It turns out that Dr. John Warner, President of the AHA, was unable to continue his hosting of the last American Heart Association's scientific sessions not because he had a "mild" heart attack as was previously reported. In fact, as reported now in a American Heart Association PSA - Dr. Warner DIED the second morning of the scientific session, and realistically is only alive today because he DIED in a hotel filled with physicians responsive enough and skilled in delivering near immediate life-saving CPR. The PSA makes the important point about more people taking the opportunity to learn how to do CPR. You see, only 32% of people who have an episode of what's called SUDDEN DEATH receive CPR outside the hospital. So there's lots of opportunity for improvement on that front. The sorry statistic that is left out, though, is the fact that only 8% of people survive their out of hospital episode of SUDDEN DEATH. Even if we got everyone CPR, we'd only have about 25% of folks back from the dead. So why wait until they're dead?
The said truth is that the current standard of care does a terrible job of identifying people at risk for sudden cardiac death. However, that is NOT the STATE OF THE ART care, just the standard. There are technologies available to give us a better leg up - I talked about some of those in my previous blog from December.
Do not rely on the standard of care to keep you safe - you owe it to yourself to identify your risks, your underlying conditions that remain undiscovered (and unexplored), and to take action once the information is available. While I would love if you would consider letting me assist in that discovery, I am only asking that you start the process. TAKE ACTION! The chances of surviving the "mild" heart attack just isn't very good.
Bruce L. Feldman, MD
Dr Bruce is an advocate for health. You need to be your own health advocate. His blog offers his opinions and insights on numerous topics he believes might be of interest. Hope you agree!