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Cardium's InnerCool Reports on Expanding Use of Therapeutic Hypothermia
Date:1/29/2009

First Responders Leading the Charge of Cooling Therapy for Cardiac Patients

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cardium Therapeutics (NYSE Alternext US: CXM) and its operating unit InnerCool Therapies today reported on the growing trend of the country's first responders leading the charge and adopting therapeutic hypothermia protocols for cardiac arrest patients. Newly emerging protocols recommend that cardiac arrest patients be quickly cooled, beginning even before they reach the hospital, and that they be transported to hospitals with therapeutic cooling systems in place. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers have implemented therapeutic cooling protocols in a number of major U.S. cities including Seattle, WA, Boston, MA, Raleigh, NC, Houston, TX, Phoenix, AZ and New York, NY. As recently reported by the New York Times, effective January 1, 2009, New York City ambulances are required to take post-cardiac arrest patients to hospitals that have adopted therapeutic hypothermia protocols. These changes in the standard of care follow a growing number of reports regarding the importance of cooling in the treatment of cardiac patients.

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American Heart Association

On December 2, 2008, the American Heart Association (AHA) reported further on this emerging trend in a scientific consensus statement entitled "Post Arrest Syndrome. Epidemiology, Pathophysiology, Treatment, and Prognostication." in the journal of Circulation. As noted, "Preclinical and clinical evidence strongly supports mild therapeutic hypothermia as an effective therapy for the post-cardiac arrest syndrome. Unconscious adult patients with spontaneous circulation after out-of-hospital VF cardiac arrest should be cooled to
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