Archive - Sep 12, 2011

Archive - Sep 12, 2011

People in Poorer Neighborhoods Have Higher Risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) was higher among people living in poorer neighborhoods in several US and Canadian cities, and the disparity was particularly evident among people under age 65, found a study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

SCA accounts for up to 63% of deaths annually from cardiac diseases in the United States. Socio-economic status is a predictor of many health-related conditions, including death and heart disease. This study examined a potential link between socioeconomic status and sudden cardiac arrest in more than one community.

A team of researchers in the US and Canada looked at data on 9,235 sudden cardiac arrests in seven cities: four in the US: Dallas, Texas; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Portland, Oregon; Seattle–King County, Washington; and three in Canada: Ottawa and Toronto, Ontario; and Vancouver, British Columbia.

He survived - notice the magic words.

Magic words: "...CPR was performed and a defibrillator was used" It makes a huge difference!

Runner in downtown Duluth race revived after suffering cardiac arrest
Gene Curnow, 67, of Saginaw, a veteran racer and race organizer, suffered a cardiac arrest after finishing the All City Mile run Sunday.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune

Gene Curnow, 67, of Saginaw, a veteran racer and race organizer, suffered a cardiac arrest after finishing the All City Mile run Sunday.

He was attended to at the finish line by paramedics, race volunteers and a fellow runner, and was revived and taken to the cardiac intensive care unit at St. Luke’s hospital. He was being kept overnight for tests, said his wife, Barb.

Curnow has completed more than 200 marathons and ultramarathons (races longer than 26.2 miles) and has worked, with his wife, in putting on races in the area, including the Minnesota Voyageur Trail Ultramarathon 50-Miler in Carlton.

Do Student Athletes Benefit from Routine Exams?

One physician says yes

It’s a longstanding back-to-school rite: The aspiring student athlete gives school authorities the medical forms that announce he or she has been seen by a doctor and is fit to play for a team.

We family physicians and pediatricians perform some 10 million of these examinations a year. And while we are doing a general checkup, our primary goal is to find serious conditions, most notably those that could result in sudden cardiac arrest and death.

The specter of a seemingly healthy young athlete suffering a fatal attack during training or competition pervades the pre-participation examination, or PPE.

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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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