I read a very interesting article in the Sunday paper’s Parade section this past weekend (I love the Parade section). I’m assuming many of you read it as well.
The gist of the story reported how to remain alive when either catastrophe or adversity rears its head. Hundreds of survivors and experts were interviewed and reported how to increase your odds of living by surviving the worst.
I’m not sure if this information will change any of my behaviors but it did keep me reading.
Never Cross the Street
On January 1st, October 31 or December 23. These are the deadliest days for pedestrians. Scary, but the dates make sense.
You Are More Likely To Survive A Heart Attack In Las Vegas
The best place to go into cardiac arrest is apparently a casino in Vegas. Since survival of a heart attack is dependent upon how quickly medical attention is received, a Vegas casino has you covered. The casino is constantly scanning its floor looking for cheaters. If you collapse, it is noticed immediately and casino security personnel are trained in defibrillation, getting you lifesaving shocks in two to three minutes.
The heart-attack survival rate in Vegas is higher than anywhere else…53%, compared to Seattle 16% or only 2% if you live in Chicago. Another reason to hit up Sin City.
Never Check Out of the Hospital on a Friday
In the weekend rush, many patients are often sent home with inadequate care instructions or before their condition has stabilized. A study found an “increased independent risk of death” or hospital readmission in 30 days for patients discharged on a Friday. Ask for a weekend pass and stay until Monday?
Your Initials Make a Difference in Survival
Death records were analyzed to look for correlation between initials and longevity. Positive and negative groups were formed. On the positive side ACE, WIN, VIP and WOW and on the negative side BUM, SAD, RAT and DUD. Initials and lifespan were then searched for correlation. The results were debated furiously as it was found initials, as those mentioned above, could add four years to your life or subtract three. The conclusion being, the negative sounding initials add stress and irritation to a person’s overall life which in turn contribute to health issues and death. My initials spell nothing.
A study performed in a medical setting found medical teams meeting with people whose surnames were at the beginning of the alphabet spent four minutes longer with those patient’s than those whose names came at the end of the alphabet. This resulted in better quality of overall care for those patient’s at the beginning of the alphabet. This is not good for me.
Don’t Stay on the Eighth Floor…or higher
Fire department ladders are able to reach 80 feet in the air. If you want to be able to climb out of your window to be rescued during an emergency, stay below the eighth floor.
If You Want To Leave The Hospital Alive
Don’t check into the hospital on the weekend. Dying of serious illness on a weekend hospital admission is significantly higher than if you were admitted during the week. The reasons blamed inexperienced staff and lower staffing as the number one cause.
Firm Belief in Faith
Spiritual struggles for those 55 and older who were admitted to the hospital were separated into groups of positive spiritual believers and those who felt abandoned or punished by God. Those who felt strife with God had a 6-10% increase in death. Very interesting.
Survive A Survivable Plane Crash
The safest seats are within five rows of any exit. This rule of thumb indicates it is the cutoff point between life and death in a survivable crash. However, it was indicated that the safest seats are in an exit row or one row away. Well, that makes sense.
Birthday’s and Death
More women die the week after their birthdays as opposed to any other week of the year while men die right before their big day occurs. Theory concludes, birthdays for men act as a literal deadline while women prolong life for the occasion.
Live Through a Car Accident
Sit in the middle of the backseat, it’s 16% safer than any other seat and 25% more safe than the rear window seats. Also, white cars are less likely to be involved in an accident in comparison to any other color. Statistics report in daylight hours, black vehicles are 12% more likely to be involved in an accident; gray 11%; silver 10%; blue and red 7%. Dusk and dawn sees a 47% increase in black car accidents in comparison to white cars. Gray 25%; silver 15%. Who new.
How Successful Are You
Higher social status increases your longevity. Yeah, access to better medical care.
Other Tid Bits
Academy Award winners have been shown to live 3.9 years longer than less recognized actors. But this number has been disputed saying it’s really only one year. Winning the Nobel Prize may add two years to your life.
All kinds of information like this is being compiled in a book called, The Survivor’s Club by Ben Sherwood. Of course I will be buying it.
I know you will all sleep better or worry more after reading all of this. It fascinated the heck out of me.
If you want to read Parade’s entire article, here’s the link again.