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April 25, 2008 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Max King is no fan of sensationalism, but he relishes declaring, "I literally died. " The former journalist and just-retired president of the Heinz Endowments, one of the nation's largest independent philanthropies, was speaking to Pittsburgh civic leaders at the Carnegie Museum of Art 18 months ago when his heart suddenly stopped beating. After he collapsed, six people sprang into action, performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation and restoring his heartbeat with an automated external defibrillator.
SPORTS
October 28, 2004 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Sao Caetano defender Serginho died yesterday after collapsing during a soccer match in Sao Paolo, Brazil. The 30-year-old player likely suffered cardiac arrest, doctor Marco Aurelio Cunha said. The official cause of death was not immediately released. Serginho collapsed away from the play 59 minutes into the match against Sao Paulo at Morumbi Stadium. Players from both teams quickly called for medical assistance when Serginho fell unconscious inside Sao Caetano's penalty box. Doctors rushed to the field and attempted to revive him. Serginho was still unconscious when he was taken to Hospital Sao Luiz in Sao Paulo, doctors said.
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June 18, 1987 | By Marilou Regan, Special to The Inquirer
They were all charged with "crimes of the heart" and sentenced to serve their time behind the bars of a plywood jail. The 11 inmates were under "cardiac arrest" by the American Heart Association and were imprisoned at the Towne House Restaurant, Media, until they raised at least $300 "bail" each. The event was sponsored by the Delaware County Council of the Heart Association and the Frankford Trust Co. The money raised - more than $4,000 - will benefit the American Heart Association's medical research and educational programs, according to Cathy Everline, a field director for the organization.
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August 5, 2013 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cooling the body is the one practice that has been shown to reduce brain injury after resuscitation for cardiac arrest. Yet "therapeutic hypothermia" is rarely used on patients who are already hospitalized when their hearts stop, according to a study led by University of Pennsylvania researchers. Disappointing as that may sound, interpreting the findings is difficult. Outside the hospital, cardiac arrest - complete stoppage of the heart, which can be fatal within minutes - is usually caused by a heart-related problem.
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June 2, 2010 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
A major study led by Cooper University Hospital suggests a new way to improve dismal survival rates after cardiac arrest: Turn down the patient's oxygen. Stinting on oxygen may seem counterintuitive, since the brain begins to die when deprived of oxygen-rich blood for more than five minutes. But studies in dogs and in premature infants have long shown that too much oxygen can be harmful. The new study, published in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association, is the first solid evidence that this vital gas is also a double-edged therapy after the heart suddenly stops - as it does in 220,000 Americans every year.
SPORTS
December 15, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
Jed Bedford, a prolific three-point shooter who captained Columbus (Ga.) State's basketball team, died yesterday about an hour after collapsing during a practice. Bedford, 21, was taken to St. Francis Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The Muscogee County Coroner told university officials that cardiac arrest was the cause of death. "One of my greatest fears as a coach was realized today," Columbus State coach Herbert Greene said. "These players are like family to me and to each other.
SPORTS
May 24, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Washington State women's basketball coach June Daugherty was upgraded from critical to serious condition yesterday, a day after going into cardiac arrest while at a medical clinic for a checkup. The 50-year-old Daugherty was "doing as well as can be expected," said Mike Daugherty, her husband and the team's associate head coach. The Daughertys are the parents of 13-year-old twins. Fired by Washington, Daugherty was hired last month at Washington State. She took over a program that has not had a winning season since 1995-96.
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April 27, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Allison MacMath had no medical training. But on a cold morning in February, when a man beside her at the dog park suddenly collapsed to the snow, she remembered a simple tip: When giving CPR, skip mouth-to-mouth, and pump to the beat of an aptly named Bee Gees song. As she leaned against his chest, she said, she sang in her head, but out loud at the hook, "Stayin' alive. Stayin' alive," willing him to hear her. The man's wife comforted him with her own words. "Mostly, 'I love you, Frank, I love you,' " MacMath remembered Saturday, turning to Frank Norris, the man whose life she helped save.
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July 17, 1991 | By Susan FitzGerald, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the paramedics reached Frank Rizzo, lying on the floor of the bathroom in his Center City campaign headquarters, his face was blue and his arms were pale. He had no pulse. He was not breathing. His heart was beating erratically. He was, doctors would later say, in a "state of full cardiac arrest. " In Philadelphia, according to city Emergency Medical Services statistics, the chances of such a person surviving are only about 6 percent. "The odds are against a patient pulling out of cardiac arrest," said Dr. Joseph Zeccardi, director of the emergency department at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where Rizzo was taken.
