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E-Newsletter    February 2023
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Editor's E-Note

CPR and Sudden Cardiac Arrest

If you visit the American Heart Association’s (AHA) website (heart.org) this month, you’ll notice that sudden cardiac arrest and the importance of learning CPR take center stage as the prominent message on its homepage in a variety of educational resources.

AHA’s website prompts visitors to join Buffalo Bills’ 24-year-old defensive back Damar Hamlin’s #3forHeart CPR Challenge to learn about CPR and how to perform it and donate to fund CPR education and training. Hamlin survived sudden cardiac arrest while playing an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals last month. To learn more about his story, read my editor’s note, “Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Athletes,” in the February digital edition.

Sudden cardiac arrest affects fewer than 1 in 100,000 pro athletes per year, but it also affects nonathletes—young and old.
In This E-Newsletter

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) features an article on a med student (now a physician) who suffered sudden cardiac arrest while playing a casual game of basketball. Bystanders who immediately performed CPR and used an automated external defibrillator (AED) to restore his heart’s natural rhythm saved his life.

This month’s focus on sudden cardiac arrest and CPR is a good reminder for RDs and especially sports RDs who work with athletes—whether at the collegiate or professional level—to spread the word. Providing education and encouraging sports team members to learn CPR and how to operate an AED is more crucial now than ever.

Please enjoy the E-Newsletter and give us your feedback at TDeditor@gvpub.com, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

— Judith Riddle, editor
E-News Exclusive

This Is What Cardiac Arrest Looks Like, and Why You Need to Know

By Michael Merschel, American Heart Association News

Anezi Uzendu, MD, shouldn’t be here to explain what a cardiac arrest looks like. He's alive only because strangers at a gym understood—and acted.

In 2016, Uzendu, then a 25-year-old medical resident, was playing a pickup basketball game at a gym in Birmingham, Alabama. He doesn't recall what happened, but he's told he scored, then collapsed.

"First, they kind of thought I was joking," he says. "But then they realized I wasn't breathing."

He'd just become one of roughly 350,000 US adults annually who have an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. In most cases, the story—and the patient's life—ends there. Uzendu's did not because of what happened next.

"People at the gym recognized that I was having a cardiac arrest and started CPR," he says. "There was a defibrillator at the gym, and they attached it, and they used it." His heart was shocked twice before emergency workers arrived.

Saving his life took what Uzendu calls "heroic" efforts by those workers and the emergency department where he was taken. Three weeks later, he was discharged. Today, he’s an interventional cardiologist completing a research fellowship at Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Missouri.

Field Notes


Chronic Inflammation May Lead to Low Milk Production in Breast‑Feeding Moms

A new study by researchers at Penn State and the University of Cincinnati showed that inflammation in lactating mothers with obesity may contribute to low milk production. The researchers found that obesity is a risk factor for insufficient milk production in lactating mothers. In people with obesity, chronic inflammation starts in the body’s fat and spreads via circulation to organs and systems throughout the body, according to the research team. Previous research showed that inflammation may disrupt the absorption of fatty acids from the blood into body tissues.

Fatty acids are essential to creating and accessing energy needed throughout the body. In lactating women, fatty acids serve as the building blocks for the fats needed to feed a growing infant. The researchers hypothesized that inflammation may negatively impact milk production by preventing absorption of the fatty acids into the milk-producing mammary glands.

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