cardiac arrest

sports medicine
10:24 am
Tue April 23, 2013

College athletes urged to get high-tech heart test

A portable electrocardiogram machine tests UW students for hidden heart ailments
Keith Seinfeld kplu

College and high school athletes are typically in top physical shape. Except a few have an invisible heart condition that can lead to sudden cardiac arrest, where they drop dead on the court or field.

A new study by a group of physicians led by a team doctor for the University of Washington Huskies recommends all student athletes get a high-tech heart scan called an electrocardiogram, or EKG.

The catch is their doctors probably need additional training.

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Health news
7:54 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Dispatchers' CPR coaching saves lives when every minute counts

Becky Cole was eight months pregnant with her son Ryan when she passed out. Her husband performed CPR for six minutes with the help of a dispatcher before medics arrived.
Courtesy of Medic One Foundation

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 7:09 am

Your chances of surviving a sudden heart attack may depend on where you live; some American cities have survival rates five times higher than others. One difference can be 911 dispatchers.

If they coach someone over the phone to give CPR, the chance of surviving goes up. There's now a push to make it universal, but some cities are slow to implement the necessary training.

Becky Cole was eight months pregnant with her fourth child when she collapsed against the bathroom door. It was January 2011 in the Seattle suburb of Woodinville.

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I Wonder Why ... ?
4:30 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Why are the odds of surviving a heart attack better in the NW?

Medic One launched in 1970 with a converted mobile-home as the rescue unit. That didn’t work out because it was unstable. The agency got it right, in the end.

In 1974, CBS’ 60 Minutes declared Seattle was the best place in the world to suffer a heart attack. Nearly forty years later, the reputation persists – and experts are still claiming Seattle is tops in saving victims of cardiac arrest.

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cardiac arrest
3:40 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

You're part of a cardiac arrest experiment in King, like it or not

If your heart stops beating and you’re treated by paramedics in the next few years, which treatment you get may depend on a coin flip. Once again, King County residents are part of  a national study of how best to resuscitate someone from cardiac arrest.

A coin flip sounds pretty random – and that’s actually on purpose. 

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Emergency Medicine
1:21 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

If your heart stops, be in Seattle (but help's coming for the rest)

American Red Cross "hands-only" CPR training, using an inflatable mannequin
Haraz N. Ghanbari AP

If your heart suddenly stops beating, your chances of getting revived are better in King County than in the rest of Washington.

The Seattle area has one of the highest survival rates from cardiac arrest in the country. Now, a new campaign in Washington aims to boost survival from cardiac arrest by 50-percent in the rest of the state. 

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