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April 15th, 2014

Local EMT Saves Same Man Twice While Off-Duty

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SANTA CLARITA (CBSLA.com) — An emergency medical technician saved the same man on two occasions while he was off the job.

About six months ago, Tyler Rosser said he was playing softball when a player on a nearby field collapsed in cardiac arrest.

Rosser gave the man CPR and used a portable defibrillator to try and jump-start his heart.

“Within a couple minutes, he regained a pulse and was breathing on his own,” he said.

CBS2’s Adrianna Weingold reported that two days ago, the same man’s heart stopped beating for a second time.

Rosser was there once again.

“Not just once, but for someone to come back twice, I just feel blessed to have that opportunity to be able to make an impact like that,” he said.

Rosser said he’s amazed he was in the right place at the right time two times.

“I couldn’t believe it because he’s been playing softball every Sunday since then and who knows how many games he’s played and I haven’t see him,” he said.

Local EMT Saves Same Man Twice While Off-Duty

allisong's picture

SANTA CLARITA (CBSLA.com) — An emergency medical technician saved the same man on two occasions while he was off the job.

About six months ago, Tyler Rosser said he was playing softball when a player on a nearby field collapsed in cardiac arrest.

Rosser gave the man CPR and used a portable defibrillator to try and jump-start his heart.

“Within a couple minutes, he regained a pulse and was breathing on his own,” he said.

CBS2’s Adrianna Weingold reported that two days ago, the same man’s heart stopped beating for a second time.

Rosser was there once again.

“Not just once, but for someone to come back twice, I just feel blessed to have that opportunity to be able to make an impact like that,” he said.

Rosser said he’s amazed he was in the right place at the right time two times.

“I couldn’t believe it because he’s been playing softball every Sunday since then and who knows how many games he’s played and I haven’t see him,” he said.

April 14th

Two Runners Die Near Finish Line of Half Marathon in North Carolina

RALEIGH, NC--Two runners who died Sunday morning as participants in the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon may fit the profile of the most common fatalities in such events, according to a Duke sports medicine specialist: men in their 30s with pre-existing, undiagnosed cardiac abnormalities.

Saying the runners’ families wanted privacy, race organizers did not release the names of the men who died or give any indication of their causes of death.

“We regret to confirm that two participants passed away at today’s half-marathon,” said Dr. P.Z. Pearce, the event’s medical director. “We are greatly saddened by these tragic losses, and our prayers go out to the each of the runners’ family and friends.”

April 13th

London Marathon Runner Who Died Named as Robert Berry

LONDON--A man who died after collapsing at the finish line of the London Marathon has been named as 42-year-old Robert Berry.

Organizer Virgin Money said he was taken to one of its medical facilities where he was treated by four consultants, including one specializing in emergency medicine.

Mr Berry, from Newbury in Berkshire, was pronounced dead after being transferred to St Mary's Hospital.

About 36,000 people took part in the event on Sunday.

A statement from the organizer said: "It is with regret that we can now confirm that Mr. Robert Berry, aged 42, collapsed at the finish of the London Marathon.

April 12th

Memory Loss

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My wife is hospitalized now after having SCA. They could not find a pulse for 20 minutes after a routine endoscopy. She is still in ICU now. It has only been a little over a week and a half but she is now starting to slowly respond and notice people in the room. At first she seem to not recognize me. But we see progress now. I am so grateful for this website that has given me hope for a better future. I will keep you posted to her progress and recover.

April 8th

Painkillers Linked to Heightened Irregular Heartbeat Risk in Older Adults

Underlying factors behind this association warrant further attention, say authors

Current and recent use of painkillers/anti-inflammatories may be linked to a heightened risk of an irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation) among older adults, finds a large population study published in the online journal BMJ Open.

Atrial fibrillation has itself been linked to stroke, heart failure, and reduced life expectancy, while previously published research has linked the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, to a heightened risk of cardiovascular problems, including heart attack.

Recent School Saves Highlight Importance of Emergency Response Plans

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Recent school saves highlight the importance of medical emergency response plans that include CPR and use of automated external defibrillators and demonstrate that these common sense preparations are not just about saving students.

Here is a sampling of saves reported in the past month:

April 7th

The Beat Goes On: Minnesota Creates AED Registry

ST. PAUL, MN--They are stationed across Minnesota to help victims of sudden cardiac arrest, and a new effort is underway to make sure those automated external defibrillators are in working order when they're needed. A bill at the Legislature would set up a registry of public AEDs to alert the owners when maintenance is needed, according to Kim Harkins, program manager with the Minnesota Resuscitation Consortium at the University of Minnesota.

"The bill really is out there to not make it more difficult for AED owners, but merely to provide them with that tool or reminder for that public access AED that there is maintenance required," she said.

According to the American Heart Association, the chances that a cardiac arrest victim will survive can double or triple when a bystander assists with an AED, or by applying CPR. In Minnesota, heart disease is the second-leading cause of death.

April 6th

Ten-Year-Old Boy is Florida's First Pediatric Patient to Receive S-ICD Therapy

ORLANDO, FL--Cardiologists at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children today performed Florida’s first pediatric implant of a new device to prevent sudden cardiac arrest.

The device, called a subcutaneous defibrillator, protects patients from sudden cardiac arrest by providing an electrical impulse to muscles surrounding the heart. It is the world’s first device to provide protection from sudden cardiac arrest while not touching the heart or blood vessels.

Sudden cardiac arrest is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. If this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs. The condition usually causes death if not treated within minutes.1

Cardiologists at the hospital implanted the subcutaneous defibrillator into Jose Ramos, a ten-year-old Kissimmee boy who went into sudden cardiac arrest in February 2014 and received cardiopulmonary resuscitation from his father to save his life.

April 3rd

Millions of Lives Could Be Saved with New Therapeutic Hypothermia System

BUFFALO GROVE, IL-- Tens of millions of people worldwide, including over 1 million Americans, suffer a cardiac arrest and stroke resulting in brain injury every year. Damage occurs when the body is deprived of oxygen for extended periods of time. The most effective way to combat injury is to use cold therapy, formally called therapeutic hypothermia. Unfortunately, up to 98% of patients needing therapeutic hypothermia don't get it. Why? Ask Sergei Shushunov, MD.