Archive - Jan 2011

Archive - Jan 2011

January 4th

Another Death Leads to Renewed Call for AEDs in Schools

(CNN) -- It was the second play of a high school football game. A 16-year-old tight end caught the pass. As he broke free from a defender, he was struck in the chest by another player.

After the play ended, Michael Ellsessar was slow to his feet. As he tried to stand, his legs buckled. He was in cardiac arrest.

Despite getting immediate CPR, Michael died that day on November 15.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Can Also Strike the Young


Emilie PuricelliEach year an estimated 325,000 people die in the United States from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).  Of that number the Heart Rhythm Society estimates about 7,000 of these deaths are in children and infants.

On August 30th, 1997, my seemingly healthy 22 year old daughter, Emilie, died suddenly, in her sleep, from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

Teen Hockey Player Recovering from SCA

Milford High School hockey player Tyler Symes is moving forward with his recovery following a hard hit that actually stopped the 15-year-old's heart during a hockey game.

January 2nd

Granby, Mass., Named HeartSafe Community

Granby, Mass.—Granby, Massachusetts has been named a "HeartSafe Community" by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Department of Emergency Medical Services, meaning that it is well-equipped to save lives in cases of cardiac arrest.

Communities earn points for the designation based on whether they fit the criteria in terms of technology, emergency responders and CPR training for laypeople.

Breathing in Polluted Air May Trigger Heart Arrrhythmias


Exposure to air pollution has been linked to deaths, including sudden death (arrhythmic mortality). A new study suggests the effects of air pollution on the heart and the rhythm of the heartbeat may be under-recognized. That’s because research finds that even healthy people with no known heart disease have detectable changes in important electrical properties of the heart when breathing in air pollution like the smog commonly encountered in cities worldwide.

Authors say these findings suggest that pollutants may impair the ability of the heart to reset its electrical properties in an orderly manner, especially during periods of acute or prolonged smog exposure, creating the conditions needed for arrhythmias, which can lead to sudden cardiac death in some cases.

January 1st

Grateful to be able to start a new year!

  I am 43 and in August of 2010 suffered sudden cardiac arrest after Mt. Biking.  I was extremely fortunate that another rider who had just finished the same time knew CPR and got on me immediately.  I was shocked back by the paramedics and taken to St. Vincents Hospital in Indianapolis.  I then spent 10 days on life support while using Therapeutic Hypothermia.  After coming off the respirator I spent a few more days in the hospital a week at home and then had a Quintuple Bypass.  Recovery since has went extremely well.  I am back to riding, running and swimming with the goal of a Tri in the next year or so.  I would love to get more involved with SCA but am not sure where to start.  Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated.

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