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Agnes Phillips, left, sits beside her husband Bernie as she talks about his cardiac arrest at a news conference Tuesday at Albany Medical Center. Bernie Phillips, 48, a Schenectady High School teacher, had a heart attack in his sleep Jan. 3.
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Agnes Phillips, left, sits beside her husband Bernie as she talks about his cardiac arrest at a news conference Tuesday at Albany Medical Center. Bernie Phillips, 48, a Schenectady High School teacher, had a heart attack in his sleep Jan. 3.
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Early the morning of Jan. 3, Agnes Phillips was sleeping next to her husband Bernie, when she noticed his breathing sounded strange. “I heard an irregular breathing sound, and I thought he was in the middle of a bad dream,” recalled Agnes Phillips, 47, a chemistry teacher at Schenectady High School. She tried to awaken her husband. When she got no response, she called 911 and started cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. Minutes later, emergency medical responders from ...


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crochet
January 14, 2009
10:34 a.m.

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My husband suffered a sudden cardiac arrest in July 2008. Induced hypothermia was done at Tacoma General Hospital. After much testing at the University of Washington the diagnosis is cardiac sarcoidosis.

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