Each year, more than a million Americans suffer from heart attacks.
Hundreds of thousands die before ever getting to a hospital, and many patients have no warning signs. But that could change. Correspondent Teri Okita shows us an on-going experimental trial that uses an implant to "page" heart patients when they've got a problem.
59-year-old Bruce Fisher had quintuple bypass surgery just a few weeks ago.
He's now back in the operating room, undergoing an experimental surgery that could prevent future heart attacks.
Using a wire, surgeons attach this implant about the size of a
pacemaker to fisher's heart. The device monitors the heart's "e-k-g" or
electrical activity, looking for changes that occur before a heart attack.
It’s kind of like an on-star warning device.
When EKG changes are detected, the implant vibrates in the patent's
chest and pages them to either call their doctor or head immediately to the emergency room.
The device and pager then send EKG information to a computer advising the doctor of the patent's condition.
Like many, fisher had no idea his heart was failing. He was healthy,
active, enjoying retirement, and had no symptoms or warning signs.
These are people that don't have the natural responses that regular people have. They don't get chest pains or chest tightness.
The implants maker started the clinical trials after hearing from
heart patients who were worried about having another attack.
It can be debilitating where you don't want to leave your home. You don't want to be far away from your doctor's office. So a system like this can provide peace of mind.
Doctors say it is promising technology. For Bruce Fisher, it could be the promise of a better future.
Teri Okita, CBS news, Long Beach, California.>
Research suggests CT scan screening might lead to needless worry, treatment in these cases
Finding may gain significance as legalization spreads across U.S., study author says
Some natural remedies may help you recover from the cold.
Whether you started an application already and got stuck along the way, or you want to give it another try, here are some tips to get you enrolled.
Experts call two new drugs for hepatitis C ''game changers" that they expect will dramatically improve treatment for many of the 3 million Americans with a chronic infection.
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay's plan to set up a legal, regulated marijuana market has reached its final legislative stage, with the Senate expected to approve the plan by late Tuesday and send it to President Jose Mujica for his signature.
By Jean-Francois Rosnoblet and Alexandria Sage MARSEILLE/PARIS (Reuters) - The founder of a French breast implant company was sentenced to four years in prison on Tuesday for hiding the true nature of the sub-standard silicone used in implants sold to 300,000 women around the world. Jean-Claude Mas, 74, founder and long-time chief executive of Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), was prosecuted after a worldwide panic in 2011 when France recommended that women with such implants should have them removed due to an abnormally high rupture rate. Once the third-largest global supplier of breast implants, the company was shut in 2010 and its implants ordered off the market after inspectors pursuing a tip-off discovered vats of industrial-grade silicone outside the PIP factory in the southern town of La-Seyne-sur-Mer.
Commentaries by two of China's most influential news outlets suggesting that the country's air pollution crisis was not without a silver lining drew a withering reaction on Tuesday from internet users and other media. In online commentaries on Monday, state broadcaster CCTV and the widely read tabloid the Global Times, published by the Communist Party's official People's Daily, both tried to put a positive spin on China's smog problem. The Global Times said smog could be useful in military situations, as it could hinder the use of guided missiles, while CCTV listed five "unforeseen rewards" for smog, including helping Chinese people's sense of humor. While both pieces have since been deleted from their websites, Chinese newspapers lost little time in denouncing their point of view, in an unusual case of state media criticizing other state media, showing the scale of the anger.