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Heart Attack or Sudden Cardiac Arrest: How Are They Different?
What is a heart attack? A heart attack occurs when a blocked artery prevents oxygen-rich blood from reaching a section of the heart. If the blocked artery is not reopened quickly, the part of the heart normally nourished by that artery begins to die. The longer a person goes without treatment, the greater...
14 Jun 2012
Spotlight: Rebecca and Brian, Delaware
Rebecca and Brian My son Brian went into sudden cardiac arrest on May 2, 2010, at the age of 15. He was not an athlete, had no prior health issues and was seen by his pediatrician only 2 weeks earlier for allergies. He walked down the street to a friend's house where there was a family picnic...
25 Jul 2013
Advocate Spotlight: Lee Meadows, Ohio
Lee Meadows Ohio After my recovery from open heart surgery in 1999, I wanted to give back the support that I received so I joined Mended Hearts, a group that offers much needed emotional support to those recovering from heart disease. I have been an accredited visitor in local hospitals ever since...
22 Sep 2013
Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month: What is cardiac arrest?
October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month. Many people confuse cardiac arrest with a heart attack. Let's take a look at the differences. What is cardiac arrest? Cardiac arrest is the abrupt loss of heart function in a person who may or may not have diagnosed heart disease . The time and...
6 Oct 2013
Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month: The Importance of AEDs
This month is cardiac arrest awareness month. Several posts have dealt with key issues related to cardiac arrests. Now, let's focus on the importance of Automated External Defibrillators or AEDs. An AED is a lightweight and portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the...
21 Oct 2013
Advocates in Action: Mr. Embleton goes to Washington
My experience in DC was one of the most uplifting and energizing experiences I have ever had. I hope to participate in future years. Attending the Rally for Medical Research was important to me because my family has been impacted by heart disease. None of the males in the last four generations of my...
28 Oct 2013
Advocate Spotlight: John Pribanic
John Pribanic At 104 years old, John Pribanic is an inspiration and a model of one who has lived and fought to maintain an active and heart-healthy life. Several years ago, he was diagnosed with a heart murmur and high blood pressure and was supposed to undergo surgery to insert a pacemaker. However...
4 Nov 2013
Advocate Spotlight: Tony Lindeman, Ohio
Tony Lindeman Ohio The morning of September 29, 2012, started like all my previous 16,911 days as I woke up before my alarm, jumped out of bed and was soon ready to take on the challenges of the day. My first challenge that day was completing...
2 Dec 2013
Advocate Spotlight: Mark Shacklette
Mark Shacklette In February of 1967, my father, Dr. Charles L. Shacklette, died of a heart attack. He was only 45 years old and I was only 14 months old. In November of 2007, I also had a heart attack: a "widow-maker." And this still happened despite all the precautions I had taken. I was...
21 Jan 2014
Advocate Spotlight: Kathy Minx and Al Lessie
Kathy Minx and Al Lessie My husband, Al, has very high cholesterol - around 450! It is from his mother's side of the family and no one on that side of the family lived past age 50. He had already had a major heart attack at age 31 and had open heart surgery at that time. He was actually one of...
6 Mar 2014
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