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Sudden Cardiac Arrest

WA Cardiac Arrest Survivor Honored for Advocacy Work by American Heart Association

American Heart Association - Western States | Posted 06.09.2016 | Healthy Living
American Heart Association - Western States

Congratulations to American Heart Association (AHA) volunteer Eric Rothenberg of Mercer Island, Washington. He is the recipient of the AHA's Advocacy ...

33 States Now Require CPR Training Before High School Graduation. What Are the Others Waiting For?

Mary M. Newman | Posted 06.02.2016 | Education
Mary M. Newman

June 1-7 is National CPR-AED Awareness Week. It's time to start teaching all students CPR and how to use automated external defibrillators (AEDs) before high school graduation.

His Heart Stopped While Playing In An NHL Game. An AED Saved Him. Now Pevs Wants To Protect Others

Nancy Brown | Posted 03.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Less than seven minutes into an NHL game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Dallas Stars, Rich Peverley of the Stars was sitting on the bench waiting to return to the ice when his heart stopped beating. He was in cardiac arrest.

Death Will Not Escape Us

Marion Leary | Posted 02.23.2016 | Impact
Marion Leary

Death will not escape us, any of us. Though it seems that death has a fond proclivity for me, it has followed me throughout my life thus far. Case-in-point, I started writing this from a room in a hospice center, watching as my father-in-law took some of what were his last breaths.

Heart Attack Patients Are At Risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. But Ray's Story Brings Hope.

Mary M. Newman | Posted 02.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Mary M. Newman

Heart attack patients should ask their doctors about the risk of sudden cardiac arrest and how best to prevent it. Ray's doctors recognized the risk, and he is alive today because of it: "I did what the doctors told me, and it saved my life."

When Life (and Death) Imitates Art

Phyllis Sudman | Posted 02.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Phyllis Sudman

How can a seemingly healthy student just collapse? What are we doing to examine and protect the health of our students? Are we prepared for the next student who collapses? We really don't know much about our kids' hearts.

Why We Must Take Action in the Face of Devastation

Kyle Bryant | Posted 02.08.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Kyle Bryant

When I was invited to speak at the opening night of the 11th annual Parent Heart Watch Conference, I could not imagine how my story could relate to pa...

Do You Believe in Destiny?

Phyllis Sudman | Posted 11.29.2015 | Parents
Phyllis Sudman

Do you believe in destiny or are you one of those "that's just a coincidence" kind of people? Let's say you've been dying to go to a concert and your...

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 07.20.2016 | 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 06.03.2016 | 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 06.01.2016 | 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 06.01.2016 | 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."