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'Thankful forever': Runner revived after suffering heart attack in Thanksgiving race counts his blessings

'Thankful forever': Runner revived after suffering heart attack in Thanksgiving race counts his blessings | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

On this chilly morning he was among nearly 10,000 pumped-up people running the Feaster Five Road Race in Andover. He ran with his daughter Paige, a student at the University of West Virginia.

“I was really excited,” said the 52-year-old North Andover resident. “It was the third time I had run the Feaster Five. I was with my daughter, who was home from college (University of West Virginia). I just remember being so happy.”

With about 150 yards to go in the 5K race, Dewhirst turned right onto York Street, a pain-in-the-neck hill near the end the course.

“I really wanted to give it my all and finish strong,” said Dewhirst. “I started charging up the hill. I was about three-quarters of the way up when I started feeling light-headed, like I was going to pass out.”

That’s the last thing Dewhirst remembered of his run. He collapsed on the street. He had suffered a heart attack.whirst was revived and whisked him off to Lawrence General Hospital.

Seth Bilazarian, MD's insight:

"“He had no pulse, no heartbeat,” “Our medical team, along with a few runners in the area, responded right away and performed CPR and with an AED and brought Alan back to life. He is lucky he went down in a road race versus in his back yard or walking up his stairs. It’s proof again that running in a road race can actually save your life.”
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Great story by Bill Burt ( @BurtTalksSports ) of Eagle Tribune showing the fantastic life saving results when the chain of survival is in place for rapid CPR (within seconds), rapid defibrilation with an AED (within minutes) then transport to a first rate hospital for heart attack care with angioplasty and stenting (Lawrence General Hospital). Patient returns to a productive life thanks to all the participants which have led to his complete recovery.
Take note of the importance of recognizing early warning signs.  "Dewhirst, ... does recall some issues over the last six months in which he was a little more tired than normal or his heat was “racing” and he needing to stop and breathe." This story turned out great but earlier recognition would have been less dramatic and allot safer.

 

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Anyone Can Save A Life

Anyone Can Save A Life | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

Anyone Can Save A Life is a first-of-its-kind emergency response program for after-school practices and events.

 

Key Take Away: My community has done a great job acquiring Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) for schools, churches and public places.  HOWEVER, these devices will not be life saving unless people know where the nearest AED is and how to use it.  This is a great program to get schools to create confident and rapid use in the setting of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).  By implementing Anyone Can Save A Life, the school community is ‘heart safe’–equipped and prepared to respond to life-threatening emergencies that may take place during after-school athletic and activity practices and events.

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