Archive - Apr 11, 2018

Archive - Apr 11, 2018

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Bereaved Family and Friends Contribute to Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation in Memory of Venkatesh Veeravalli

Venkatesh Veeravalli, 29, a software engineer from New Brunswick, NJ, died suddenly from cardiac arrest on February 9th, leaving behind his 25-year-old wife, his parents, and many other family members and friends.

According to his family, “Venky” had fallen asleep that evening, but then awoke with breathing difficulties. First responders worked for over an hour, trying to revive him with CPR and a defibrillator. He was later transported to nearby Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. Unfortunately, however, he could not be resuscitated.

Family and friends were shocked and devastated, especially because Venky was “active, health conscious, and a regular at the gym.”

Fueled by Tragedy, Cardiac on Campus Helps Students Take Care of Hearts

MADISON, WI--Jon Derynda had just crossed the finish line of a half-marathon when he collapsed and died in 2015, having suffered what’s called sudden cardiac death.

He was two days shy of his 21st birthday, enjoying the summer between his junior and senior year at UW-Oshkosh, and was running the race with his family. His death blindsided the family, who found it hard to comprehend how a fit, young man could die from a heart problem.

“We were really struck by the thought of a really healthy, active 20 year-old and how this can happen to somebody as healthy as he was,” his sister Brittany Derynda said.

Genetic Variant Might Be a Better Marker for Heart Disease

CINCINNATI, OH--Researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine have found that a newly identified subset of a known genetic variant found primarily in individuals of South Asian descent may be a better marker for carriers of heart dysfunction in this population and that individuals with this genetic variant are more likely to develop early signs of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

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