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August 27th

Capital Regional Medical Center Finds a Cool Way to Help Victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

TALLAHASSEE– Capital Regional Medical Center now offers victims of sudden cardiac arrest hypothermia therapy, or cooling of the body temperature, as a method to reduce the damage caused to the brain and heart tissue associated with this lifethreatening condition.

August 17th

Philanthropic Group to Donate AEDs to Schools in Arizona

The Gootter Foundation gift, along with training through the Sarver Heart Center, will help cut deaths from sudden cardiac arrest.

TUCSON--The Steven M. Gootter Foundation has announced it is giving life-saving equipment to public and private high schools in southern Arizona. The Gootter Foundation will providing automated external defibrillators, known as AEDs, to area schools in southern Arizona that do not have them.

The goal is preventing avoidable deaths from sudden cardiac arrest.

The foundation also will donate AEDs to the Tucson Boys and Girls Clubs and the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center, formerly Randolph Tennis Center. All schools and institutions will receive training on the AEDs through The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center.

August 12th

I'm Much Safer Now

Evan Piekara, Queens, NY – 24 at time of event (2008)

Teach for America* nearly lost one of their stars. Just one month after his 24th birthday, Evan collapsed on the St John’s University basketball court. He’d had a trying month, 20 days straight without a break, and this was his first day off. It became a longer time-out than planned.

That July afternoon he fell to the ground after a particularly satisfying basket. Everyone stopped and stared. Someone thought to call security. Steve Ptacek arrived in minutes and brought an AED with him. He started CPR since Evan had no pulse, and wasn’t breathing, just making a strange gasping sound. The AED could not restore a rhythm. Evan was dying. Fit, healthy and energetic, this young man was slipping away and yet everything possible was being done to save him.

August 9th

Lacrosse and Heart Risks: What You Need to Know

Study Shows Need for Better Chest-Safety Equipment

MINNEAPOLIS ­– After Cornell University defenseman George Boiardi was struck in the chest with a lacrosse ball in the closing minutes of a 2004 collegiate game, he collapsed to the turf, and his heart stopped. The shot he blocked had killed him.

It was literally a million-to-one shot, if not more unlikely. But in a sport as fast-growing as lacrosse, an event that uncommon will happen multiple times at the college and high school level, says a new study.

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