Archive - 2018

Archive - 2018

December 27th

Cardiac arrest at Masters Golf Tournament

My life changing event Sudden Cardiac Arrest presented itself on April 6th, 2018. It was a gorgeous morning, dew on the ground, cool temperatures and the greatest scenery your eyes could endure. God had his hand making sure that if this was my calling that the surroundings could have not been more spectacular than to be at Amen corner at the Masters. The morning was normal at least that is what my wife and friends had told me, 6 days later when I awoke from a self enduced coma. I was told just before the sudden cardiac arrest that my words started slurring and I stumbled when I was walking. I stopped and that’s when it hit me, like someone had chopped my legs out from under me from the backside, like a tree falling to the ground. When falling all my weight must have gone into my elbow and back of head. My wife bless her soul was watching me die right in front of her.

December 18th

Should Pacemakers, Defibrillators Be Recycled – And Reused in Others?

Reuse and recycle. Americans employ the concept on nearly everything. Now, medical researchers are working hard to apply it to pacemakers and defibrillators.

Millions of sick people in low-income nations suffer or die each year because they can't afford these implantable medical devices that could help regulate their heartbeat. Researchers argue that many people could be saved if they had access to the tens of thousands of pacemakers and defibrillators removed annually from Americans who have either died or received an upgraded device.

Study: Risk of Heart Attack, Cardiac Arrest Increases on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

NOTE: The following article was originally published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and states there is a high risk of both heart attacks and cardiac arrest at Christmastime. However, the original article it references, which appeared in the British Medical Journal, refers to heart attacks only. While heart attacks can lead to sudden cardiac arrest, they are very different conditions, requiring different responses. We apologize for any confusion.

December 13th

Shaquille O'Neal's Son, Shareef, Sends Out Message After Undergoing Heart Surgery

Shareef O’Neal, son of NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille, appears to be doing well after undergoing heart surgery Thursday.

December 9th

AHA Launches New Video to Increase Bystander CPR Among Millennial Women

Research shows that women are less likely to receive bystander CPR in public

DALLAS, TX--A new American Heart Association video spotlights the crucial role of bystander CPR among women in light of research findings that show gender disparities in bystander CPR response in public. The powerful video, produced by the American Heart Association, in conjunction with Anthem Foundation, looks to encourage millennial women to learn Hands-Only CPR because they may serve as a first responder if they witness an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

December 6th

ECG App and Irregular Heart Rhythm Notification Available Today on Apple Watch

Starting today, the ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 marks the first direct-to-consumer product that enables customers to take an electrocardiogram right from their wrist, capturing heart rhythm in a moment when they experience symptoms like a rapid or skipped heart beat and helping to provide critical data to physicians. The irregular rhythm notification feature on Apple Watch can now also occasionally check heart rhythms in the background and send a notification if an irregular heart rhythm that appears to be atrial fibrillation (AFib) is identified.

December 4th

The Legacy of Maggie Dixon

Maggie Dixon, a 28-year-old women’s basketball coach at the United States Military Academy, led the West Point team to its first appearance in the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Four weeks later, Maggie died suddenly, leaving behind a devastated family and a group of heartbroken players. Despite their tragic loss, friends, family, and team members took comfort in knowing that the values Maggie instilled in themselves and others would live on.

December 3rd

Bill Requiring Hotels to Have AEDs in Populated Locations Clears Assembly Panel

TRENTON, NJ--To protect the lives of New Jersey's hotel patrons, Assembly Members Joann Downey, Eric Houghtaling and Gabriela Mosquera have sponsored legislation ensuring hotels have automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the most populated areas of hotels. The bill cleared the Assembly Gaming, Tourism and the Arts Committee Monday.

"We must do everything in our abilities to protect the lives of New Jersey's residents," said Downey, D-Monmouth. "As shown by the tragic death of Michael Anthony Fornicola, AEDs can mean the difference between life and death, and this bill is in the interest of all New Jerseyans."

Long-term side effect make living hard

10 years ago after I suffered from Sudden Cardiac Arrest and was without oxygen for 11 minutes, I woke up from my medical induced coma with little visual side effects. I was able to breath, talk, and walk within my 11 day hospital stay. When I got home I would suddenly lose strength in my legs and arms after I woke up. When I talked to my doctor they sent me to a neurologist. After a few tests, I was told they didn't know what was wrong and since they couldn't do an MRI because I have an ICD there was nothing they could do.

Running a Marathon Can Increase Cardiac Strain in Amateur Runners

Study Highlights:

  • Amateurs running full-length marathons could be significantly raising levels of several key biomarkers of cardiac strain.
  • Levels of two proteins – troponin I and troponin T– were highest after runners completed a full marathon compared to a half marathon, and a 10K race, as were other biomarkers of cardiac stress.

DALLAS, December 3, 2018 —Full marathons may significantly raise concentrations of several biomarkers of strain on the heart, according to new research in Circulation, Journal of the American Heart Association.

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