Archive - Oct 2013

Archive - Oct 2013

October 15th

Life After Death? New Techniques Halt Dying Process

NEW YORK — The line between life and death is not as clear as once thought, now that developments in the science of resuscitation have made it possible to revive people even hours after their heart has stopped beating and they are declared dead, medical experts say.

"Historically, when a person's heart stopped and they stopped breathing, for all intents and purposes, they were dead," said Dr. Sam Parnia, an assistant professor of critical care medicine at State University of New York at Stony Brook. "There was nothing you could do to change that," Parnia told an audience at the New York Academy of Sciences last week.

Do It for Your Family. Do It for the People Who Love You.

Helene Rish, Sanford, FL – 38 at time of event (2012)

I Had No Time to React

Patti Farrell, Milwaukee, WI – 61 at time of event (2013)

Patti Farrell and familyPatti Farrell had always been very healthy, but lately had been experiencing increasing shortness of breath and stomach aches. While shopping at Target, the 61-year-old could hardly breathe and the pain was so intense she had to rest in her car. Her daughter-in-law arrived and took Patti to the hospital, where doctors discovered fluid in her lungs and diagnosed Patti with non-ischemic cardiomyopathy. 

A Real Sense of Security

Darren Califano, Sanford, FL – 47 at time of event (2012)

Veteran Baseball Umpire Wally Bell Dies at 48

NEW YORK, NY--Major League Baseball umpire Wally Bell died of an apparent heart attack Monday, a week after working the NL playoff series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals. He was 48.

The commissioner's office said Bell died in his home state of Ohio.

Bell had not been feeling well over the weekend and had been scheduled to see doctors later Monday at the Cleveland Clinic.

Bell had quintuple bypass surgery on Feb. 18, 1999, that left him with an 8-inch scar down the middle of his chest. His father survived two heart attacks before he died.

Family Was Always Special To Us, But It's Extra Special Now

Barbara Campbell, Lewisburg, TN – 67 at time of event (2012)

Barbara Campbell & Husband“Family is very important to me. Everyone knows I love family.” For as long as she could remember, 67-year-old Barbara Campbell hosted a weekly Sunday dinner for her four children and six grandchildren. In recent years, the tradition started to take a physical toll. Barbara was constantly exhausted and she would lose her breath just walking across the room. As she was preparing a meal one Sunday, she turned to her husband, Everett and said: “I can’t do this anymore.”

October 14th

Use of AED Saves Referee's Life

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK--An automated external defibrillator, commonly known as an "AED" is the piece of medical equipment responsible for saving Pete Swiggum's life Monday, after he collapsed onto the field while officiating a football game at Notre Dame Academy.

"I was just reffing the game, I had just spotted the football and walked around the defensive line to get to my position and the lights went out," explains Swiggum, "It was something related to my heart having a small leak."

"It was very surreal, and very scary," says Notre Dame Athletic Director Ken Flaten.

Terry Hess is a Prevea Health Athletic Trainer who is present at every Notre Dame sporting event. He came to the rescue with the AED, something Notre Dame has had for years but never used.

WNBA Star Tina Charles and Safe Kids Worldwide Team Up to Promote Sports Safety

More than 300 local youth athletes attend interactive sports safety clinic

Youth learning how to use AEDNEW YORK, NY-- More than 300 local youth athletes, coaches and parents joined Safe Kids Worldwide and Tina Charles, WNBA star and 2012 MVP, for a Safe Kids Sports Safety Clinic on Saturday afternoon at the Riverbank State Park in New York. Participants learned how to avoid dehydration and preventable sports injuries such as concussions. They also learned the importance of pre-participation exams and being prepared with CPR, first aid, and automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

Free Heart Screenings Offered to Student Athletes

LA PORTE, IN--In recognition of National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month in October, Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital is offering free heart screenings to student athletes on a first-come, first-served basis.

Screenings are offered to area high school students, ages 15 and older, on:

• Thursday, Oct. 17 from 3 pm to 7 pm

• Tuesday, Oct 22 from 4 pm to 8 pm

• Thursday, Oct. 24 from 4 pm to 8 pm

• Tuesday, Oct 29 from 4 pm to 8 pm

• Saturday, Nov. 2 from 8 am to noon (all Central times)

A limited number of free screenings will be performed at the IU Health La Porte Heart & Vascular Center, 901 E. Lincolnway, Ste. 102, in La Porte. Pre-registration is required by calling 219.326.2309. In addition, students must have signed parental consent and not be under the care of a physician for any cardiac-related conditions.

October 13th

Simon's Fund: Checking Hearts to Save Lives

PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA--It’s been nearly nine years since Phyllis Sudman of Plymouth Meeting put her 3½-month-old son, Simon, down for a nap. When she came to rouse him, he didn’t wake up.

Doctors diagnosed Simon with sudden infant death syndrome (“SIDS”). They suggested Sudman and her husband, Darren, get their hearts checked.

“I’ve never had any symptoms,” says Sudman, “but I was diagnosed with Long QT, which is an arrhythmia.”

Sudman says the hereditary Long QT syndrome is likely what caused Simon’s death. So, after grieving, she co-founded Simon’s Fund.

“Our focus is all about sudden cardiac arrest in children,” she says. “We don’t want any other family to go through what we’ve gone through.”

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