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Marathoners at Slim Risk of Cardiac Arrest

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11 (HealthDay News) -- If you're a healthy distance runner, your chances of dying from sudden cardiac arrest during a race are extremely slim, a new study indicates.

In the last decade, one of every 259,000 runners who competed in a U.S. marathon or half-marathon died, the researchers found. And most who collapsed had underlying heart disease.

The findings should reassure those who participate in the sport -- and many do, with more than 450,000 U.S. finishes a year, according to...

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11 (HealthDay News) -- If you're a healthy distance runner, your chances of dying from sudden cardiac arrest during a race are extremely slim, a new study indicates.

In the last decade, one of every 259,000 runners who...

9-1-1 Dispatchers Can Save More Lives by Coaching Bystanders in CPR

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January 09, 2012

Statement Highlights:Dispatchers should help 9-1-1 callers identify cardiac arrest victims and coach callers to provide immediate CPR.If more dispatchers followed these processes, thousands of lives could be saved every year.Communities should regularly evaluate 9-1-1 emergency dispatchers’ performance and the overall emergency response system, according to a new American Heart Association statement.

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Coronary Artery Anomalies

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A coronary artery anomaly (CAA) is a defect in one or more of the coronary arteries of the heart. The defect is congenital (present at birth). CAAs may relate to the origin (where the artery "springs up" in the heart) or the location of the coronary artery. However, the term CAA can be used to describe any defects in a coronary artery, such as an abnormal size or shape. They are often found in patients with other congenital heart diseases.  

Another name for a CAA is an anomalous...

Alcohol, Obesity Major Causes of Sudden Heart Death

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TUESDAY, Oct. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity and alcohol consumption are among the leading causes of sudden cardiac death not caused by coronary artery disease, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed data from autopsies of almost 2,700 people in Finland who died of sudden cardiac death -- in which the heart abruptly stops beating and death occurs rapidly -- between 1998 and 2007, along with the patients' hospital records and questionnaires completed by their relatives.

Coronary artery...

Sudden Cardiac Arrest More Common in Poorer Neighborhoods

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Residents of lower income neighborhoods are more likely to experience sudden cardiac arrest, a new study finds.

Sudden cardiac arrest is different from a heart attack. In sudden cardiac arrest, the heart stops beating and circulation of blood and oxygen to the brain and vital organs ceases, often leading to death within moments.

In the study, researchers from the United States and Canada analyzed 9,235 cases of sudden cardiac arrest in four U.S...