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Posted: February 16, 2013  

Athletics: Canadian Cardiac Care to mointor runners in Winterman Marathon this Sunday

Canadian Cardiac Care, a Global Mobile Health division of the Windsor Cardiac Centre under the leadership of Dr. Wadea Tarhuni, Cardiologist - FACP, FACC, FRCPC, FASE, CBCCT, FAHA, will monitor Ottawa Winterman Marathon Runners with the Cardiophone.

The Cardiophone is a unique device to the Windsor Cardiac Centre in Canada. It has a SIM-like chip that connects to a satellite. Runners ECG's are sent and analyzed in real time while throughout the race. A final report will be issued to all runners upon arrival.

After its successful historical monitoring of over twenty runners at the Amherstburg Marathon on September 23, 2012, Canadian Cardiac Care will be monitoring runners at the Ottawa Winterman Marathon this Sunday February 17. This event will be the first one in history in cold weather, where runners will see their ECG's transmitted and analyzed in real-time.

Over the first decade of the millennium, 59 Marathon runners suffered sudden cardiac arrest. In 2009 Detroit's Marathon, three runners died of sudden cardiac arrest. In 2011, a 35-year-old man died while running the Chicago Marathon, a 37-year-old died in the Los Angeles half-marathon; and two men (21, 40) died at the Philadelphia Marathon. In the 2012 Chicago Marathon last November, 47-year-old man collapsed within a block of a medical tent. He was lucky he received CPR immediately and was saved.

While the incidence of sudden cardiac arrest is small in Marathons and athletic events, safety and precaution are paramount. "Monitoring athletes in real-time allows cardiologists to detect abnormal heart rhythms that may lead to sudden cardiac arrest. We hope that through these live experimentations, we will develop a better understanding of how" said Dr. Tarhuni, President and CEO of Canadian Cardiac Care. He further noted that "Sudden cardiac arrest can happen anytime and anywhere, and can affect seemingly healthy people, athletes, young adults, high school students and people without any known heart disease episodes".

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is not to be confused with a heart attack. SCA is due to an electrical disruption of the heart that leads to heart beats that are weak but very rapid, which prevents the heart from circulating blood and oxygen to the body. Previous heart disease history in self or family can be a good starting point for identifying susceptibility to SCA. Would a person be affected by SCA, it will require immediate CPR and probably a defibrillator to bring back the heart to its normal rhythm. Many people do not survive it due to the absence of a trained person to help immediately.

"Cardiovascular diseases are the world's largest killers, claiming 17.3 million lives a year globally and 70,000 in Ontario," says Dr. Wadea Tarhuni. Canadian Cardiac Care is the global mobile health innovation branch of the Windsor Cardiac Centre. It aims at popularizing cardiac telemetry and telecardiology for the early detection of the symptoms of fatal cardiac events, for life safety and for personlized and timely patient care anytine and anywhere. Its medical devices, including the Cardiophone have been beaming information to its Windsor headquarter from various locations in Canada and internationally.

In April 2012, the Windsor Cardiac Centre was granted accreditation in Echocardiography in the area of Adult Transthoracic and Adult Stress by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). The Windsor Cardiac Centre is the first and only outpatient healthcare facility to receive this accreditation in all Canada.

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