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February 27th

From Fear to Faith… Reflections of a Wife and CPR Lay Rescuer | Jennifer Chap

I woke up today on Rick’s 4th re-birthday since his Sudden Cardiac Arrest on 2/27/12. I walked into our kitchen and just stared at the floor where it happened; and I wept. Today I am sharing my very personal side of our story that I have shared with very few… These feelings and memories are as visceral today as they were on the day it happened. As a wife and lay rescuer, I experienced the most spiritual moment of my life. It changed me. It gave me both hope and nightmares. It caused me to want to be more in life in the time Rick and I have left. From this experience, I came to understand the true meaning of gratitude. (Read on for more...)


February 24th

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Announces Grants to Schools for AEDs

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has announced the schools that will receive grants to acquire automated external defibrillators (AEDs) through its You Can Save a Life at School AED Grant Program, made possible by the Hillsdale Fund.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Announces Schools That Will Receive Grants for Defibrillators, Made Possible by the Hillsdale Fund

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has announced the schools that will receive grants for automated external defibrillators (AEDs), made possible by the Hillsdale Fund. AEDs are used to resuscitate victims of sudden cardiac arrest, the third leading cause of death in the U.S., which affects nearly 360,000 people each year, including 7,000 youth.

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has announced the schools that will receive grants to acquire automated external defibrillators (AEDs) through its You Can Save a Life at School AED Grant Program, made possible by the Hillsdale Fund.

February 23rd

Quality of Care for In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Varies Among U.S. Hospitals

Adherence to recommended care following an in-hospital cardiac arrest (IHCA) varies significantly among U.S. hospitals, and patients treated at hospitals with greater adherence to these recommendations have higher survival rates, according to a study published online by JAMA Cardiology

More than 200,000 patients are treated for IHCA annually in the United States. In-hospital cardiac arrest is associated with poor survival, yet survival to discharge rates vary among U.S. hospitals. Whether this variation is owing to differences in IHCA care quality is unknown. Some process-of-care measures, such as shorter time to defibrillation, are associated with better survival after IHCA.

Study Examines Heart Structure, Function of NBA Players

An analysis of the cardiac structure and function of more than 500 National Basketball Association (NBA) players provides information that can be incorporated into clinical assessments for the prevention of cardiac emergencies in basketball players and the athletic community at large, according to a study published online by JAMA Cardiology

Turn Five Minutes of Airport Downtime into a Lifesaving Layover

American Heart Association and Anthem Foundation Launch New Hands-Only CPR Training Kiosks at O’Hare, Atlanta and Three Other Airports

February 19th

Heart Attack Patients Are At Risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. But Ray's Story Brings Hope.

Ray 2. Death 0."

My recent blog described the difference between sudden cardiac arrest and a heart attack. One key distinction is that while the heart attack patient is awake and the heart is beating, the sudden cardiac arrest patient is not awake and the heart is not beating.

Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack, but the two conditions can be related: Heart attack patients face an increased risk of sudden cardiac arrest. 

February 5th

An Elegy for Maggie Dixon


The time cadets rushed on the court
To carry you off in a large tumult
Of crisp fatigues from long grey lines,

I’ll remember that one every time.

Too young to think you have to die,
Too young to be in poetry.
Too young to have a last regret,
Too young to die in your footsteps.

And now, and now you lie at rest
In honored soil that tears have blessed.
Now those who loved you carry you on
To courts they feel your spirit on.

They play each year inside your name.
They play for memory, and for fame.
And though your death still makes no sense,
Your life does make a difference.

February 3rd

Senior Doctors Expose 'Scandal' of Pacemaker Battery Life

The battery life of implantable heart monitors must be improved to reduce the need for replacement and the risks this carries for patients, argue two senior doctors in The BMJ today.

Cardiologists John Dean and Neil Sulke say over half of patients with pacemakers will need new batteries and many need several replacements. 

Not only is money wasted replacing batteries before they've expired, this "exposes patients to risk of serious complications, including life threatening infection," they warn.

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