Named after her beloved father who died of a massive heart attack at a young age, the Gilbert Cardiac Support Group is sponsored by the Spiritual Care Services Department and provides a caring place for cardiac patients to share information and feelings about their personal journey.
Partika, who has a master's degree in psychology and runs the groups as a volunteer, begins a session by asking about issues members might have experienced in the past week, then the group shares and discusses various topics from relationships with family and friends since the cardiac event to rehospitalizations, felt losses, lifestyle changes, sleep, stress and social support.
"I explain how depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD and anger and control issues are related to cardiac health as well and we discuss solutions," she explained.
"With over 1,200 hospitals in Australia, we believe there is a substantial market for Powerheart," said Ray Jarvis, sales and marketing manager for Cardiac Science's new Australian distribution partner, CS Australia Pty Ltd of Melbourne, Australia.
Cardiac Science develops and markets life-saving external cardiac defibrillator devices and proprietary software that monitors a patient's cardiac activity, instantly detects the onset of a life-threatening heart rhythm and automatically delivers defibrillation shocks within as little as 10 seconds and without human intervention to re-establish the heart's normal rhythm.
The defibrillation electrodes must be replaced every 24 hours and represent a recurring revenue stream for Cardiac Science.
"We know early defibrillation is key to increasing patient survival from sudden cardiac arrest," said Rene Mitchell, vice president of worldwide marketing of Medtronic Physio-Control.