Tag: heart attack

CPR Was Born in Baltimore; Its Creator Died This Week at Age 87



In the 1950s, if you keeled over because your heart stopped, that was generally it. But a Johns Hopkins electrical engineer thought there must be a better way. In the 1950s, William Kouwenhoven began work on the first cardiac defibrillator, which he used to shock lab dogs’ hearts back to life after they’d stopped beating. And then came the famous day in 1958 when a dog’s heart stopped–but the lifesaving defibrillator was on the wrong floor of the hospital.

This Week in Research: The March on Washington & Jumpstarting the Heart with Light



As you’d be hard pressed not to know by now, this week marks the fiftieth anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where a quarter of a million Americans gathered on the Washington Mall to hear Martin Luther King, Jr. make his “I Have a Dream” speech.

One of the crucial aspects of the 1963 march was that it brought together activists and organizers from across the country, says Johns Hopkins history professor Nathan Connolly. That meant that it became quickly clear that racial segregation — and attendant problems of police brutality, and housing and labor discrimination — was emphatically not just a Southern problem.

Lifebridge Receives Special Distinction for Stroke Treatment at The Berman Brain & Spine Institute



The Brain & Spine Institute is located in the Michel Mirowski Building at Sinai Hospital.
The Brain & Spine Institute is located in the Michel Mirowski Building at Sinai Hospital.

When it comes to medical care, those of us who live in Baltimore are lucky to have some of the finest institutions to turn to for help.  Just recently, The Berman Brain & Spine Institute’s Stroke Center at Sinai Hospital
was awarded a Target: Stroke designation by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association in recognition of its excellence in delivering timely critical care to patients with acute stroke. The designation was earned because Sinai met the criteria of providing IV tPA, a clot-busting drug, to at least 50 percent of ischemic stroke patients within 60 minutes of their arrival at the hospital, also known as “door-to-needle time.” That was the rate over the last six months of 2012. To date, Sinai Hospital has increased the rate even more, to over 75 percent.