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Sudden Cardiac Arrest

AEDs Save Lives But AEDs in Hiding Are Rendered Useless

Mary M. Newman | Posted 11.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Mary M. Newman

As we continue to build our crowd-sourced and mobile-enhanced way of life in the United States, we must develop new and innovative ways to get lifesaving equipment to emergencies quickly and safely. We must work to ensure that lifesaving AEDs are readily available, 24/7, whenever sudden unexpected cardiac arrest occurs. AEDs save lives, but AEDs in hiding are rendered useless.

Heart Attack vs. Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Understanding the Difference

Mary M. Newman | Posted 10.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Mary M. Newman

You can save a life by learning to recognize these conditions and being prepared to take appropriate action.

Commit to Saving a Life -- It Only Takes One Minute

Leigh Pechillo | Posted 10.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Leigh Pechillo

The CPR you learn today could save the life of someone you love tomorrow. Please do all you can to help create more life savers so there are more lives saved.

So Identical, Both Their Lives Were Saved by CPR

Nancy Brown | Posted 10.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

At age 27, each could pass for the other. They are 5-foot-10, about 170 pounds, with dark hair and easy smiles. There are no scars or other giveaways to help tell them apart. Then there's the most important shared trait of all. Both their lives were saved by CPR.

What We Can Learn From The Heartbreaking Loss of Caleb Bratayley

Lisa Yue | Posted 10.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisa Yue

The death of a child is an unspeakable tragedy. When 13-year-old YouTube star Caleb Logan Bratayley unexpectedly died last week, it captured the attention of millions of young teens and their families.

Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die

Phyllis Sudman | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion
Phyllis Sudman

Today I am sitting at my son's graveside. It is where I have spent the last ten Yom Kippur holidays. This is called the Day of Atonement. Most Jews spend this holiest of days in synagogue praying and fasting. We are tasked with evaluating our behavior and asking for forgiveness. I used to do it this way.

My Fear of Shark Attacks

Phyllis Sudman | Posted 07.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Phyllis Sudman

You would never send your child into the ocean if you saw a shark. You would never send your child into a pool if you saw lightning. Let's treat our kids' hearts with the same sense of caution and urgency because the real threat to our kids may not be found in the water or sky. It is likely hiding in their chest.

National CPR-AED Awareness Week: 7 Things You Should Know About Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Mary M. Newman | Posted 06.03.2015 | Impact
Mary M. Newman

During this week alone, about 6,250 unsuspecting victims will suffer SCA, most of them (70 percent) at home. Their hearts will unexpectedly stop beating and blood will no longer flow to the brain and throughout the body.

This Guy-Gal Running Duo Bonded Over a Death -- His

Nancy Brown | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

A few days after the 2011 Bay to Breakers, her direct line at the hospital rang. "Do you remember that guy at the Bay to Breakers who died at the finish line?" a man said. "That was me." Stunned doesn't even begin to describe her reaction.

Seat Cushion to Float, Really?

Phyllis Sudman | Posted 06.01.2015 | Sports
Phyllis Sudman

For Memorial Day, my family and I flew from Philadelphia to Tampa. I fly a lot for work so I am used to the experience. However, my children, who are eight and twelve, always have questions.

The One Shining Moment of March

Phyllis Sudman | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Phyllis Sudman

This year, Simon's Fund will be in Indianapolis with Giving Hearts a Hand, the John Stewart Foundation, Play for Jake Foundation and Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health to provide free heart screenings for high school students in Marion County.

Shocking Truth About Night at the Museum

Phyllis Sudman | Posted 03.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Phyllis Sudman

Yes, the story is pretty far-fetched. Exhibits come to life. An Egyptian tablet possesses secret powers. You may be surprised, however, to learn that is one thing shockingly more unrealistic in this movie. Spoiler alert: The museums' AED devices.

Can Fat Baboons Help Us Understand the 'Obesity Paradox'?

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 08.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

Does our present high-sugar diet do to us what the "garbage dump diet" did to the baboons? Weight gain, pre-diabetes and alarming cholesterol elevations are all results of our diet too. Like the baboons, we humans will certainly respond to dietary insults in a variety of ways.

When a Youngster's Heart Stops, Their Life Doesn't Have To

Nancy Brown | Posted 06.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

We hear it far too often: A young athlete collapses and dies, their youth and athleticism proving to be a cruel camouflage for a time bomb ticking within their seemingly-invincible body. Sadder still is the realization that thousands of more youngsters meet similar fates without warranting headlines.

Acts of the Heart for #JoeMac

Shelley Hendrix Reynolds | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Shelley Hendrix Reynolds

I was not prepared to lose a sibling. You expect your brothers and sisters to be with you until the end of your life. Even now, I pretend like he is on a business trip and cannot call home because the reality is almost too much to bear.

Why Sudden Cardiac Arrest Usually Occurs In The Morning

Posted 09.09.2013 | Healthy Living

Sudden cardiac arrest -- when your heart stops functioning because of an electrical disturbance, which can lead to death if not treated immediately wi...

Training the Next Generation of Lifesavers, One Student at a Time

Nancy Brown | Posted 11.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

"Since witnessing the cardiac arrest that inspired me, I have not been around anyone who has needed CPR. But I know of two teenagers who have. Both learned it at school and ended up saving the life of one of their parents."

The Place You're Most Likely To Survive Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Posted 08.13.2013 | Healthy Living

The place with the best chance of surviving sudden cardiac arrest -- a condition where the heart suddenly stops beating -- is also where you probably ...

Your Sweet Heart: A Survivor's Story

Tracey Conway | Posted 04.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Tracey Conway

Nothing is more important than cherishing and understanding the amazing organ that is your heart. Honor it, pamper it, and lovingly protect it. Make this Valentine's Day a special one for your sweet heart. The one inside your chest.

AEDs Save Lives: Let's Keep Them Readily Available

Mary M. Newman | Posted 02.13.2013 | Impact
Mary M. Newman

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has launched a petition to the FDA to keep automated external defibrillators (AEDs) readily accessible for victims of sudden unexpected cardiac arrest, rather than increase regulatory hurdles that will hinder their deployment.

WATCH: 'Thank You, You Saved My Entire Family'

Posted 05.07.2012 | Denver

Thanksgiving may be nowhere in sight, but Don Scott, his two daughters, and his wife, have every reason to celebrate that holiday this Sunday in lieu ...

What Can Fabrice Muamba's Cardiac Arrest Teach Us?

Ian Carey | Posted 05.26.2012 | Sports
Ian Carey

Athletes leave the field because of injury all the time, but they don't normally do so while wearing oxygen masks and with medics frantically trying to get their hearts beating again. Looking at Fabrice Muamba's case, I'm left wondering if we are truly doing all we can to ensure our sports are as safe as they can be.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Kills Too Many Young Athletes

Leigh Vinocur, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Leigh Vinocur, M.D.

Should all young athletes participating in organized sports in the U.S. be getting an electrocardiogram to screen them for heart disease?