Despite having an autonomic disorder, teen stays active
November 2014, Visalia Times-Delta
Taylor Stainbrook gets clammy, weak and white-sheet pale before she can pass out.
An episode can last a few minutes to a few hours. For an active 16-year-old athlete, that can seem like an eternity. During her sophomore year, she missed 56 days of school at Golden West High School where she's played on the varsity volleyball team since she was a freshman.
During a volleyball game, she normally plays the whole game.
"I feel better if I don't stop," she said.
She suffers from an autonomic disorder for which there is no cure but, with any luck, she may outgrow it in two to five years. Not a lot is known about Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome or, simply, POTS. It effects her digestion as well as her heart rate and blood pressure. Learn More.
'Wireless' Pacemaker Working Well, Researchers Say
November 2014 WebMD from HealthDay Reporter
For a handful of patients who've received the first wire-free pacemaker, the results are still good after 18 months, researchers reported Wednesday.
Unlike traditional pacemakers, the new device -- marketed as Nanostim -- is completely self-contained and requires no wires to connect it to the heart muscle. It's also implanted through a catheter, which bypasses the need for a chest incision. Read More.
Providence implants world's smallest pacemaker, a Northwest first
November 2014 Portland Business Journal
In an ongoing trend of ever-tinier medical devices, doctors at Providence Heart and Vascular Institute implanted the a vitamin-sized pacemaker into three patients last week.
The Medtronic Micra Transcatheter Pacing System is the world's smallest pacemaker, at one tenth the size of a traditional device. Read More
Hilton Head Island-based arrhythmia awareness group hopes to expand in US
October 2014, Bluffton Today
Countless organizations in the United States are working to raise awareness and advocate research for combating dreaded diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s.
Now, a United Kingdom-based nonprofit is aiming to make arrhythmia — heart rhythm disorder — a household word in America by 2020. Learn More