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National News / Health

Wednesday, 18 June, 2008 1:02 PM

Tim Russert's Death Provides Important Opportunity to Increase Public Awareness of How to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Graphic courtesy of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association

SCAA Fact Sheet: Sudden cardiac arrest vs. Heart Attack

 

WASHINGTON -- The untimely death of NBC News executive Tim Russert has placed the public health crisis of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) at the forefront of media coverage, dinner table conversations and physicians' offices around the country.

To further public knowledge, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA) is making available for media interviews Matthew Felling - a media commentator and frequent Washington, DC radio host - seen often on CNN and other major outlets. By all appearances, 34-year-old Felling is the picture of health and fitness. Yet he has a personal history of heart disease, procedures and arrhythmia which makes him all the more aware of the risks of sudden cardiac arrest and the importance of preventative health care and healthy lifestyle habits.

A seasoned media professional, Matthew is available to speak on-camera, in addition to other broadcast and print reporters about his personal experience. This is an important chance for the media to inform viewers and readers about the indicators that might put them at risk for sudden cardiac arrest and how to best seek the appropriate medical treatment.

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) annually kills more than 300,000 Americans, and its death rate exceeds that of breast cancer, lung cancer and HIV/AIDS combined. SCA has many causes, but a history of heart disease is an important risk factor.

Source: Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association

 

American Heart Association Extends Sympathy to Family of Journalist Tim Russert

DALLAS -- Volunteers and staff of the American Heart Association extend their sympathy to the family and friends of national television journalist Tim Russert who died suddenly on Friday.

"Tim Russert was a respected and honored journalist and we are deeply saddened by this loss," said Dan Jones, M.D., president of the American Heart Association. "He was an ardent champion for those issues that touched all of our lives, including healthcare. In fact, he felt passionately that the media should serve as a champion for asking the tough questions on these issues. More importantly, he was passionate about his love for his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time."

Media reports suggest that Russert died suddenly of a heart attack. While many heart attacks can be prevented before they occur, or treated while in progress to halt or lessen the damage, not all can; coronary heart disease is still the number one killer of men, accounting for more than half of all deaths among men. More than 50 percent of all men who die of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms.

For more information on heart attacks and cardiovascular disease, visit www.americanheart.org.

Source: American Heart Association

 

Pelosi Statement on Death of Tim Russert

WASHINGTON -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement on the death of Tim Russert:

"Today, broadcast journalism lost one of its giants, who will be remembered along with names like Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, and David Brinkley. The City of Buffalo has also lost its favorite son, who loved his city and its hometown team, the Bills. The smile that came across Tim's face whenever he spoke of the place of his birth and his favorite football team was one of true joy and I will never forget it.

"Tim Russert embodied the very best in broadcast journalism and has been a fixture in millions of living rooms every Sunday morning on 'Meet the Press,' an institution that he shaped into one of the most influential news and opinion programs of our time. A stellar journalist, Tim also touched our hearts with his loving portrait of his father in the best-selling book, 'Big Russ and Me.'"

"To everyone at NBC News, who today lost not only a colleague, but a true friend, I offer my deepest condolences. Most of all, my thoughts are with Tim's wife, Maureen, and his son, Luke. I hope it is some comfort that so many throughout the world have the Russert family in their thoughts and prayers at this difficult time."

Source: Office of the Speaker of the House

 

Newt Gingrich Statement on the Passing of Tim Russert

HOUSTON -- Anyone who knew Tim Russert personally and the millions who knew him from his years at NBC News knew that he loved life and lived every moment of it. Even though he had reached the professional pinnacle of the political news world, you always knew and he always knew that he was just a kid from Buffalo and he never forgot it.

Tim was genuinely charming but as anyone who came to the set of Meet the Press unprepared can tell you, he was direct, tough and gave no quarter. His experience working with Gov. Mario Cuomo and Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan gave him an insight few in the journalism world can match.

It is particularly poignant to lose such a dedicated father and a son who so honored his father in his book "Big Russ and Me" just before Father's Day.

Tim's life serves as a model and a reminder for everyone to cherish the ones you love.
I considered him my friend and I will miss him. Callista and I are praying for him and those who loved him.

Source: Gingrich Communications

 

RNC Statement on the Passing of Tim Russert

WASHINGTON -- RNC Chairman Robert M. "Mike" Duncan released the following statement today:

"On behalf of the members and staff of the Republican Party, I extend our thoughts and prayers to the family and colleagues of Tim Russert. His sudden death is a loss that will be felt throughout the journalism and political worlds. His reputation for fairness, accuracy and hard work earned him bipartisan respect. He will be missed."

Source: Republican National Committee

 

Statements From Dan Rather on the Passing of Tim Russert:

NEW YORK -- "Tim's passing is a loss not only to his family and many friends, it is a loss to good journalism and to our country.

Tim, first and foremost, was devout in his faith and deeply devoted to his family. He loved his country with a passion and became a classic example of the ideal American journalist.

Tim had become an important part of our political process. He will be especially missed in this historic presidential election year.

Tim Russert was a beacon of quality journalism.

At a time when quality journalism is in increasingly short supply, Tim Russert was a leader for what is best in American journalism. He was tough but fair, pulled no punches, played no favorites.

As an interviewer, he had few, if any, peers."

Source: Dan Rather

 

 

 

 

 

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