Archive - May 2015

Archive - May 2015


May 5th

2 SCA/OHCA Saves In One Year

Call it being at the right place at the right time but I am fortunate to have saved two SCA victims in the past year. The most recent occurred just over 2 weeks ago. Here is a link to the story

The most important thing is that both individuals lived. That said I am trying to understand are the odds of this happening? From what I understand it is rare to save one persons life with CPR...but two in one year?

If anyone has some data that can shed some light on this, I would appreciate it.

Mike Vanneman

David Goldberg’s Death May Have Been Due to Heart Rhythm Disorder

New details are emerging about tech mogul David Goldberg’s cause of death. He was the husband of Facebook’s executive Sheryl Sandberg.

Autopsy results suggest that 47-year-old David Goldberg had a heart arrhythmia. This may have caused him to fall while working out, leading to his fatal head injury on Friday.

While vacationing with family in Mexico, David Goldberg collapsed at a gym and died after suffering severe head trauma and blood loss.

Goldberg was the chief executive operator of SurveyMonkey, an online survey company valued at $2 billion.

The husband of Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, they were one of the tech industry’s highest profile couples.

“This is a huge loss for Silicon Valley. It’s by far the biggest loss since Steve Jobs,” said Marc Benioff, family friend and tech executive.

Saved at the Mall of America

Jamie LaLonde at Mall of AmericaMy name is Jamie LaLonde. I am 23 years old and at 18, I suffered a sudden cardiac arrest while working in the Mall of America.

We Have to Count on Each Other

Beverly Buxareo, Pittsburgh, PA – 50 at time of event (2010)

CPR, AEDs Save Lives

On April 11, a bystander and two police officers saved the life of a man who had been walking in South Park (Pittsburgh, PA) when he suddenly collapsed in cardiac arrest. On April 22, Pittsburgh police officers and paramedics saved the life of a fellow officer who suffered cardiac arrest in the West End station.

Why did they survive sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), when so few victims do?

The answer is simple: Bystanders started CPR and used defibrillators immediately.

Unfortunately, SCA is a common occurrence in Pittsburgh and across the nation. In fact, it affects about 1,000 people of all ages each day in the U.S.

While on average, only 10 percent of victims survive, when people at the scene of the emergency intervene quickly by giving CPR and using automated external defibrillators (AEDs), survival rates increase to 40 percent.

Help raise awareness about SCA and the importance of knowing how to save a life.

May 4th

Bystander CPR May Help Cardiac Arrest Survivors Return to Work

In a study from Denmark, victims of cardiac arrest who got cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from a bystander were more likely to eventually return to work.

Researchers studied 4,354 workers who had cardiac arrests outside of a hospital between 2001 and 2011. While just 796, or 18 percent, were alive 30 days later, about three in four of the survivors were able to go back to work.

Chances of return to work were 38 percent higher if a bystander performed CPR than if they didn't. 

"That more than 75 percent of all survivors were capable of returning to work is a remarkable result," lead study author Dr. Kristian Kragholm, of Aalborg University Hospital and Aarhus University in Denmark and a fellow at the Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, North Carolina. "It is even more laudable that the survivors were able to earn the same salary as before their arrest."

May 3rd

Unbelievable... It will be one week tomorrow since my husband had "sudden death"

I am scared and thankful. Praise God for this miracle.
He was released from hospital on Friday so "cardiac Rehab" hasn't started. hopefully they will call tomorrow cause he keeps asking me.
Nights are the worse..he can't sleep and seems anxious.
He seems so, so distant right now. Watching the Washington Nationals comfortably but no conversation.
I'm not sure what to do. I would appreciate any suggestions from other spouses who have been through this.
Thanks so much. Donna

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