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April 24th

Sorority meet AED life-saving goal

DURHAM — Just five years after losing both her mother and sister to heart failure, 20-year-old UNH student Andrea Karpinski went into cardiac arrest while working out at a Derry gym. She lost consciousness and stopped breathing for nine minutes before the Derry Fire Department arrived and shocked her out of arrest.

The gym had its own automated external defibrillator (AED), according to Karpinski, but in the chaos no one thought to use it. An AED is a portable device that can diagnose potentially life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias and stop them by jolting the patient with an electrical current.

Her terrifying experience led Karpinski on a three-year campaign to get AEDs installed at UNH sorority and fraternity houses and to train residents in their use. The campaign came to fruition last week when the Durham Fire Department announced it had ordered AEDs for two sorority houses at the university, including Karpinski's Alpha Xi Delta.

Marijuana use may lead to cardiac arrest and other heart problems

A new study finds young and middle-aged adults who use marijuana may have an increased risk for heart-related complications.

The paper, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, found nearly 2 percent of health complications from marijuana use were linked to cardiovascular health, and a quarter of these complications resulted in death.

"This result is consistent with previous findings and strengthens the idea that cannabis may be responsible for serious complications, in particular on the cardiovascular system," write the authors in their study. "Cannabis may trigger cardiovascular complications and therefore should be regarded as so by health practitioners and by users, who often admit the dangers of drugs like cocaine and amphetamines but minimize that of cannabis."

April 21st

28-Year-Old who Suffered Heart Attack at L.A. Marathon Meets Rescuers

A man who nearly died when he got overheated during the Los Angeles Marathon said during an emotional reunion with his rescuers today that he feels like the luckiest person in the world to be alive.

Jode Lebeda, 28, was running the 2014 ASICS LA Marathon March 9 when he went into cardiac arrest at mile 20 in West Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Lebeda, who was running the race to check off an item on his bucket list, said he nearly died.

"Going down where I went down and having that immediate support -- within 60 seconds I had able, capable hands working on me to revive me," Lebeda said. "One hundred feet one way or the other, and I wouldn't be here today."

He thanked the number of paramedics and the medical team that saved his life.

"It makes you want to go buy a lottery ticket almost," Lebeda said.

Dr. Paul Vespa, director of UCLA Medical Center's Neurointensive Care Unit, said Lebeda had been close to dying.

April 15th

Local EMT Saves Same Man Twice While Off-Duty

SANTA CLARITA ( — An emergency medical technician saved the same man on two occasions while he was off the job.

About six months ago, Tyler Rosser said he was playing softball when a player on a nearby field collapsed in cardiac arrest.

Rosser gave the man CPR and used a portable defibrillator to try and jump-start his heart.

“Within a couple minutes, he regained a pulse and was breathing on his own,” he said.

CBS2’s Adrianna Weingold reported that two days ago, the same man’s heart stopped beating for a second time.

Rosser was there once again.

“Not just once, but for someone to come back twice, I just feel blessed to have that opportunity to be able to make an impact like that,” he said.

Rosser said he’s amazed he was in the right place at the right time two times.

“I couldn’t believe it because he’s been playing softball every Sunday since then and who knows how many games he’s played and I haven’t see him,” he said.

April 12th

Memory Loss

My wife is hospitalized now after having SCA. They could not find a pulse for 20 minutes after a routine endoscopy. She is still in ICU now. It has only been a little over a week and a half but she is now starting to slowly respond and notice people in the room. At first she seem to not recognize me. But we see progress now. I am so grateful for this website that has given me hope for a better future. I will keep you posted to her progress and recover.

April 8th

Recent School Saves Highlight Importance of Emergency Response Plans

Recent school saves highlight the importance of medical emergency response plans that include CPR and use of automated external defibrillators and demonstrate that these common sense preparations are not just about saving students.

Here is a sampling of saves reported in the past month:

April 2nd

10th ReBirthday

“IT” happened 10 years ago tonight. Since I do not remember anything about “it,” I am still not sure “it” really happened.

Butch Gibbs can tell you that, with a little effort, big things can be done in small town America.

In 2003, Butch and his wife Susie, a registered nurse, applied for a grant from a federal agency that helps small, rural towns get necessary emergency medical equipment. As a result, their town of Humeston, Iowa—population 494—got a new automated external defibrillator (AED) to replace the community’s 15-year-old, outdated model. That was important since, according to Butch, “Humeston doesn’t have an ambulance…they are based at the hospitals in the county seats.” The nearest of those hospitals is a 20-minute drive from Humeston, so the town counts on their first response unit over which Butch and Susie preside.

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