Archive - May 22, 2012

Archive - May 22, 2012

PA Governor Tom Corbett to Sign HB 1610 into Law

HARRISBURG – Legislation marking Pennsylvania as the first state in the country to protect student athletes from sudden cardiac arrest is now on its way to the governor, as Rep. Mike Vereb’s (R-Montgomery) House Bill 1610 today passed through the General Assembly with minimal debate. 

“Sudden cardiac arrest syndrome is a force to be reckoned with and I’m glad my colleagues agree that my legislation is needed to raise more awareness about this potentially fatal disease,” said Vereb. “For instance, earlier this month, 26-year-old Alexander Dale Oen, a world champion swimmer who was one of Norway’s top medal hopes for the London Olympics, died during training camp because of sudden cardiac arrest.” 

Study Identifies Risk Factor for Sudden Cardiac Death in Men

The risk of sudden cardiac death is higher in men whose electrical impulses travel more slowly through the lower chambers of the heart, a new study indicates.

Electrical impulses travel through the heart and cause it to pump blood through its four chambers. The impulses, or waves, have distinct patterns and can be measured using an electrocardiogram (ECG). The waves traveling through the heart's lower chambers (ventricles) are shown on the ECG as the "QRS" complex.

In the new study, more than 2,000 Finnish men, aged 42 to 60, were followed for 19 years. During that time, 156 of the men died from sudden cardiac death, in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating.

Lack of something else to do is not why athletes practice.

The wide range of survival rates for out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest victims demonstrates that some folks are doing the right things and some folks are not.

If you live in a house with one or more other people, their lives may well depend upon how practiced you are at responding to their sudden cardiac arrest. (I can hear some of you saying "Yeah. Sure. And what are the odds of that.?" Actually, each of us has a nigher-than-ten percent chance of seeing a family member, friend, or associate drop dead in front of our eyes. Also, keep in mind that 66% of all out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur in the home.)

So let's all get ready by practicing!

Everybody in the household needs to know how to recognize when someone has arrested. (They suddenly become non-responsive and they either stop breathing or they stop breathing normally. Not breathing normally can mean the longest darn exhale you've ever heard or just an occasional gasp.)

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