Posts Tagged ‘heart attack’

Remote Ischemic Preconditioning in Cardiac Surgery

Posted by • October 7th, 2015

In a lab at Duke University in 1986, scientists conducted an experiment comparing two different ways to give a dog a heart attack. The investigators cut off the blood flow of the circumflex artery for 40 minutes in 12 dogs. For 7 of those dogs, they first initiated a “preconditioning” protocol that consisted of four 5-minute… Read More…

Medicine in the Air – A Report on In-Flight Emergencies

Posted by • May 29th, 2013

On a recent flight back to Boston, the woman sitting next to me began to have a panic attack about half an hour before we landed. “Can’t deal with turbulence,” she whimpered, grasping my arm.   She closed her eyes and began to mumble a prayer. “It’ll be okay,” I said, trying to talk her down,… Read More…