To save one life is as if to save the world.

- The Talmud


28-Year-Old who Suffered Heart Attack at L.A. Marathon Meets Rescuers

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A man who nearly died when he got overheated during the Los Angeles Marathon said during an emotional reunion with his rescuers today that he feels like the luckiest person in the world to be alive.

Jode Lebeda, 28, was running the 2014 ASICS LA Marathon March 9 when he went into cardiac arrest at mile 20 in West Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Lebeda, who was running the race to check off an item on his bucket list, said he nearly died.

"Going down where I went down and having that immediate support -- within 60 seconds I had able, capable hands working on me to revive me," Lebeda said. "One hundred feet one way or the other, and I wouldn't be here today."

He thanked the number of paramedics and the medical team that saved his life.

"It makes you want to go buy a lottery ticket almost," Lebeda said.

Dr. Paul Vespa, director of UCLA Medical Center's Neurointensive Care Unit, said Lebeda had been close to dying.

Local EMT Saves Same Man Twice While Off-Duty

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SANTA CLARITA ( — 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.

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.

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:

10th ReBirthday

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“IT” happened 10 years ago tonight. Since I do not remember anything about “it,” I am still not sure “it” really happened.

Butch Gibbs can tell you that, with a little effort, big things can be done in small town America.

In 2003, Butch and his wife Susie, a registered nurse, applied for a grant from a federal agency that helps small, rural towns get necessary emergency medical equipment. As a result, their town of Humeston, Iowa—population 494—got a new automated external defibrillator (AED) to replace the community’s 15-year-old, outdated model. That was important since, according to Butch, “Humeston doesn’t have an ambulance…they are based at the hospitals in the county seats.” The nearest of those hospitals is a 20-minute drive from Humeston, so the town counts on their first response unit over which Butch and Susie preside.

AEDs and water...

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This is not as complex as it might initially seem.

First, the victim should not be IN the water when you use the AED - and I don't care whether that's in a swimming pool or lying on the deck surrounding the pool in an eighth of an inch of water.

Second, the skin in the area of the upper body needs to be dried off, if wet. if the skin is wet, a more-than-usual amount of electrical energy will be diverted from the normal path through the heart to a path along the skin.


Making Diagnostic Imaging Possible for Patients with Cardiac Implants

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Newswise — ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center is on the forefront of making diagnostic imaging possible for patients with cardiac implants.
Electrophysiologist Eric D. Good, D.O., has implanted the state’s first patient with BIOTRONIK’s Iforia heart device. It’s the only implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) approved for investigational use in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
The device is commercially available, but is in the newest phase of the ongoing ProMRI® trial, a study that will examine ProMRI®technology in the MRI environment.
“This technology is intended to allow full diagnostic capabilities for our patients who are likely to benefit from MRI scans,” says Good. “We are very excited to be participating in the ProMRI® trial.”
Every year, more than 300,000 people are implanted with ICD systems to regulate their heartbeat, and studies estimate that 50 percent to 75 percent will need an MRI scan in their lifetime.

Two Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute Physicians Honored by American College of Cardiology

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Newswise — LOS ANGELES (March 27, 2014) – Two Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute physician-researchers have been named recipients of prestigious awards from the American College of Cardiology.
Eduardo Marbán, MD, PhD, director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and a pioneer in developing cardiac stem cell treatments, will be awarded the 2014 Distinguished Scientist Award (Basic Domain) by the 40,000-member medical society during its 63rd Annual Scientific Session on March 31.
Sumeet Chugh, MD, associate director of the Heart Institute and a leading expert on heart rhythm disorders such as sudden cardiac arrest and atrial fibrillation, is to receive the Simon Dack Award for Outstanding Scholarship in recognition of Chugh’s contributions to the organization’s peer-reviewed medical journals.

Humans will be kept between life and death in the first suspended animation trials

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At a hospital in Pittsburgh, surgeons are now allowed to place patients into a state of suspended animation. If a patient arrives with a traumatic injury, and attempts to restart their heart have failed — if they’re on the doorstep of death — they will have their blood replaced with a cold saline solution, which stops almost all cellular activity. At this point, the patient is clinically dead — but if the doctors can fix the injury within a few hours, they can be returned to life from suspended animation by replacing the saline with blood.

UCSB Water Polo Player Dies After Being Pulled from Santa Barbara High Pool

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A UCSB water polo player died Monday after being pulled from the bottom of the swimming pool at Santa Barbara High School, according to the Santa Barbara Police Department.

The man has been identified as Nicholas Johnson, 19, a sophomore majoring in psychology.

Before attending UCSB, Johnson competed for Santa Barbara High School’s water polo and swimming teams. He also played on the water polo team for the Santa Barbara Aquatics Club.

He is the oldest of four siblings, and his parents, Berkeley and Karen Johnson, posted a short statement on Facebook Monday afternoon.

"It is with infinite sadness that I let everyone know that our oldest son, Nick Johnson age 19, passed away this morning while doing a hard swim set at Santa Barbara High School," Berkeley Johnson wrote.

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