Archive - Mar 13, 2012

Archive - Mar 13, 2012

Maybe he should ask his cardiologist about implanted cardio defibrillators?

Wife's Knowledge of CPR Helps Save Her Husband a Second Time

By Andrew Meacham
Tampa Bay Times
Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 7:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 7:30 a.m.

Barbara Sweda knew something was wrong with her husband Saturday morning.

Gerald Sweda, 69, had just returned to their car from downtown's Saturday market.

Then he went silent, wouldn't answer his wife's questions and started breathing roughly.

A retired nurse who had worked in coronary care, Barbara Sweda, 63, knew she had little time to act.

Her husband was having a heart attack.

This wasn't the first time she had seen that look in her husband's face.

One evening in 2005, Gerald Sweda slumped to the floor of their condo as his wife cleaned up from dinner.

She gave him CPR. He woke up before help arrived. He lived.

Now it was happening again.

Urge Your Legislators to Support the Rural and Community AED Program

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a member of the American Heart Association's Ad Hoc Coalition to Save Lives through Access to Public Defibrillation, has endorsed an appeal from the Coalition seeking funding for the Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices program. The President, however, has proposed eliminating funding for the program. Last year, Congress saved the program and they can do it again, but they need to hear from you today. Here is the Coalition's request:

Ask Members of Congress to reject the President’s proposal.

The Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices Program provides grants that allow states to purchase AEDs, train lay rescuers and first responders in their use, and place them where sudden cardiac arrest is most likely to occur.

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