HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac Men's Basketball Director of Operations Mike Papale will appear on the television show "Second Opinion" on June 12, 2015 at a studio in downtown Rochester, New York to discuss sudden cardiac arrest and to help raise awareness by sharing his story. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation helped facilitate the connection between Papale and 'Second Opinion'.
"It is an honor that Fiona Willis reached out to my mother and me to be on 'Second Opinion'", said Papale. "Since 2006, it has been both of our goals to help raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and to save lives. Being on this show and sharing our story will give us another opportunity to do that."
Papale, who just finished his third season at Quinnipiac, suffers from a hereditary condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which affects the heart muscle. Papale first became aware of the condition back in August of 2006 when he went into cardiac arrest while training at the Wallingford Parks & Recreation Center.
Papale underwent an operation to implant a combined pacemaker and defibrillator - a specialized device designed to directly treat a cardiac tachydysrhythmia. Scare struck again for Papale back in October 2014, when there was swelling and redness on his device. That was followed by erratic conditions such as a high fever and chills, knowing immediately that something wasn't right.
Papale's doctor discovered a bacterial infection on his implanted defibrillator which needed to be removed and sterilized. Unfortunately, the scar tissue started bleeding during the procedure which required an emergency open-heart surgery to stop the bleeding and detach the device. After 12 hours of surgery, the device was successfully removed and Papale was given a Zoll Live Vest which acts as a portable defibrillator. He used this, along with Picc Line to deliver an antibiotic, for six weeks before a final surgery to reinstall a Subcutaneous Implantable Defibrillator.
The goal of 'Second Opinion' is to promote good health, improve doctor/patient communication and empower viewers to take charge of their own healthcare, and in turn, help them navigate the medical system for better health outcomes. Host Dr. Peter Salgo engages a panel of medical professionals and patients on a multitude of health topics to raise awareness and educate viewers on these matters.
Seen on public television stations across the country, 'Second Opinion' is now in its 10th season. Papale's segment will likely air sometime this fall.
About Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death among adults over the age of 40 in the United States and other countries. In the U.S. alone, approximately 326,200 people of all ages experience EMS-assessed out-of-hospital non-traumatic SCA each year and nine out of 10 victims die. In fact, the number of people who die each year from SCA is roughly equivalent to the number who die from Alzheimer's disease, assault with firearms, breast cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, diabetes, HIV, house fires, motor vehicle accidents, prostate cancer and suicides combined. SCA is a life-threatening condition--but it can be treated successfully through early intervention with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), defibrillation, advanced cardiac life support, and mild therapeutic hypothermia. When bystanders intervene by giving CPR and using automated external defibrillators (AEDs) before EMS arrives, four out of 10 victims survive.
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