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iPods and Other Digital Media Players Safe for ICD Patients

April 4, 2008­–­WASHINGTON, D.C.–Digital media players are safe for use by patients with pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) according to new research published in the April issue of the Heart Rhythm Journal. Despite recent concerns raised about the potential for dangerous interactions between digital media players and… Read More

I Am Thankful to be Alive!

Kathleen Skenesky – Krum, TX – 58 at the time of the event (April 2, 2005) I am a nurse and was working that night. (I worked nights.) I was on my way to get ice for a patient, and the next thing I knew it was a week later. I was found by a co-worker, blue and with a big gash in my head (from falling). They called a “code” and from… Read More

The Best Payoff Ever

Ron Dundon, Kalamazoo, MI ­– 53 at the time of the event (February 9, 2003) Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) took my life. I was one of the lucky few to survive. I was playing in a hockey game and was saved by three other players. Since that fateful night, SCA has been my enemy. Upon learning the statistics behind the tragedy, I was driven to… Read More

Using Laughter to Raise Awareness

Tracey Conway – Seattle, WA – 38 at the time of the event (January 21, 1995) It is not unusual for celebrities who suffer a health crisis to become an advocate to promote the awareness, research and management of that disease or condition. Lance Armstrong uses his fame as a cyclist to help find a cure for the cancer that devastated him a decade… Read More

AHA Recommends Hands-Only CPR for Bystanders

April 1, 2008­–DALLAS–Chest compressions alone, or Hands-Only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), can save lives and can be used to help an adult who suddenly collapses, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement. View the Science Advisory here The statement, from the association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC)… Read More

AEDs and CPR Are Equally Helpful for SCA in the Home

Study Finds AEDs Underused at Home April 1, 2008­–CHICAGO­–The first study to explore the use of automated external defibrillator (AEDs) in the home has found that although the safe and easy-to-use devices are effective for certain types of cardiac arrest, they were underused. The Home Automated External Defibrillator Trial (HAT), a randomized… Read More

Till Death Due Us Part..And Then Some

Survivor to Celebrate 85th Birthday March 17th On January 16, 2007, my 84-year-old husband, Jerome Liebowitz, who had suffered a massive heart attack and six by-pass surgery in 2000, plus an attack of congestive heart failure in 2001, went into sudden cardiac arrest as we were sitting in our kitchen talking. I could see his body shudder and his… Read More


Mike Papale – Wallingsford, CT – 17 at the time of the event (August 24, 2006) I have no recollection of the day that changed my life forever. I’ll only be able to tell the stories that I’ve heard. People have told me to play the Lotto because there was a one in a million chance that I would survive. Although I’ve had many experiences that… Read More

Still in the Game

David Belkin – Bethesda, MD – 65 at the time of the event (February 18, 2007) I am a recent survivor of SCA (sudden cardiac arrest). Interestingly enough, I just came from my first visit with my electrophysiologist and when I referred to SCA, he looked puzzled. I said it referred to sudden cardiac arrest. He said he knew it as SCD or sudden… Read More

The Anniversary of a Loved One's Death Can Trigger Sudden Death

March 29, 2008­–CHICAGO, Il–If the date of a loved one’s passing is approaching, beware. The anniversary of the death of a close family member, especially a mother or father, is a significant trigger for Sudden Death (SD), especially in men, according to research presented today at the American College of Cardiology’s 57th Annual Scientific… Read More