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Putting heart problems on ice

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If you or someone in  your family is an athlete, you know ice can be your best friend.  At the ball park the first thing moms do if a player is injured is run for a bag of ice.  So why not use ice in the case of a heart attack too?   Actually at St. Vincent's East, Dr. Thompson believes the hypothermia treatment can save lives. 

     The patients who are eligible are patients who've had a heart attack and are in a coma.  The bottom line is the cooling of the body can help prevent certain problems with the brain after a heart attack.

    This is not a recommendation for you to use at home.   The patient needs to be carefully  monitored and not be cooled too quickly, or warmed too quickly either.  But for doctors who are using this method of helping to reduce injuries after a heart attack,  they are seeing great success stories.

   Check out our latest podcast to see how this hypothermia treatment works.