Sunday, January 23, 2011

Free CPR classes

For those that live in Howard County the HoCo Department of Fire and Rescue will be offering free CPR classes to the public on the 2nd and 4th Saturday's of each month. Call 410-313-2016 for info. I encourage all to attend.

Looks like they're never going to know exactly why I went into cardiac arrest, hopefully a one time freak thing. Apparently my defibrillator/pacemaker records everything my heart does and when I went in earlier this week they uploaded all the data from the device and said everything looks great. They could see a few minor arrhythmia's that were short (5 beats, so probably only 1-2 seconds), normal, and nothing to worry about. When they told me I just had one at 11 a.m. that morning it was obvious it was when I was riding and during a 15 min climb, and like they said I wouldn't even realize I had it.

Been back on the bike for a month and pretty much back to normal, it's been crazy and I can't believe how fast I was back to having great health and being on the bike. Modern Medicine is amazing.

Been contacted by other athletes who have also suffered sudden cardiac arrest, and it'll probably be a slow process, but were talking about hopefully setting up a website for discussion and raise funding/set up a non-profit when we figure out what type of direction we want to take with it. Looks like the first step will simply be to set up a website/forum for those with similar occurrences to talk about what happened and living life afterward.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

You might want to look into Athletes for America, an organization headed up by Billy McGeehe that is also working on getting athletes better prepared to take action when emergencies occur and to serve as role models for others. AFA sponsored a CPR training session this past weekend at Malden High School (Massachusetts) where over 90 student athletes showed up to learn CPR.

pammi said...

One of the most important parts of the heart is the pacemaker. When the natural (or original) pacemaker starts functioning with a lesser efficiency compared to the recommended one, the use of artificial pacemakers is suggested. Surgery is needed to implant an artificial pacemaker inside the body.

The artificial pacemaker (or simply ‘pacemaker’) is a device which functions on electrical impulses which are delivered by electrodes in contact with the heart muscles, thus helping in the regulation of the heart’s beating.

So, the most important function of the pacemaker is maintaining the heart rate within specified safe limits. This is required when the natural pacemaker is not functioning with sufficient speed. It may also be needed in case there is some kind of a block (obstruction) in the electrical conducting system of the patient’s heart.

Artificial pacemakers come in the following types --- Rate-responsive pacemaker, Single chamber pacemaker and Dual (or double) chamber pacemaker.

Some pacemakers are implantable. These are required for permanent pacing of the heart. Surgical operation is carried out for doing this and pacing electrodes are placed in the heart’s chambers. This type of pacemaker has in-built electronic circuitry, which detects the change in the pace of heart and adjusts it automatically to bring it within the recommended limit. This function is done by an important part of the pacemaker called as the pacemaker generator.

For getting best results from the artificial pacemaker, it is suggested that the battery of the pacemaker be replaced at regular intervals of time. It is extremely important to check the pacemaker regularly from a practicing physician.

The use of a pacemaker has helped a lot of people so far. The best part of it is that it does change the person’s lifestyle to much of an extent. Only the use of devices or gadgets generating magnetic fields is not allowed.

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Sofia Sana said...

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Good read. I enjoyed your interpretation of the heart disease
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