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Men at 40 Face 1-in-8 Chance of Cardiac Death

Most causes preventable, many cases have warning signs

(Newser) - A 40-year-old American male has a one-in-eight chance of sudden cardiac death in his lifetime, according to a new study that's stunned even cardiologists, one of whom calls it "fairly astonishing data." The study shows women's odds much lower at one in 24, and black men's risk even...

Taser Tells Cops: Don't Aim at Chest
Taser Tells Cops: Don't
Aim at Chest

Taser Tells Cops: Don't Aim at Chest

Company cites 'extremely low risk' but insists stun gun is safe

(Newser) - Stun gun maker Taser has issued an advisory to police departments suggesting cops not aim at a suspect’s chest because it poses an "extremely low" chance of triggering an "adverse cardiac event." The company insists its product is safe, but if something goes wrong, "it...

Jackson Doc Gives LAPD the Brushoff
Jackson Doc Gives LAPD
the Brushoff

Jackson Doc Gives LAPD the Brushoff

Murray may face manslaughter charge if linked to anesthetic

(Newser) - The doctor by Michael Jackson's side when he went into cardiac arrest may face manslaughter charges if the LAPD concludes he gave the pop star a powerful anesthetic, TMZ reports. Dr. Conrad Murray isn’t cooperating with authorities, sources say, but investigators have evidence linking him to Propofol, a drug...

Firm Mulls Release of Final Jackson Rehearsal

Concert promoter could earn millions from CD, DVD sales

(Newser) - Even in death, Michael Jackson may earn million of dollars for the company that was producing and promoting his comeback tour, The Wrap reports. The singer’s last rehearsal, recorded in Los Angeles the day before he died of heart failure Thursday, could be released as his last album. “...

911 Call: Jackson Wasn't Breathing

(Newser) - An emergency caller from Michael Jackson's home yesterday said he wasn't breathing or responding to efforts to revive him. The Los Angeles Fire Department released the audio of the 911 call today. The caller reported that Jackson—whose name he didn't use—was on a bed, wasn't breathing, and wasn't...

Jacko's Death Could Cost Comeback Promoter Millions

Star's death may invalidate insurance on 50-gig London comeback

(Newser) - Michael Jackson's death will be either "horrible or really horrible" for the promoters who set up his 50-concert comeback, depending on how watertight their insurance is, industry insiders tell Billboard. AEG Live has already paid out an estimated $30 million in production costs, as well as a $10...

Jackson Died 'After Demerol Injection'

Family lawyer warned that Jackson had 'issues' with prescription drugs

(Newser) - Michael Jackson's heart attack death occurred after an injection of the powerful prescription painkiller Demerol at his home, a source at the UCLA Medical Center tells the Sun. Desperate aides and a personal physician on the scene gave the singer CPR after his collapse, and made a panic-stricken call to...

Michael Jackson Dead at 50
 Michael Jackson Dead at 50 
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Michael Jackson Dead at 50

(Newser) - Michael Jackson died today after suffering cardiac arrest at home and arriving at the hospital in a deep coma, report TMZ and the Los Angeles Times. The King of Pop, 50, was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital this afternoon after collapsing. A police rep said he was not breathing...

ADHD Drugs Linked to Teen Sudden Death

Children, teens who died suddenly likelier to have been on meds that those killed in car crashes

(Newser) - A new study suggests that taking ADHD drugs like Ritalin puts young people at a higher risk of sudden cardiac death, WebMd reports. Children in the study who died suddenly and inexplicably were six to seven times likelier to have been taking ADHD medication containing stimulants.

Study: Rage Can Be Fatal
 Study: Rage Can Be Fatal  

Study: Rage Can Be Fatal

Anger shown to cause irregular heartbeats with the potential for cardiac arrest

(Newser) - Anger really can kill you, a new study suggests. Researchers monitored the heart patterns of patients suffering from heart conditions and discovered that electrical instability in the heart increased when the patients were asked to relive angry episodes. Those who had the strongest reactions were 10 times more likely to...

Usher Wife Was in Coma After Liposuction Heart Attack

She's recovering now with family at her side

(Newser) - Usher's wife was in a coma following a heart attack during liposuction surgery, according to the latest details to emerge in the medical emergency at a Brazilian hospital, reports Stuff.co.nz. Tameka Foster went into cardiac and respiratory arrest as she was being anesthetized, Brazilian papers are reporting. Doctors...

Swimmer Dies During NYC Triathlon
Swimmer Dies During NYC Triathlon

Swimmer Dies During NYC Triathlon

First death in race's 8-year history may be due to cardiac arrest

(Newser) - An Argentinian man died after experiencing difficulties midway through the swim portion of the New York Triathlon yesterday, the Daily News reports. He was pulled out of the water after fellow swimmers noticed him struggling, and was pronounced dead at a hospital. Initial reports indicate that cardiac arrest was the...

Sunshine Likely Prevents Heart Attacks

Vitamin D level is key, researchers say

(Newser) - Plenty of sunshine could be one key to heart health, according to a new study. Research has linked low levels of vitamin D—the "sunshine vitamin"—to an increased risk of heart attacks, reports Web MD. Men with low levels of vitamin D ran twice the risk of...

Pre-Drug Heart Checks Urged for ADHD Kids

Ritalin and other stimulants carry slight risk of cardiac trouble

(Newser) - Children with ADHD should have their hearts checked for abnormalities before starting treatment with Ritalin or other stimulants, the American Heart Association warns. Serious heart problems have occurred in only a small fraction of the millions of children being treated for ADHD, but the group's experts say it's enough for...

Skip Liplock, 'Go for the Heart' to Save a Life

Chest compressions key in heart attack CPR, says health group

(Newser) - Reluctant bystanders can skip mouth-to-mouth resuscitation if they witness someone collapse from a heart attack, but should attempt "hands-only" CPR to save a life, the American Heart Association has recommended.  With less than a third of cardiac arrest victims receiving any form of CPR before it's too late,...

Heart Assn. Wants You to Learn CPR
Heart Assn. Wants You to Learn CPR

Heart Assn. Wants You to Learn CPR

Just 15-30% of cardiac arrest victims get lifesaving treatment

(Newser) - Spurred by the "woefully inadequate" number of cardiac arrest victims who receive CPR from a bystander—only 15% to 30%—the American Heart Association is calling for a push to increase and improve CPR training in the US, Reuters reports. The low CPR rate is an “enormous missed...

Study: Hospitals Too Slow to Shock Hearts

30% of cardiac arrests receiving care too late

(Newser) - American hospitals are taking too long to revive the hearts of patients who suffer cardiac arrest, a study finds. Electric shock from a defibrillator can restart a stopped heart, but only if it is done quickly. The American Heart Association recommends that patients in cardiac arrest receive treatment within two...

Marathoner Who Died Was Hauled to Wrong ER

Collapsed runner's ambulance got lost

(Newser) - Earlier this month at the sweltering Chicago Marathon, the ambulance transporting the runner who died got lost, had to get directions from another ambulance, and eventually ended up in the wrong emergency room. The man was in full cardiac arrest when the ambulance arrived on the scene and was, according...

Simple Technique Could Bypass Cardiac Arrest

Restricting arm blood circulation helps heart in surgery—and attacks, docs hope

(Newser) - A simple technique temporarily restricting the arm's blood supply before heart bypass surgery significantly improves the chances of a full recovery—and could one day be used to prevent cardiac arrest, reports the Guardian. The technique uses cycles of arm compressions with cuffs to remotely restrict  blood flow to the...

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