One study in 2009 found 45,000 people died every year for lack of health insurance.
It may take five or more minutes before an emergency department in Los Angeles gets to the scene of a fresh incident. It
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."
You can save a life by learning to recognize these conditions and being prepared to take appropriate action.
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.
I had my surgery. They put a metal box in my chest the size of a deck of cards. I was lying in the recovery room, numb. Not upset, not anxious, not thinking about what I was doing that weekend. I was just numb and alone.
Bystander intervention can mean the difference between life and death.
A box won't define me anymore. I won't feel like I'm carrying a small "purse" or camera anymore. It will be implanted inside me. The defibrillator will be part of me. I may face new obstacles in my recovery, but with two heart-related operations in six months under my belt, I've become a stronger person -- inside and out.
Why is bystander intervention so important? Sudden cardiac arrest victims need to receive CPR and defibrillation within a few minutes of collapse to maximize the chances for neurologically intact survival.
Rain and fear on a summer afternoon. Could a defibrillator really look like a bomb? Of course not, you say. But still we worry and wonder.