July 3, 2008
Although it receives less publicity than many medical conditions, sudden cardiac arrest accounts for 310,000 deaths in the U.S. every year, or about 850 deaths a day, according to the American Heart Association. But death from sudden cardiac arrest can be prevented by using a simple device called an AED, or automatic external defibrillator, says Dr. Stephen Pollock, chief of the cardiology division at St. Joseph Medical Center. What is sudden cardiac death? Sudden cardiac death is the result of a lethal heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation.
October 22, 2012
Among the 74 calls for medical and fire-rescue service the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department received during the period Oct. 14-21 were the following: Greystone Road, 1200 block, 11:57 p.m. Oct. 17. Crews responded to the report of person going into cardiac arrest in Arbutus and transported a critically ill person to a local hospital. Highridge Street, 5400 block, 9:12 p.m. Oct 17. Crews responded to the report of a person having fallen in Arbutus and transported a seriously injured person to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
March 18, 2005
A 95-year-old great-grandmother was reported in critical condition late last night at St. Agnes HealthCare after suffering a cardiac arrest during a fire that extensively damaged her Southwest Baltimore home, authorities said. Firefighters rescued the unnamed woman from a second-floor room of her burning brick rowhouse in the first block of Bernice Ave. in the Carroll-South Hilton community shortly after 8 p.m. after several other family members had escaped unhurt, authorities said. More than 40 firefighters manning 12 pieces of apparatus brought the fire under control shortly before 9 p.m. Its cause was under investigation.
August 24, 2003
An unidentified 20-year-old man died yesterday of a heart attack after being stabbed on a West Baltimore street, police said. The death has been ruled a homicide by police, who did not identify the victim because his family had not been notified. The man was stabbed in the side by an unknown assailant after the two briefly fought in the 1000 block of N. Calhoun St. about 6:15 p.m., police said. The victim staggered, fell to the street and suffered cardiac arrest, police said. He was transported to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
May 13, 2003
Howard County police were investigating a fatal car accident in which an Owings Mills man suffered cardiac arrest after driving the wrong way on U.S. 40 in Ellicott City. About 1:15 p.m. Friday, Edward Pfrang, 56, made a wrong turn in his Honda Civic on U.S. 40, near Valley Lane, and traveled westbound in the eastbound lanes, police said. The Honda sideswiped a Lexus, continued westbound and hit a Toyota Camry head-on, police said. Pfrang, of the first block of Wengate Court in Owings Mills, went into cardiac arrest after the collision, police said.
May 1, 2011
Jenna Miller agreed to marry her longtime boyfriend, Benjamin Woods, just months after he rescued her from near-certain death by performing CPR when she experienced a sudden cardiac arrest. But on Jan. 8, two weeks after their first wedding anniversary, her heart gave out again, and she died as Woods held her in his arms. Miller — with her fiery red hair, bright smile and plans to help others — died at age 26 of cardiac arrest brought on by a decade of binge-eating and purging.