When you see a cardiac arrest, your brain fights you - "No, this isn't really happening" - and the circumstances fight you - "Dang! in CPR class the manikin didn't weigh very much and wasn't sitting in a deep chair. This blog deals with practical details and presents reports of "saves." Let me have your questions and comments - they will steer the course of this blog.
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[This is most likely a case of commotio cordis - the conversion of a normal heart rhythm to a chaotic one in which the pumping of blood is stopped when a sharp blow to the chest in the area of the heart triggers a chaotic heart motion. This is possible during a fairly small portion of the heart's electrical activity. Hundreds of people die from this event in the U.S.A. every year.]
A 15-year-old Milford High hockey player is in critical but stable condition today after getting hit in the chest by a puck and collapsing on the ice Monday night, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette is reporting.
Tyler Symes' heart stopped after he was hit by the puck at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, but a team trainer and a bystander quickly helped administer CPR and revived him before medical support arrived.