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Dr. Giri’s research and how its application saved me
The night of my cardiac arrest, I had a lot of good luck come my way, maybe none more fortuitous than Dr. Jay Giri being the cardiac interventionist on call at Penn that night. Dr. Giri not only is an accomplished and skilled surgeon, but he has a Masters in Public Health where he drives research into issues that have real world impact on his cardiac work.
Specifically, among his research focuses, Dr. Giri advocates for aggressive early intervention into cardiac events for best outcomes, and he analyzes the ways in which health system risk management discourages such practices to the detriment of good patient outcomes.
My life is owed to Dr. Giri’s philosophy, approach and research. My cardiac arrest was very dire – many defibrillator shocks failed to resuscitate me and I was in arrest for 25 minutes. However, because of his aggressive approach, Dr. Giri and his team (a) kept me alive with effective CPR; (b) had the rare ECMO equipment on-hand and implemented immediately at Dr. Giri’s instruction to save my life; (c) stuck with this work for 25 minutes; (d) restarted my heart and cleared the blockages; and (e) oversaw my recovery in full.
Now, I work to raise funds for several initiatives, including Dr. Giri’s research laboratory.
As a part of my new, second life, I am raising awareness and funds to help the mission of the American Heart Association, including organizing a team for the Philadelphia “Heart Walk” this Autumn. Please consider joining my team for the 5K walk, and/or donating to our efforts – see the link below.
In the past, funds raised from the Heart Walk have led to scientific breakthroughs like pacemakers, cardiac stents, and artificial heart valves that keep people alive longer.
Every step counts. And together we are helping save lives!
More than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of the hospital each year. Unfortunately, only about 46% of those people get the immediate CPR help that they need before professional help arrives. Ira is one of the lucky ones. CPR makes it 2-3x more likely that the cardiac arrest victim will survive. It makes a difference.
By the end of the summer of 2023, Ira will be certified as an AHA instructor in Basic Life Support (CPR, AED, First Aid) and will be giving classes. He hopes to train at least 150 people per year in these life-saving techniques.
Check out the video above for more information on this course work that can save someone you love.