Posted on 12/13/2021
Kevin Volpp and his daughter, Anna
Penn Medicine researcher Kevin Volpp competed in a triathlon in June with daughter Anna, right. Doctors said his physical fitness helped him survive a heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest the following month. Courtesy of Volpp family

Kevin Volpp’s heart stopped beating while he was eating at a Seasons 52 restaurant, yet he survived after a dinner companion performed CPR and an ambulance crew arrived with an automated external defibrillator — an AED.

But after he recovered, Volpp was dismayed to learn that the restaurant itself was not equipped with such a device. A Penn Medicine researcher who studies heart disease — the very condition that sent him to the hospital — Volpp came to suspect most other restaurants were without the lifesaving technology. He was right.

Continue reading article by Tom Avril at The Philadelphia Inquirer