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April 25, 2008 | By Marie McCullough INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Max King is no fan of sensationalism, but he relishes declaring, "I literally died. " The former journalist and current head of the Heinz Endowments, one of the nation's largest independent philanthropies, was speaking to Pittsburgh civic leaders at the Carnegie Museum of Art 18 months ago when his heart suddenly stopped beating. After he collapsed, six people sprang into action, performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation and restoring his heartbeat with an automated external defibrillator.
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August 7, 2016 | By Arnold J. Greenspon, For The Inquirer
Half of cardiac arrest patients don't make it to the hospital alive. But a local man had a guardian angel looking out for him the day that he collapsed on the sidewalk while running errands - a nurse happened to be passing by and started CPR. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he suffered multiple seizures. Then, he was transferred to Jefferson Hospital for Neurosciences under the assumption that he collapsed due to seizures. But an assessment there found his seizures were likely due to lack of oxygen in the brain caused by the cardiac arrest.
NEWS
August 3, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
A 5-year-old Delaware County boy died Sunday after he was struck by lightning at an Outer Banks beach in North Carolina, a fire official said. Stephen Little, of Lansdowne, was with his family at a four-wheel-drive area on the beach in Carova, N.C., near the Virginia border, when a thunderstorm approached, said Chief Ralph Melton of the Currituck County Fire EMS. "It came up pretty quick," Melton said. The family was trying to seek shelter in their SUV when the boy was struck, Melton said.
NEWS
June 9, 2016
A story Wednesday on CPR training gave an incorrect age for Radnor Township Police Sgt. Anthony Radico when he suffered cardiac arrest. He was 43 then.
NEWS
June 9, 2016 | By Casey Gilman, Staff Writer
Here's how simple it can be to bring someone back from the brink of death: It took just a few minutes Tuesday to train dozens of people in hands-only CPR. Eager volunteers, from teens to seniors, leaned over specially designed dummies outside the WHYY studios, pushing firm and fast to music selected to inspire the right speed: 100 beats a minute. As for pressure? The more the better, said Benjamin Abella, the physician who is leading the new Mobile CPR Project Philadelphia. No need to worry about further injuring a person in cardiac arrest, said Abella, who directs Penn's Center for Resuscitation Science.
NEWS
June 7, 2016 | By Daniel J. Hilferty, Kenneth Margulies, and Benjamin S. Abella
Each year, more than 359,000 cases of cardiac arrest - in which the heart suddenly stops working properly - occur across the United States. In Philadelphia, about 1,100 people died from cardiac arrest just last year. Many of those out-of-hospital deaths could have been avoided with a simple solution. Hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique that is useful in many emergencies when someone's heart stops beating, including sudden cardiac arrest or near-drowning.
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September 28, 2015 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
A registrar records patients' vital statistics and issues each an ID bracelet with a unique bar code. Nearby, computers display readings from up to 48 heart monitors, alerting nurses if they need to rush to a patient's bedside. Defibrillators, ventilators, and intravenous pumps are on standby. And by Monday, it will all disappear. The $600,000 medical facility, housed in a suite of inflatable tents just off the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, south of Eakins Oval, is one of four high-tech stations that will serve the thousands flocking to see Pope Francis.
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July 1, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
FRANK VEGA'S life was a mess. A serious heroin addict, drug peddler, jail bird, suicidal. In other words, a hopeless case, like so many in the dreary inner-city neighborhoods that harbor society's dregs. But something happened to Frank Vega while he was serving a 19-month sentence on drug charges in Holmesburg Prison. He had a dream. He saw broken people, like him, going into buildings and coming out restored. He believed it was a message from God, telling him he'd better do something for the people in his community, the ones he had for so long simply exploited for his own selfish gain.
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June 14, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Charles P. Steckel Jr., 84, of Broomall, a teacher and longtime vice principal at the former Monsignor Bonner High School, died Monday, June 8, of cardiac arrest at St. Martha's Manor in Downingtown. Mr. Steckel, a resident of Broomall for more than 35 years, was known for his kindness, generosity, and dry sense of humor. Born and reared in Allentown, the oldest of 12 children, Mr. Steckel told wonderful stories about growing up in such a large family. He worked for Western Electric Co. for two years after graduation from Allentown Central Catholic High School.
NEWS
June 13, 2015 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
One of the most mind-blowing musicians of all time, jazz great Ornette Coleman, 85, died of cardiac arrest Thursday in New York. From the beginning, Mr. Coleman was an energetic innovator intent on moving the music forward. The saxophonist, who was raised in Fort Worth, Texas, and played early on with Pee Wee Crayton's band - Crayton is famously supposed to have paid him "not to play" - and a Silas Green From New Orleans tent show, started off his solo career in 1958, leading a band that featured trumpeter Don Cherry on the appropriately titled Something Else!
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