February is American Heart Month

In recognition of American Heart Month, we invite you to enjoy these free resources!



Medical Fitness to Dive

This short one-minute video clip was taken from the lecture on "Medical Fitness to Dive" taught by Nick Bird, MD, MMM. This lecture is part of the online CME/CEU course called "The Science of Wound Care, Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine".
Find more details about the course and enrollment detalis at www.WoundEducationPartners.com/wdhmed


Cardiac Evaluation of Patients with Low Ejection Fractions for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

This excerpt is taken from a panel discussion on Cardiac Evaluation of Patients with Low Ejection Fractions for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. The moderator of the panel was, Dr. Brett Hart. Watch as he gives an introduction to the topic.
Find the full panel discussion in the enduring materials CME course, "The Science of Wound Care, Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine: 2011 Conference and Expo." Enroll at www.BestPub.com



Hypertension, Left Ventricular Hypertrophy and Sudden Cardiac Death in Scuba Diving
by Petar J. Denoble, MD, DSc

Cardiac disease is associated with 20-30% of fatalities amongst recreational divers. In most cases the scenario of death fits the description of sudden cardiac deash (SCD), which is also one of the most common risk factors in the general population. However, the average age of divers is increasing and thus the prevalence of marginal and undetected cardiovascular diseases may contribute to an increased incidence of scuba diving fatalities in the future. To stratify risks among scuba divers and to establish targets for possible preventive interventions, in the absence of severe cardiovascular disease, other markers are necessary. Left ventricular hypertrophy
(LVH), which is an independent risk factor for SCD, may be such a marker.

In this article we will consider casual relationship of hypertension, left ventricular hypertrophy with sudden cardiac death, their prevelance in the population studied, prevention in the general population, and possible preventive strategies to reduce SCD in diving.


In-Water Recompression by Joseph Dituri, MS

Authored by Joseph Dituri, MS, this article treats the contentious topic of in-water recompresison. Dituri writes about his personal experience using in-water recompression as a treatment for decompression illness (DCI). 



"Rx Pad" is a new blog brought to you by our industry partner Wound Care Education Partners. Rx Pad offers you resources for improving the health of your clinical practice. Blog articles cover the fields of wound care, diving, and hyperbaric medicine and offers you an ongoing source of free, daily educational articles. A new question and answer post is released each Tuesday – “Q & A Tuesday”. You can also find links to free downloadable resources, books, online continuing education courses and more. You can leave comments and questions on the articles, and share them with your colleagues via social media channels. Read and subscribe to the blog  at www.WoundEducationPartners.com/rxpad



Browse our online bookstore for more resources!