Archive - Oct 2012

Archive - Oct 2012

October 7th

Marathon Runner Recovering After Cardiac Arrest

CHICAGO--A runner who suffered sudden cardiac arrest during Sunday's Bank of America Chicago Marathon collapsed within a block of a medical tent, marathon organizers said.

The 47-year-old man was approaching the 21st mile on the Near South Side when a medical school student and a doctor saw him collapse, Dr. George Chiampas, the marathon's medical director, said Monday.

The two marathon volunteers rushed to his side and saw that he was unresponsive, Chiampas said. One of them began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the man, while the other went back to the tent for a defibrillator.

The volunteers shocked the man once to restart his heart. When he still wasn't breathing on his own, they shocked him a second time, Chiampas said. He became responsive after the second shock.

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The LA Times carried a story about an attorney who arrested and was saved by his staff members. See,0,83773....

Each of us as more than a ten percent chance of seeing - at least once in our lifetime - a family member, a friend, or an associate die of a cardiac arrest. When that happens, the victim is clinically dead, and will almost certainly stay dead unless someone sees that person die, calls 911, begins CPR, and - if one is available - promptly defibrillates the victim's heart with an AED.

When one of the possible outcomes of an event (for example, a cardiac arrest) is, in your mind, truly unacceptable, you need to view the odds of that happening as being 100% and prepare to deal with it when the arrest happens.

October 6th

University of Hawaii Swimmer Dies from Apparent Cardiac Arrest

"Peter" Frank ChiHONOLULU - "Peter" Frank Chi, a member of the University of Hawai'i men's swimming team, died October 6 from an apparent cardiac arrest. Chi, 19, was found unresponsive in his dorm room in the early morning hours and was admitted to Straub Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Asbury University Student Dies After Collapsing During Rugby Game on Campus

Jeff McMillanERLANGER, KY - The campus of Asbury University was shocked this weekend by the sudden death of a student just months away from graduation.

Jeff McMillan, 24, of Florence was playing in a pick-up rugby game on the Wilmore campus when he collapsed about 1:25 p.m. Saturday. Friends who said they were lifeguards performed CPR until an ambulance arrived, said Michael Hughes, Jessamine County coroner. Mr. McMillan was taken to St. Joseph Jessamine in Nicholasville, where Hughes pronounced Mr. McMillan dead about two hours after he collapsed.

Hughes said an autopsy was performed in Frankfort on Sunday, but no cause of death has been determined.

University of Wisconsin Officers Honored for Helping Save Freshman's Life

Ryan ChildMENOMONIE, WI - When Ryan Child's heart stopped, his legs buckled beneath him and he hit the sidewalk face first.

To his friend David Winger, walking with Child across the campus of University of Wisconsin-Stout on Sept. 13, it did not look good for Child, 18, a freshman from Lake Geneva.

But the two had luck on their side: Two campus police officers were walking out of a building some 200 feet away.

On Friday, at the UW Board of Regents meeting, those officers, Jason Spetz and Lisa Pederson, received a prolonged standing ovation for saving Child's life.

They don't always work, but at least they are starting to show up on the sideline

High school football player dies after collapsing during game

WYFF Greenville

Rouse was given CPR and shocked with a defibrillator before the ambulance arrived to take him to the hospital. Players and coaches from both sides prayed as medical personnel tended to Rouse. Hartsville was hosting Crestwood.


It's tragic that this player died, but not all sudden cardiac arrest victims come back. The positive aspect of this tragedy is that the authorities had an AED at the game. Ten years ago, you would have had a very difficult time finding an AED at a high school sports event.

October 4th

Post University Runner Dies After Collapsing at Meet

WATERBURY, CT - A 20-year-old Post University student has died after collapsing during a cross country meet last month.

“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of student-athlete Rob Roman, who died at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia this morning after he collapsed on Saturday, Sept. 22, during a cross country meet,” Post University President and CEO Dr. Tom Samph said in a news release issued on Friday morning.

Roman, of New York, was a business administration major in his second season with the cross country and men’s basketball programs, according to Post. He died on Thursday night.

Innovative Heart Defibrillator Offers Alternative for Regulating Heartbeat

OTTAWA – A new ground-breaking technology was recently used at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) where two cardiologists, Dr. David Birnie and Dr. Pablo Nery, implanted a new innovative leadless defibrillator, the subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator (S-ICD), to a 18-year-old patient. Under Health Canada’s special access program, this was only the third time this new type of ICD had been implanted in Canada.

October 3rd

Quick-Thinking Coach, AED, Save High School Basketball Player

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--Excited to be on Central High School's basketball team, freshman Hunter Helton was looking forward to another conditioning practice Monday after school.

But during the practice, Hunter, 14, suffered sudden cardiac arrest and woke up hours later at East Tennessee Children's Hospital (ETCH).

"I didn't know anything," he said.

Hunter has his basketball coach, Jon Higgins, a former University of Tennessee basketball player, to thank for waking up at all, Hunter said. When his heart stopped, Higgins performed CPR and used an automated external defibrillator to revive Hunter.

October 2nd

October is National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Urges the Public to Learn CPR and How to Use an AED.

Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S. More victims could survive with greater public awareness and education and more widespread deployment of automated external defibrillators. Donations to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation on Wednesday, October 3 through Pittsburgh Gives will be used to help raise awareness about this public health crisis and the simple things anyone can do to save a life.

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The mission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is to prevent death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest. The vision of the SCA Foundation is to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and influence attitudinal and behavioral changes that will reduce mortality and morbidity from SCA.

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