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    [HEADLINE:Alcohol injection used to treat heart condition]

    Author: Tim Stewart (67.39.31.---)

    Date: 11-18-02 06:05

    Copyright 2002 Pensacola News Journal (Pensacola, FL)

    All Rights Reserved

    Pensacola News Journal (Pensacola, FL)

    November 17, 2002 Sunday


    LENGTH: 553 words

    HEADLINE: Notes

    BYLINE: Staff


    Alcohol injection used to treat heart condition

    Cardiologists at Sacred Heart Hospital have used a dose of pure alcohol

    injected into a patient's heart to treat a rare heart condition called

    hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy.

    Drs. Dan Doty, Brent Videau and Ed Rogers of Cardiology Consultants performed

    the procedure on a 22-year-old patient - the first time the technique has been

    used in Northwest Florida.

    Videau described the technique as "a controlled heart attack utilizing the

    injection of pure alcohol.'' The injection has the effect of damaging an overly

    enlarged area of muscle within the heart, reducing its size to relieve an

    obstruction to the flow of blood out of the heart.

    The treatment, called alcohol septal ablation, is a new alternative for

    treatment of hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart

    characterized by excessive enlargement of the heart muscle, particularly in the

    septum. The septum is the structure that separates the main pumping chambers of

    the heart.

    In patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the enlargement of the septum

    pushes against a leaflet of the mitral valve to create an obstruction to the

    outflow of blood from the heart to the central artery or aorta.

    This obstruction puts a strain on the pumping chamber and might cause the

    mitral valve in the heart to leak.

    FirstRehab offers program to aid those with arthritis

    FirstRehab of Gulf Breeze Hospital offers Joint Efforts, a warm-water aquatic

    program for people with arthritis, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11

    a.m. to noon at The Club in Gulf Breeze.

    Held in a warm-water pool, the program consists of range of motion and

    flexibility exercises, avoiding extremes of range or painful motion,

    muscle-strengthening and cardiovascular endurance training.

    Reservations are required.

    Details: 934-2180.

    Health, fitness symposium to address 'achieving balance'

    The sixth annual Health Excellence and Fitness Symposium, co-sponsored by

    medical and educational organizations throughout Northwest Florida, is set for

    Feb. 18-20 in the Mustin Beach Officers Club at Pensacola Naval Air Station.

    The theme for the 2003 symposium is "Achieving Balance."

    Keynote speaker will be Dr. Kenneth Cooper from the Cooper Institute for

    Aerobics Research in Dallas. Cooper is known as the "father of aerobics'' and

    will be speaking on Current Trends in Preventive Medicine and Wellness.

    The symposium will feature Dr. Martin Collis, a consultant with the

    President's Council on Physical Fitness, Fitness Canada and the author of the

    weight management book "Phacts of Life.'' Collis will present "Healing, Humor,

    and a High Level of Wellness."

    The annual event introduces a new feature by offering workshops geared toward

    either exercise/fitness or medical/wellness. These workshops are interactive.

    The target audience for the symposium includes physicians, nurses, physician

    assistants, dentists, dietitians, dietetic technicians, chaplains, teachers,

    social workers, corpsmen, physical fitness instructors and coordinators,

    athletic directors, health promotion coordinators, researchers and anyone

    interested in improving their health and overall wellness.

    Register on the symposium Web site at www.healthexcellencepensacola.com

    Details: 452-3801.

    From staff reports

    GRAPHIC: Videau; Cooper

    LOAD-DATE: November 16, 2002


    [Re: HEADLINE:Alcohol injection used to treat heart condition]

    Author: Erica (---.biz.dsl.gtei.net)

    Date: 11-18-02 06:13

    Are they for real? They performed their FIRST procedure on a 22-year-old? Some daring doctoprs and some uneducated 22 year old ... I can't believe he would allow himself to be their first guinea pig. Wow.


    [Re: HEADLINE:Alcohol injection used to treat heart condition]

    Author: Lisa Salberg (167.165.39.---)

    Date: 11-18-02 19:20

    OK here I am at the AHA meeting and here is the basic feel about Alcohol septal ablation in the USA at this time... it should be reserved for older patients and pts. should be carefully evaluated for proper selection for the procedure...many patients will do better with myectomy. However, the ease and simple appearance of the abaltion is making it attractive to many who may likely be hurt in the long run by the procedure as you are adding proarrythmic tissue to a prearrythmic heart.

    more later..



    [Re: HEADLINE:Alcohol injection used to treat heart condition]

    Author: Erica (---.atlnga1.dsl-verizon.net)

    Date: 11-18-02 19:25

    Hi Lisa. Can you elborate on the following as I am unclear what you mean ... "proarrythmic tissue to a prearrythmic heart." Thanks : )


    [Re: HEADLINE:Alcohol injection used to treat heart condition]

    Author: Board Moderator (Sarah Beckley (---.client.attbi.com)

    Date: 11-18-02 19:52


    "Proarrythmic" means causes or can cause arrhythmias and "prearrhtymic" means not having any yet. The ablation creates a scar --scar tissue--from the ablation site. There are not long term studies on the effects of having this scar tissue --as ablations are only about 5 or 6 years old.

    Also, there are a lot of youngsters who need to have the ablation repeated b/c it just doesn't work in younger people.

    NOTE: This is a post from the previous forum message board.