Archive - Jun 8, 2012

Archive - Jun 8, 2012



If people listen to Dr. George Lundberg, it will be very unfortunate for future victims of sudden cardiac arrest.

Cardiac Arrest Survivor Reunited With Rescuers

PITTSBURGH – It has been estimated that only five percent of patients who suffer sudden cardiac arrest survive.

On Friday, one of the lucky ones had a chance to meet the men and women who saved his life.

It was a joyful reunion at Canonsburg General Hospital where Susan Canfield met the many people who helped save her husband’s life.

“It was late afternoon or early evening and all hell broke loose,” Canfield said.

Almost exactly one month ago Daniel Canfield stopped breathing on the deck after dinner.

“Yeah, I wonder why it happened. There was no signs leading up to it, you know. I was in pretty good shape, good health. And then out of nowhere — boom it happened. It surprised the hell out of me,” Daniel Canfield said.

Susan and Daniel have been married for only six years and it was the first marriage for both of them.

Birmingham Survival Rates Double, But Are Still Relatively Low

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- In 2006, when UAB joined the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium that covers 10 U.S. and Canadian cities, five out of 269 patients with cardiac arrests in metro Birmingham survived, which was 3 percent survival after the data was adjusted to consortium standards.

The latest data from 2010 shows that 28 of 430 patients -- 6 percent -- survived.

Dr. Henry Wang, associate professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham's department of emergency medicine, said he thinks Birmingham can do much better.

People in Seattle and Pittsburgh have 16 percent survival after suffering out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. For this research, survival means the patient was able to walk out of the hospital and again lead a meaningful life.

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