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The Wise County Messenger recently featured a front-page story about aquapheresis, a life-saving technology available at Wise Regional Health System. Aquapheresis safely treats fluid overload, a condition that results from heart failure, liver cirrhosis, hypertension and certain kidney diseases. Aquapheresis therapy gradually removes an average of eight ounces of water per hour, so patient’s heart rate and blood pressure are not significantly affected. The gradual reduction in excess body fluids lowers the time it takes to treat heart failure patients.
Source: Wise County Messenger
A stroke attacks 15 million people worldwide each year, and claims a life every 6 seconds.
The World Stroke Campaign provides life-saving information that can prevent a stroke. The campaign also provides support for stroke survivors, families, and healthcare professionals involved in stroke treatment, management and rehabilitation.
Here are some facts:
Stroke can be prevented.
Stroke can be treated.
Stroke can be managed in the long-term.
1 in 6 people will have a stroke in their lifetime.
Every 6 seconds stroke kills someone.
Every other second stroke attacks a person, regardless of age or gender.
15 million people experience a stroke each year, 6 million of them do not survive.
About 30 million people have had a stroke – most have residual disabilities
For more information, visit the World Stroke Campaign website.
Photo: Pictured are Patrick Arnold, his son, Judson, and his wife, Brandi, with members of the team that saved his life: paramedic Brandon Sutter, Dr. Chris McGee, Dr. Jason Finkelstein and Charley Green. “These guys made this all possible,” Patrick said.
As Patrick and Brandi Arnold eagerly awaited the birth of their first child, Patrick had been complaining of chest pains for over a week. Patrick assumed the chest pains were related to anxiety about work and the upcoming birth of their son. Suddenly, four days before the birth of their son, Patrick suffered a full cardiac arrest.
Wise County EMS paramedics arrived in minutes, applying CPR and using a defibrillator to resuscitate Patrick. In the ambulance, paramedics applied hypothermia treatment, in which cooling blankets are used to lower the core body temperature to 32 degrees Celsius. The cold prevents damage to the brain that can result after blood flow is restored. His treatment continued for the next 48 hours at Wise Regional Health System. Dr. Jason Finkelstein, an interventional cardiologist, inserted two stents to restore blood flow to Patrick’s heart after discovering 100 percent blockage in one of his arteries.
Patrick remained unconscious and on a ventilator for days. Meanwhile, his wife Brandi gave birth to a healthy baby boy, in a delivery room just one floor below his own. About a day after the birth of their son, Patrick began to regain consciousness.
Not long afterwards, Patrick was reunited with Brandi, and their new baby boy named Judson. Patrick was weak and worried about holding their baby alone. But he took his son in his arms, looked down at him and said his name. The seamless transition of care from the paramedics to the treatment at Wise Regional Health System is credited with saving Patrick’s life.
Source: Star Telegram.
Photo: Pictured are Adam North (Slidell Fire Chief), Lacretia Miles (Director, Cardiac Cath Lab at Wise Regional), and Sam Hahn (Alvord Fire Chief).
Wise Regional Health System is proud to announce the donation of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to both the Alvord and Slidell Fire Departments.
According to the Heart Rhythm Society, more than 325,000 deaths occur each year as a result of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). In fact, SCA claims one life every two minutes, taking more lives each year than breast cancer, lung cancer or AIDS.
In SCA, the heart abruptly and unexpectedly ceases to function (cardiac arrest). It is an “electrical problem” caused by a heart rhythm disorder called Ventricular Fibrillation (VF). In SCA, the heart is no longer able to pump blood to the rest of the body.
AEDs are portable life-saving devices that delivers an electrical charge to a patient who is experiencing a life-threatening, abnormal heart rhythm or sudden cardiac arrest. The device automatically diagnoses the heart rhythm and determines if a shock is needed. The pre-set electrical charge will only be administered by the device if a fatal arrhythmia is detected.
“A sudden cardiac arrest can happen anywhere at any time. At a football game, at the grocery store- it is imperative that our first responders in the community have access to these life-saving devices,” said Lacretia Miles, Director of Cardiovascular Services, Wise Regional.
The Alvord Fire Department also reported that in less than a few days after receiving the device it was needed for a patient experiencing SCA. Wise Regional donated a similar advice to the Paradise Fire Department last year.
The Fit-N-Wise Sports Medicine Team at Wise Regional was the official Medical Provider for The Jailbreak Mud Run on Saturday, September 22 in Roanoke, TX. The premiere Dallas/Fort Worth adventure run covered 3.1 miles over 16-20 muddy and wet obstacles. Event organizers expected an attendance of more than 4,000 participants. Fit-N-Wise Physical Therapists tended to minor cuts, sprains and strains and in conjunction with local EMS personnel.
The event was a great opportunity for Fit-N-Wise to interact with a regional audience and showcase its talents in working with athletes in a challenging and fun environment.
Over 50 people participated in the 2012 Clay Shoot held at the Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds in Slidell. The event featured awards, door prizes, and raffle for a Weatherby rifle, and a catered lunch. Fantastic weather, great facilities, and a large turnout made this year’s event a great success.
The Clay Shoot raises funds for the Wise Regional Health Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises funds on behalf of Wise Regional Health System. Proceeds are used for needed improvements such as the purchase of new medical equipment and the renovation of facilities.