Lisa Marie Presley Dies of Cardiac Arrest at Age 54

Very sad update to the news about Lisa Marie Presley. RIP. This family has had far too much grief.

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All major news outlets reporting that Lisa Marie Presley has died this afternoon after suffering cardiac arrest at her home this morning.  She was resuscitated at home, and then transported to a local hospital where she passed away.

It has previously been reported that Elvis himself carried a HCM causing gene.   Elvis’ genetic analysis was featured in a program by U.K.’s Channel 4 Television in 2014.  Elvis’ mother also died before age 50 of a “heart attack.”

Sending deepest condolences to Priscilla Presley, daughters Riley Keough, Harper Lockwood and Finley Lockwood.

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HCM Treatment: The View from OHSU

If you are looking for a good survey of current practices in the treatment of HCM, a recent article published in the journal Structural Heart by Dr. Ahmad Masri and the team at Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) provides an informative overview of thirty controversies and considerations in the treatment of HCM. This article explains in some detail how the doctors at this HCM Center approach these situations. 

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Risk of Cardiac Arrest Low During Sex

According to research presented this week at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions, the risk of dying from sudden cardiac arrest during or within 1 hour of sex is less than 1%.

The study, published by Dr. Sumeet Chugh of Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, looked at data collected in the Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study (Oregon SUDS) database between 2002 and 2015.

Dr. Chugh emphasized that survival was higher in the group of patients who received CPR, re-emphasizing the importance of teaching CPR in the general population.

For more details on this study, see these stories:

Newsweek

NBC News

Minn Post