AUSTIN (KXAN) - Paramedics brought a young runner back to life after he went into cardiac arrest during the Capitol 10K Sunday morning.
Warren Hassinger with Austin-Travis County EMS says the 25-year-old man is a law student in San Antonio.
"He was technically dead for a few minutes," said Hassinger. "He had no pulse. He was not breathing."
Paramedics stationed along the race route came to the rescue in mere seconds before anyone even had time to call 911.
They were able to get his pulse going again and the man regained consciousness.
Hassinger said sometimes cardiac arrest patients suffer amnesia when they come to, but not this man. He told paramedics he wanted to finish the race.
"As he was speaking to the medical team, he told them he'd like to finish the race, and that's the spirit of the runner in play right there, so that's the good news of the day," said Jeff Hahn, spokesperson for the race.
You can guess their response. The runner was rushed to University Medical Center Brackenridge and is expected to make a full recovery.
So what could cause an otherwise healthy person to go into cardiac arrest? Dr. Ross Tobleman of Scott and White in Round Rock says, likely, an underlying structural abnormality of the heart is the problem.
"Most of the time when young healthy people go into cardiac arrest its because the rhythm of the heart changes and stops pumping blood effectively," Dr. Tobleman said.
Often--the condition is something you're born with. It's important to know how to react if someone suffers cardiac arrest. First, find someone to give CPR. Then call 911. Also, look for an automatic external defibrillator (AED.) Dr. Tobleman says acting quickly can be a matter of life or death.
"The sooner you can restore circulation or the sooner you can restore the heartbeat, the better off these people have of survival down the road," Dr. Tobleman said.
While cardiac arrest is often caused by underlying conditions, there are some warning signs: chest discomfort during or after physical activity--especially if it becomes more frequent. Also, take note if the discomfort starts to come on more quickly during physical activity. Routine exams and screenings can help detect heart abnormalities.
The near death experience happened near the finish line on the final leg of the race. He went down near the intersection of Cesar Chavez and San Antonio Street.
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