Less than seven minutes into an NHL game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Dallas Stars, Rich Peverley of the Stars was sitting on the bench waiting to return to the ice when his heart stopped beating. He was in cardiac arrest.
Heart attack patients should ask their doctors about the risk of sudden cardiac arrest and how best to prevent it. Ray's doctors recognized the risk, and he is alive today because of it: "I did what the doctors told me, and it saved my life."
“I am sorry I failed you. I'm sorry you lost your life so soon.”
During this week alone, about 6,250 unsuspecting victims will suffer SCA, most of them (70 percent) at home. Their hearts will unexpectedly stop beating and blood will no longer flow to the brain and throughout the body.
A few days after the 2011 Bay to Breakers, her direct line at the hospital rang. "Do you remember that guy at the Bay to Breakers who died at the finish line?" a man said. "That was me." Stunned doesn't even begin to describe her reaction.
Last year on Mother's Day, I contacted one of your colleagues by leaving a message with an answering service that I had bad
It only takes a few minutes to learn the basics of CPR. So as you prepare to share the company of family and friends this holiday season, consider this: The best gift you could bring to any party is knowing how to save a life.
The story you are about to read is one I wish with all my heart I didn't have to tell. It's hard to find the right words. Thoughts and emotions tangle and grasp my stomach in a tight knot. Tears begin to flow when I think of those beautiful eyes, the expression of gentleness.
We hear it far too often: A young athlete collapses and dies, their youth and athleticism proving to be a cruel camouflage for a time bomb ticking within their seemingly-invincible body. Sadder still is the realization that thousands of more youngsters meet similar fates without warranting headlines.
Bystander intervention can mean the difference between life and death.
The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has launched a petition to the FDA to keep automated external defibrillators (AEDs) readily accessible for victims of sudden unexpected cardiac arrest, rather than increase regulatory hurdles that will hinder their deployment.
At this time of the year, as we think about the gifts we can give to others, let's consider making a true gift from the heart by equipping them to give the greatest gift of all - the gift of life.
What are your odds of surviving cardiac arrest? In major cities in North America, your chances are around nine percent.