A Hall County (Georgia) Firefighter remains at the hospital after going into cardiac arrest during on-the-job training Tuesday. Fire Sgt. Jonathan Barton was participating in physical training and conditioning with a recruit class at the Hall County Fire Services Training Center when he went into cardiac arrest.
Sgt Barton was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where doctors performed a cardiac catheterization. Doctors used an Impella pump to assist with his heart functions. At multiple points, he went through episodes of ventricular tachycardia, which is when a heart beats abnormally fast, preventing proper blood and oxygen flow to the body.
His wife told the fire department that Barton attempted to speak overnight, and that he is recovering. The cardiac arrest was prompted by a blocked main artery, and that his status is critical but stable.
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