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Posted: Jan 31, 2023

Ask An Expert: What Is Commotio Cordis?

With Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Sarasota Memorial Hospital Jeffrey Sell, MD

With the collapse of Buffalo Bills’ safety Damar Hamlin on live television, a new and scary cardiac phenomenon entered the public lexicon—commotio cordis. The idea that a sudden impact to the chest could cause sudden cardiac arrest left parents wondering about the safety of their child’s athletics. We spoke to Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s chief of cardiothoracic surgery, Dr. Jeffrey Sell, to learn more.

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Posted: Nov 15, 2022

Save Yourself! The Great American Smokeout Is Coming!

The best time to quit tobacco is the day you started; the second best time is now.

As of the latest FDA studies, tobacco use remains the #1 cause of preventable death in the US. And each day, roughly 1,600 youth smoke their first cigarette. Fortunately, studies also show that smoking cessation programs work, which is why Sarasota Memorial partners with the Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center to host The Great American Smokeout every year.

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Posted: Sep 13, 2022

Protecting Student-Athletes From Sudden Cardiac Arrest

SMH & ACSP partner for Cardiac Athletic Screening for Adolescents

Nearly 2,000 children and adolescents die from sudden cardiac arrest each year, with student-athletes being at particular risk. That’s why Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Specialty Physicians team up each year to present Cardiac Athletic Screening for Adolescents, or CASA, as an opportunity for parents to have their children evaluated for risk of sudden cardiac arrest, free of charge, and to schedule whatever follow-up care they may need.

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Posted: Mar 8, 2022

Falls & Blood Thinners: How to Prevent & How to Respond

With SMH Geriatrics Program Coordinator Tanya Hofmann, MSN and Nursing Quality Specialist Tricia Morgan, BSN

While blood thinners can be great for maintaining cardiovascular health, they can make a bad fall that much more dangerous. Make sure you know how to help and what to look for.

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Posted: Feb 22, 2022

An Aspirin A Day Keeps The Doctor Away? | New Recommendations on Managing Cardiovascular Risk with Daily Aspirin

With Cardiologist Chippy Ajithan, MD

A daily regimen of low-dose aspirin has long been promoted as a safe and effective way for people over the age of 50 to lower their risk of heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular problems, but the US Preventive Services Task Force has issued new recommendations

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