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I am a drowning as a caregiver for my husband

I would like to share with significant others or spouses of survivors , we are 68 and the arrest was 6/11/2011.

FDA Strengthens Heart Safety Warnings on Painkillers

The Food and Drug Administration is strengthening its warnings about painkillers like ibuprofen, saying they do raise the risk of heart attack or stroke. People should think carefully about taking these drugs, both over-the-counter versions and prescription pills, the FDA says. It's asking manufacturers to change the labels. The FDA spokesperson, Eric Pahon, is now saying that these painkillers do cause increased risk of heart attack and stroke. The painkillers include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS, including ibuprofen, sold under brand names like Advil or Motrin; naproxen (Aleve), as well as prescription arthritis drugs known as COX-2 inhibitors, such as Celebrex. Tylenol, known generically as acetaminophen, is not an NSAID.

My Superhero

The unknown man they are referring to in this article is me, This man is my superhero

http://sao9.net/investigator-dossett-an-undercover-superhero/

Memory!!!

Hi I'm a 40 year old female, I had an unexplained cardiac arrest last July. I was very lucky that I had collapsed at home unconscious and went into cardiac arrest on arrival at hospital. It took 50 mins for they to get me back, I went through the usual ICU I had trachy and was kept unconscious for two weeks, my kidneys failed and I spent a good while on dialysis. I amazingly survived but am left with horrendous memory loss with a very sparse memory of my life previously.
I am sad to say I've struggled with life since, memory loss is hard, and I find going out and motivation, I need such a huge kick up the backside to not be scared of life as I know life will never be the same, but it can be different. Thanks for taking time to read this, I guess it just helps to get it out there!!
Kym
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We applaud this statement urging all schools to teach CPR

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation applauds the European Patient Safety Foundation, the European Resuscitation Council, the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation, the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists, and the World Health Organization for urging schools worldwide to teach students CPR. The statement follows:

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

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death in the U.S., affecting about 326,200 people of all ages outside hospitals every day. Dave Goldberg, CEO of Survey Monkey and husband of Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, was one of its recent victims.

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. They will collapse, stop breathing normally, and may appear to be having seizures. In essence, they will be dead -- and they will stay this way unless bystanders act immediately to restore their heartbeats with CPR and defibrillation.

10 steps to help organize a cardiac arrest survivor celebration

Today EMS1 posted an article about 10 steps to organizing a cardiac arrest survivor celebration.

It begins...

Celebrating cardiac arrest survival in your agency and community is a wonderful opportunity to allow cardiac arrest survivors and their families to meet and thank their EMS and hospital caregivers. Celebrations also provide an opportunity for survivors to meet other survivors, promote awareness of sudden cardiac arrest in the community, and create a venue to celebrate successes in EMS.  

The best survivor celebrations focus on the survivors first and foremost, and the rescuers, both professional and bystander, second. At Spokane AMR, our celebrations have included families, hospital personnel, EMS personnel, 911 dispatchers, police officers, firefighters and bystanders.

Finally an answer

Hello,

My son had an SCA last July (16 years old). I just received his genetic testing results which was positive for Long QT Syndrome. If anybody can give me information I would appreciate it.

Thanks!

Teri

2 SCA/OHCA Saves In One Year

Call it being at the right place at the right time but I am fortunate to have saved two SCA victims in the past year. The most recent occurred just over 2 weeks ago. Here is a link to the story http://patch.com/california/cupertino/area-exec-saves-heart-attack-victi...

The most important thing is that both individuals lived. That said I am trying to understand are the odds of this happening? From what I understand it is rare to save one persons life with CPR...but two in one year?

If anyone has some data that can shed some light on this, I would appreciate it.

Mike Vanneman

CPR, AEDs Save Lives

On April 11, a bystander and two police officers saved the life of a man who had been walking in South Park (Pittsburgh, PA) when he suddenly collapsed in cardiac arrest. On April 22, Pittsburgh police officers and paramedics saved the life of a fellow officer who suffered cardiac arrest in the West End station.

Why did they survive sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), when so few victims do?

The answer is simple: Bystanders started CPR and used defibrillators immediately.

Unfortunately, SCA is a common occurrence in Pittsburgh and across the nation. In fact, it affects about 1,000 people of all ages each day in the U.S.

While on average, only 10 percent of victims survive, when people at the scene of the emergency intervene quickly by giving CPR and using automated external defibrillators (AEDs), survival rates increase to 40 percent.

Help raise awareness about SCA and the importance of knowing how to save a life.

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The mission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is to prevent death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest. The vision of the SCA Foundation is to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and influence attitudinal and behavioral changes that will reduce mortality and morbidity from SCA.

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