|[October 17, 2013]
Heart attack victim survives after nearly three hours of CPR
ST. PAUL, Minn. --(Business Wire)--
A 56-year-old man who had a heart attack survived and is recovering at
home after receiving two hours and forty five minutes of cardiopulmonary
resuscitation (CPR). The length of CPR time is believed to be among the
longest on record and was made possible because of a mechanical chest
compression machine called the LUCAS device.
A notable aspect of this case was that LUCAS was doing CPR while
Johannes Brechtken, MD, a HealthPartners interventional cardiologist at
Regions, performed angioplasty to open the man's clogged arteries.
Clinically dead for two hours and forty five minutes
Franko was at his job as a mechanic when his heart stopped contracting
n Aug. 19. Medics applied the LUCAS CPR device while the EMS crew
applied shocks to try to establish a normal heart beat. While receiving
CPR, Franko was conscious with his eyes open. The medics communicated
with him with eye blinking.
He was transported to Regions emergency room with LUCAS performing CPR.
After more than 90 minutes of CPR, his heartbeat was briefly restored
and he was transferred to the cath lab. After arriving, his heart
stopped beating again and the LUCAS device was again turned on. While
Franko was receiving CPR, Dr. Brechtken inserted a catheter and removed
a clot in the large artery known as the "widow maker". A short time
later Franco's heart began to beat again. The next morning, Franko woke
up with full brain function and he was able to go home ten days later.
Franko had been clinically dead for two hours and forty five minutes. He
had no heart beat and was kept alive with the help of the LUCAS device.
In addition, he received a total of 32 shocks to his chest.
"A case like this case breaks new ground and suggests that we might be
able to save more lives without brain damage. We may be able to
catheterize certain patients while getting CPR using LUCAS," said R.J.
Frascone, MD, the medical director for Emergency Medical Services at
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