This is absolutely worth knowing about. Please pass the link along to folks you know. This is a new, much simpler form of CPR advocated by the Mayo Clinic. Much simpler to learn than the original. I taught this to my kids last night, they got it instantly. Take a look. You might save someone’s life!
Two companies are racing to take control of an emerging market in heart surgery, a market estimated to exceed $1.5 billion within the next six years. Currently, once a patient’s heart is too badly damaged for stent repair, the patient has little choice but to endure a painful procedure in which their sternum is “cracked” and their chest completely opened up. As you’d expect, open heart surgery requires a long recuperation time, and is rife with possible complications. Opening up someone’s chest is a necessary evil.
The new technology, percutaneous heart valves, are intended as aortic valve replacements and are implanted through catheters, just like stents. Here’s an illustration showing one of the valves being inserted:
Interesting. A Google map showing reported cases of Swine Flu. I’ve seen a remarkable range of opinions on the potential for a pandemic. At least this map is factual, as opposed to conjecture. From what I’ve read, washing your hands is more effective than wearing a mask, as the virus is spread by touch, as opposed to by breathing it in. Anyone have any hard facts to back that up or prove it false?