Thursday, February 19, 2015

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: A near-death experience out of nowhere

Susan Burns experienced cardiac arrest with no warning

A timeline of the progression of research is
shown, as provided by the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
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By Lisa Goudy

Susan Burns doesn’t know most of the people who helped her survive.

It happened on Dec. 20, 2013. She was 44 years old and in the best shape possible. She ate healthy foods, exercised regularly and has never smoked. She knew her family had a history of heart troubles – her grandfather died of a heart attack at age 47 and her mother had her first heart attack at age 30 – and she had high cholesterol, but she felt fine.

In fact, she was better than fine. Living in Regina, she went to her regular gym on her day off, a day she described as “normal” for her. She ran on the treadmill for a workout session. She had no warning for what happened several minutes into the run.

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