People with Heart Conditions

It is accepted practice to provide supplemental oxygen to all patients with severe medical conditions including post-resuscitator patients in cardiac arrest or other circulatory or respiratory conditions and should be provided 100% oxygen and ventilation assistance as needed.
Dr. Vince Mosesso, MD, FACEP; Medical Director, UPMC and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association
Myocardial damage during acute myocardial infarction is minimized by administration of supplemental oxygen.
American Heart Association

 

There is significant clinical support for the critical need for early oxygen administration during cardiovascular emergencies, including cardiac arrests, myocardial infarctions and strokes. During a cardiovascular emergency, the availability of oxygen to the heart, brain, other vital organs or injured area is either stopped or impaired. In less than three minutes without oxygen, brain cells can begin to die. In less than eight minutes, the heart muscle cells can begin to die. Both of these conditions typically lead to permanent disability, since neither brain cells nor the heart tissue is considered regenerative. In less than ten minutes the ability to sustain life can be at risk. Even if a victim survives, their future quality of life can be directly related to the number of minutes that they were deprived of oxygen. Given that the response time of first responders can be between six and 15 minutes (in the United States) from the time 911 is called, the clinical significance and appeal of the OxySure Model 615 becomes apparent.

The American Heart Association estimates that there are approximately 80 million Americans who are afflicted with cardiovascular disease in one form or another. Of the 80 million potential victims: (a) approximately 40 million, or 50% are diagnosed with cardiovascular disease; (b) approximately 40 million, or 50% exhibit at least one risk factor associated with cardiovascular disease; and (c) more than 2/3 are 50 years of age or older.

According to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report [MMWR], each year, over 1 million Americans suffer a potentially fatal cardiac emergency, that is one person every 34 seconds. About 460,000 of those cardiac emergencies are fatal, death occurring before the victim can get professional medical attention. And it can happen to anyone, regardless of age. Consider, for example the case of young Kylee Shea, who was only 11 years old when she had a cardiac arrest. Fortunately, the heroic and swift actions of two coaches who used an AED to start Kylee's heart, and then immediately - post-resuscitation - used OxySure to provide supplemental oxygen, created a phenomenally positive outcome. See Kylee's story here:



Regrettably, it frequently happens that outcomes in sudden cardiac arrest are not that positive. Doctors estimate that the survival rate for people who suffer sudden cardiac arrest outside a hospital is between 3% and 5%. Immediate action is the single most important factor in determining the victim’s survival rate.

With OxySure, for the first time in history a bystander can safely administer medically pure oxygen in heart emergencies (or any medical emergency) prior to the arrival of emergency personnel. OxySure products are to medical emergency victims what a fire extinguisher is to a home owner, a first line of defense until emergency personnel arrive. OxySure is frequently deployed right next to the AEDs, as this example illustrates:



What is the difference between a cardiac arrest and a heart attack?

In lay terms, a cardiac arrest can be thought of as an "electrical problem," whereas a myocardial infarction can be thought of as a "plumbing problem." In both cases blood flow is impaired, and therefore oxygen delivery to vital organs is impaired.

Are there any known examples of people who suffered a heart attack and died due to lack of oxygen?

Of course there are hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of people worldwide, who have died of heart attacks. A recent example is a TMZ report regarding actor Michael Clarke Duncan indicating that “Lack of Oxygen Proved Fatal” after he suffered a heart attack. The actor went without oxygen for more than 5 minutes before a loved one was able to re-start his heart with CPR. Mr Duncan was in movies such as The Green Mile, Armageddon, and many others. The article can be located here.

What about difficulty breathing and chest pain?

According to the American National Red Cross: "A person experiencing difficulty breathing and chest pain because of a heart attack or angina can have this pain and breathing discomfort reduced by the delivery of a higher concentration of oxygen. Supplemental oxygen delivered to the victim's lungs can help meet the increased demand for oxygen for all body tissues."

What are the American Heart Association's (AHA's) guidelines regarding emergency oxygen?

Part 4: Basic Life Support (BLS) recognition of signs of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), heart attack, stroke, and foreign-body airway obstruction (FBAO); cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); and defibrillation with an automated external defibrillator (AED) … for lay rescuers and healthcare providers
   During CPR the purpose of ventilation is to maintain adequate oxygenation…
   … use supplemental oxygen …to enable delivery of 100% oxygen (initially).

What does the American Red Cross (ARC) say about cardiac emergencies?

   Trouble breathing: According to ARC, one of the signals of a heart attack is "trouble breathing." It goes on to say "A victim may be breathing faster than normal because the body tries to get much-needed oxygen to the heart."
   (Chest) Pain that comes and goes: According to ARC, some people with coronary heart disease may have chest pain or pressure that comes and goes. This type of pain is called angina pectoris, a medical term for pain in the chest. It develops when the heart needs more oxygen than it gets because the arteries leading to it are too narrow. When a person with angina is exercising, excited or emotionally upset, the heart might not get enough oxygen. This lack of oxygen can cause chest discomfort or pain.
   Administering Emergency Oxygen: According to ARC, "...when serious injury or sudden illness occurs, the body does not function properly and can benefit from emergency oxygen." It goes on to state that "Emergency oxygen provides a substantially higher oxygen concentration..." and that "A higher concentration of oxygen being delivered to a victim can help counter the effects of a life-threatening injury or illness to the body."

To download a copy of the ARC guidelines on Cardiac Emergencies please click here.

How do I know if I am at risk of a cardiovascular incident?

Of course you have to consult your doctor. You may need OxySure if you are a candidate for a cardiovascular emergency (such as heart attack or stroke). If you have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease (CVD), you are a candidate. According to medical publications, you may also be an undiagnosed sufferer of CVD if any one or more of the following conditions apply to you: (1) You smoke or have smoked. (2) You have high cholesterol. (3) You have a history of heart disease or stroke. (4) You tend to be or are overweight. (5) You have high blood pressure. (6) You engage in little or no exercise. (7) You are over the age of 50. (8) You abuse alcohol. (9) You suffer estrogen deficiency. Any of the above characteristics create risk of heart attack or stroke.

 

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The OxySure Beacon of Safety Award is issued by OxySure to our institutional customers who implement OxySure as part of their safety protocols and framework in the organization. The goal of the award is to recognize an organization "for demonstrating a visionary commitment to community safety by implementing safe, non-compressed emergency oxygen systems in its facilities." The OxySure Beacon of Safety Award has three levels of recognition: Silver, Gold, and Platinum and certificates evidencing the grant of each award is issued to those organizations who agree to participate in the initiative.

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