Heart Health

Updated 20 August 2013

Medic has heart attack while doing CPR

A Detroit paramedic had a heart attack while giving CPR to a man having a heart attack.


Joseph Hardman, a paramedic from Detroit had a heart attack – while giving CPR to a patient having a heart attack.

"There was a sudden explosion-type feeling in my chest," said Hardman. His partner drove him and the patient to the local hospital. Both men had identical stents put in to remove blockages, and both are recovering. "If I hadn't been in the position I was in, I would have been deceased," he added.

A hospital doctor said they had never seen, nor heard of such a happening before. According to Hardman, he has no prior medical history of heart problems and has been working as a paramedic in Detroit for 15 years.

The blockage was found in a key artery that is often referred to by cardiologists as the "widow maker”. Doctors say he probably faces months of rehab before he'll be able to return to work.

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