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22nd March, 2017
  Coffee shops & ATMs may be ideal locations for lifesaving AEDs
 
Community coffee shops and automated teller machines (ATMs), might be ideal locations for public access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs), says a new study reported in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation.
 
Use of publicly accessible AEDs can help to reduce the time to defibrillation in out of hospital cardiac arrests. Public access to defibrillation (PAD) means making AEDs available in public and/or private places where large numbers of people gather or in areas where high risk population lives. PAD programs are a major goal of the AHA to ensure that AEDs and trained lay rescuers are available in public areas where sudden cardiac arrest is likely to occur. This study also attempted to identify areas in the community where AEDs could be placed.
 
In this new study, researchers from Canada evaluated different businesses and municipal locations in Toronto, Canada to find out the best to place AEDs in the community. These were ranked based on the number of cardiac arrests that had occurred within 100 meters of the locations, and when they were open. They found 2,654 publicly located, non-traumatic out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in Toronto from January 2007 to December 2015.
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New Delhi, March 21, 2017:  Obesity is considered as a major health problem of the current era. Obesity never comes alone, but always comes associated with bunch of other diseases like diabetes, cardiac and kidney problems, altered liver function, and many others. Obesity, both generalized and abdominal greatly affects Indian populations, but the recent data published online in the Indian Journal of Medical Research, suggests that the abdominal obesity predominates the generalized one.
 
Padma Shri Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, National President, Indian Medical Association (IMA) and President Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and Dr RN Tandon - Honorary Secretary General IMA in a joint statement said that,
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