First they Saved his Heart, then his Brain
Something wasn't quite right

Bill Fox of Fairview, Alberta didn’t feel well. He wasn’t in pain, but he felt uncomfortable in a way that he couldn’t describe. Perhaps sensing his discomfort, Avea, one of the family’s dogs, refused to leave his side.

Later that night, Bill’s wife Lori drove him to the Fairview Health Complex. Where he had a heart attack. Paramedics tried for over an hour to get Bill’s heart pumping again. Finally, after 71 minutes, they succeeded.

Grave danger
Lori’s relief was short-lived. She watched as the paramedics who had just saved Bill’s life began stuffing ice packs around his body.

“Why are you doing that?” she asked.

“We’re trying to save your husband’s brain.”

When the heart stops for any reason, less oxygen is sent to the brain. Devastating brain damage may occur. Even if the patient survives the heart attack.

Bill had gone well over an hour without breathing. His brain desperately needed oxygen to survive.

Cooling Bill's body saved his brain
The ice packs helped put Bill into a state of therapeutic hypothermia. When they arrived at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, Bill was placed in a hypothermic coma, buying even more time for his heart to heal.

Today, Bill, Lori and their dogs are back to living their lives in Fairview. Grateful for the outstanding care they received.

More precise cooling system
The Arctic Sun System provides precise temperature control; fast initiation of treatment and is easy to use. Doctors have an accurate and controlled way to quickly cool the patient’s body.  


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