein turned away. "I don't feel so good," he said. Then he keeled over. Since then, Goldstein has passed out, or come close to it, every time he has had a close encounter with a syringe or an intravenous line.
January 13, 2014 |
LAS VEGAS - Miniature toy drones that can fly and crawl across the ceiling but steer clear of stratospheric prices. Wearable fitness sensors that can track your steps, stairs, calorie use, even your heart rate and sleep patterns. Three-dimensional printers for under $1,000 that can bring your creation to life. Every January during the Consumer Electronics Show, Sin City briefly turns into a technologist's imaginarium - a place to show off innovations, make connections, and catch a glimpse of everybody else's dreams.
December 8, 2013 |
Auggie, a 11/2-year-old male Jack Russell terrier, presented to our clinic with muscle tremors. The owners first noticed the tremors the previous evening, when the dog appeared to have tripped on the stairs. Fine muscle tremors, primarily in the buttocks, were apparent on physical exam. The neutered dog showed no pain upon palpation of his spine and manipulation of his neck and limbs but seemed somewhat stiff. He was well hydrated and pulse was normal. "This is the calmest Jack Russell I've ever seen," I said several times, perhaps ominously.
July 26, 2013
1Google Glass Now in beta-test mode, this geeky blend of eye glasses and "heads up" monitor/camera/computer could be the biggest thing in wearable tech since the Walkman. 2Recon Jet From the pioneer in sports-minded heads-up displays, these new, high-tech sunglasses ($499) wirelessly connect to third-party devices to show critical info, including heart rate, cadence and power output. With built-in HD camera! 3iWatch Apple's recent poaching of talent and the spotting of execs wearing sports/activity sensors (FuelBand, Jawbone Up)
April 18, 2013
A step stool can add value to your workout. The good news: you probably already own one. If you don't, they are inexpensive and easy to find at supermarkets, hardware stores and even pharmacies. The simple step-up, step-down movement is just what you need to up the intensity of your cardiovascular workout. Do this for 5 minutes and your heart rate will soar. It's all good, whether your workout is 5 minutes or 55. Once you feel comfortable with the basic move, you can graduate to more complex ones.
February 26, 2013 |
Nina Kash is living a life that wasn't possible 40 years ago. The 18-year-old from Malvern was born with a single ventricle heart defect, once a fatal condition. Only one of her heart's two biggest chambers was strong enough to pump effectively. Despite that, Kash is an enthusiastic freshman studying education at Penn State Brandywine. She drives her own car, works at Target during school breaks, volunteers at the Malvern Public Library, and shows a passion for shopping that cannot be denied.