Heart Attack Victim Saved By Hospital's Fast 'Door To Balloon' RateThe American Heart Association urges hospitals to have a quick "door to balloon rate." That's the time it takes to get a patient from the hospital doors to an operating room, where the blocked artery can be opened by inflating and deflating a tiny balloon.
Woman Reflects On Losing Husband During Pond Hockey TournamentThere has been an outpouring of support for the family of a man who died recently while playing in a pond hockey tournament. Greg Riebe suffered a heart attack at 46. He collapsed after a game at the North American Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Minnetonka last month.
Christmas Tree Stolen From Fallen Police Officer's GraveStillwater police hope someone can help them find whoever stole a Christmas tree from the gravesite of a fallen police officer. The tree was taken from Fairview Cemetery in Stillwater, from the gravesite of Officer Josh Lynaugh.
After Heart Scare, School Trains Staff And Students In LifesavingMore than 700 students, staff, faculty and even parents took part in a CPR/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training workshop at Saint Thomas Academy Wednesday afternoon. The massive workshop comes after a student suffered a cardiac event and collapsed on the football field this August. A student and a member of the coaching staff, who was also a doctor, administered CPR until help arrived.
Mpls. Mayor Responds To WCCO's 911 InvestigationRules are changing at Minneapolis's 911 center after a WCCO Investigation found some callers waiting minutes to get through. Raymond Callihan's wife tried twice to reach an operator last week when her husband suffered a heart attack. Her second call took more than two minutes to answer. Callihan died Thursday morning. City leaders Thursday expressed sympathy for his family. But operators at the 911 center worry others may not get help as quickly as they should, and they're asking for more staff.
With Dad Now On Life Support, Family Questions Mpls. 911's Delayed ResponsePictures in a north Minneapolis dining room show the bright smile of 72-year-old Raymond Callihan, a man who loved nothing more than spending time with his large family. "My father was a wonderful person," said daughter Kamie Reed. "He would help anyone." But that happiness has been replaced by hurt now that Reed and her mother, Arcola Tullis, know there won't be any more memories like them.
Rybak Talks About Life After Suffering A Heart AttackJust days after leaving the office as Minneapolis mayor for 12 years, R.T. Rybak suffered a life-threatening heart attack while skiing on a weekend afternoon at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis back in January.
Be Prepared To Perform CPR In An EmergencyFebruary is Heart Disease Awareness month. Every year, 1,300 Minnesotans have a heart attack, and of that number, only 200 survive. WCCO's Jamie Yuccas went to the University of Minnesota to learn what to do at home in an emergency.
4 Weeks After Heart Attack, Rybak Skis In LoppetAs the lights glistened on Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis, skiers took part in a celebration of Minnesota winter. Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was ready to slip on his ski boots. You would never know his last ski trip was almost his very last. "I did come a little closer to not being here than I'd probably ever want to," Rybak said. On Jan. 7, Rybak was skiing in Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis when he suffered a major heart attack.
Synthetic Drugs In Cross Hairs Of Minn. LawmakersMinnesota may be taking a big step to stop the sale of synthetic drugs in the state. A special committee of lawmakers approved a sweeping set of changes Wednesday to end what some describe as an "epidemic." They are substances sold in head shops around the state as incense and bath salts, but they're extremely dangerous when ingested. The drugs have exotic names and seductive websites, but they're easily available on Minnesota Main Streets.
Students Rally Around Ailing Mayer TeacherStudents at a high school just west of the metro are pulling together to help a teacher in critical condition after suffering a heart attack. Mayer Lutheran High School students are supporting their Spanish teacher, Adela Alvarez, by raising money to help with her medical expenses. Joel Landskroener, executive director at Mayer, says when Alvarez wasn't in the classroom teaching Spanish to teenagers, she was out in the community teaching Zumba.
Rybak: I Had More Heart Damage At PromFormer Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is taking to the internet to say “thank you,” and share he's healthier than he has been in years. Rybak suffered a heart attack two weeks ago after cross-country skiing. In his RyBlog, he joked he has no permanent damage, unless you count the shirt they cut off of him.