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Sudden Cardiac Arrest During Sports: How Can the Risk Be Reduced?

250 of the world's leading specialists met in Berlin last weekend

L'Oreal Paris' Ninth Annual Women of Worth Celebration Recognizes 10 Exceptional Women; Phyllis Sudman Named 2014 National Honoree

Phyllis SudmanNEW YORK, NY-- L'Oreal Paris honored 10 women for their extraordinary contributions to their communities at the ninth annual Women of Worth celebration Tuesday night and recognized Phyllis Sudman, co-founder of Simon's Fund, as the 2014 Women of Worth National Honoree. Inspired by L'Oreal Paris' iconic brand philosophy, "Because You're Worth It," the Women of Worth program shines a spotlight on women making a beautiful difference in the world through volunteerism. 

Distrust of Police Is Top Reason Latinos Don't Call 9-1-1 for Cardiac Arrest

WASHINGTON, DC--Fear of police, language barriers, lack of knowledge of cardiac arrest symptoms and financial concerns prevent Latinos – particularly those of lower socioeconomic status – from seeking emergency medical help and performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), according to a study published online yesterday in Annals of Emergency Medicine ("Barriers to Calling 911 and Learning and Performing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Residents of Primarily Latino, High-Risk Neighborhoods in Denver, Colorado") 

Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute Physician-Researcher Awarded NHLBI Grant to Study Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Funds to help develop prevention strategies for deadly heart condition
 
LOS ANGELES, CA--One of medicine's most prominent experts in sudden cardiac arrest has received a new $2.36 million grant to study how to better predict the deadly heart condition that kills an estimated 300,000 Americans each year.
 
Over recent years, Sumeet S. Chugh, MD, and his team of researchers in the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute have identified several risk factors for sudden cardiac arrest, including levels of sex hormones in the blood, genetics and electrical and structural abnormalities of the heart.
 
The new grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute will support research with patients 35-59 years old.

Help Raise Awareness About Sudden Cardiac Arrest on #GivingTuesday

Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday...what's next? #GivingTuesday--a day to give to charities like the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a national nonprofit organization working to save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest, a leading cause of death in the U.S.

Stressful Duties Raise Police Officers' Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

Police officers are at increased risk for sudden cardiac death when performing stressful duties like chasing, restraining or fighting with suspects, researchers say.

Sudden cardiac death is up to 70 times more likely during those kinds of stressful activities, compared to when police officers perform routine duties, according a new study of U.S. law enforcement deaths.

The results aren't surprising, said senior author Dr. Stefanos N. Kales of Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.

“In the general population those really stressful things like anger or physical stress, like a lot of snow shoveling for a person who is usually sedentary, can serve as triggers for cardiovascular events,” Kales told Reuters Health. 

“We thought the same thing could happen with law enforcement officers but we were struck by the magnitude of the risks,” Kales said.

Basic vs. Advanced Life Support Outcomes After Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: Evidence Supports Back to Basics Approach

Basic Life SupportPatients who had cardiac arrest at home or elsewhere outside of a hospital had greater survival to hospital discharge and to 90 days beyond if they received basic life support (BLS) vs. advanced life support (ALS) from ambulance personnel, according to a report published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.

Daughter Saves Father's Life By Performing CPR

Michael and Aly DeMarcoAUSTIN, TX--Michael DeMarco, 42, doesn't recall much about the morning of Feb. 14, 2014, but it's a Valentine's Day his daughter, Aly Demarco, 13, won't soon forget.

View video here.

Director Mike Nichols, Husband of Diane Sawyer, Dies Suddenly from Cardiac Arrest

Mike Nichols and Diane SawyerMike Nichols, esteemed director/writer/producer and husband of Diane Sawyer, has died. ABC reports he died suddenly on Wednesday evening of cardiac arrest. He was 83.

Nichols' death was announced by ABC News President James Goldston.

CARES Report: Overall Rates of Survival From Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest in the U.S. Have Improved Dramatically

CARESA new report by the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) Surveillance Group, involving an evaluation of trends between 2005 and 2012, suggests that rates of survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest have improved in the multiple geographically diverse sites participating this performance improvement registry. The study is the largest conducted to date in the United States.

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