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A Chicago Public Schools teacher has died after suffering a heart attack at an elementary school in the Austin neighborhood, authorities said. James Dasher, 58, collapsed Tuesday afternoon at Spencer Elementary Technology Academy, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He was pronounced dead at 3:50 p.m. at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park. An autopsy determined the cause of death was cardiovascular disease.
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Peoria area fire department staff, 911 dispatchers and other rescue squad personnel Monday participated in a Resuscitation Academy Workshop sponsored by the Illinois Heart Rescue Project. Program Director Teri Campbell says health providers across the state will be invited to participate in these events. See the full story here.
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A program to provide advanced medical training for certain deputies in the Lake County Sheriff’s Office paid off in the most important of ways earlier this month. Two Lake County Courthouse deputies, trained under the sheriff’s office’s emergency medical program, saved the life of a 53-year-old man who went into complete cardiac arrest on the afternoon of Dec. 12.More
SPRINGFIELD – George Laman wonders why nobody used the nearby portable defibrillator to restart his daughter’s heart when she died while practicing with her high school drill team. Eric Bell says he is alive today because his son learned CPR. Now their two suburban families have formed a partnership that’s behind state legislation to require high school students to learn how to use the heart-starting device and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.More
Rich Peverley, a Forward for the Dallas Stars, collapsed in a game against Columbus and was rushed to the locker room where CPR and and AED restarted his heart. The 31-year-old Peverley is in good condition at a Dallas hospital, but the episode shook his teammates and led to the game’s postponement.
After Peverley collapsed, Dallas players were pounding their sticks on the boards to try to get the attention of officials. When that didn’t work, they started jumping off the bench onto the ice with the game going on. After the game stopped and the chaotic scene played out, the Stars stood in stunned silence, clearly in distress, unsure what had happened to a player they knew had a history of heart problems.More
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. SCA affects approximately 350,000 people in the United States per year and claims more lives than stroke, lung cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined. It is the largest killer of persons over 45 years old.
The risk of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) increases with age. The risk also is higher if you have underlying heart disease. Men are two to three times more likely to have SCA than women. SCA rarely occurs in children unless they have inherited problems that make them likely to have SCA.
The major risk factor for SCA is coronary heart disease (CHD). Most people who have a SCA have some degree of CHD. However, these people may not know that they have CHD. Many SCAs happen in people who have silent CHD and no known heart disease prior to SCA.
Other risk factors for SCA include:
- High blood cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Diabetes and pre-diabetes
- Overweight and obesity
- Lack of physical activity
- A personal history of arrhythmias
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Drug or alcohol abuse
The single most important factor for improving survival rates in Illinois is teaching as many people as possible to recognize SCA and to immediately 1) Call 911, 2) do hands-only CPR and 3) use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). Contact us and we will come to your organization with a team of volunteers who will train your church members, employees or friends.
It is also important that your church, work or community have an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and that people on your team are trained how to use it. Learn more where to purchase one here.
The Illinois Heart Rescue project consists of a team of healthcare professionals, first responders, advocacy groups and community-based organizations who are committed to improving SCA survival rates in the State of Illinois.
Illinois Heart Rescue’s Mission is to:
- Train as many state of Illinois residents as possible to recognize and react to Sudden Cardiac Arrest when they witness it;
- Educate Pre-hospital first responders, including EMS and 911 Dispatchers, using updated team-based Incident Command guidelines.
- Educate Hospitals to the survival benefits of hypothermia after SCA, and the assessment of neurological impairment, by establishing SCA protocols.
- Create a SCA Survivors Network in order to provide support for new SCA survivors and their families.
- Improve the collection of data in order to have accurate metrics regarding the incidence of SCA and outcomes.