Doctors at UofL Health say it appears a blow to the chest may have caused a disturbance in his heart rhythm.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — On Monday night, Buffalo Bills center Damar Hamlin collapsed in the first quarter of the football game after a play.
Now, say UofL Health doctors it appears that a blow to the chest may have caused a disturbance in his heart rhythm.
Dr. Kim Williams with UofL Health said it can happen when a hard object hits the middle of the sternum, at a vulnerable point in your heartbeat, effectively stopping your heart.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and a automated external defibrillator (AED) can shock the heart back to life. An AED is used to deliver a shock to the heart to help it return to a regular rhythm American Red Cross.
The Bills say Hamlin went into cardiac arrest during their game against Cincinnati.
Williams says it shows how critical it is to know CPR.
“When this happens in the community, we have a huge ethnic disparity between the survival of whites versus blacks, because of our lack of knowledge in our community to do CPR right away,” he said.
He says this is a call for people to become CPR certified and know how to use an AED.
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