Archive - Dec 13, 2012

Archive - Dec 13, 2012

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Happy Re-Birthday, Justin Rephas!

 

Lindsey Rephas in MoldovaToday is the one-year anniversary of College of Charleston student Justin Rephas' brush with sudden cardiac arrest. 

Happy Rebirthday, Justin. And congratulations to Medical University of South Carolina nursing student Meg Skeele and Dr. Michael Bernard, bystanders who helped Justin "stay alive" with CPR. 

And thank you to Lindsey Rephas, Justin's sister, for sharing Justin's story with the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. Lindsey is a Peace Corps volunteer, working to raise awareness about the importance of CPR in Moldova.

To read Justin's story, click here.

Mental Health Scars Common After Cardiac Arrest

A quarter of cardiac arrest survivors suffer long-term psychological problems such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, a new review of research estimates.

This additional stress on recovering patients is under-diagnosed, researchers say, and doctors have few standard methods for identifying who is at risk.

"Anxiety, depression and PTSD are major concerns after cardiac arrest," said lead author Kathryn Wilder Schaaf, a postdoctoral fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University. "We have the tools to treat this, (so) it's important to make sure that it's identified," she added.

Many long-term care issues for survivors are unknown, experts said, largely because only 10 percent of the 382,800 Americans who suffer cardiac arrest each year survive.

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