msnbc.com
updated 6/29/2011 12:33:00 PM ET 2011-06-29T16:33:00

It was a lesson the audience may never forget.

  1. Don't miss these Health stories
    1. Splash News
      More women opting for preventive mastectomy - but should they be?

      Rates of women who are opting for preventive mastectomies, such as Angeline Jolie, have increased by an estimated 50 percent in recent years, experts say. But many doctors are puzzled because the operation doesn't carry a 100 percent guarantee, it's major surgery -- and women have other options, from a once-a-day pill to careful monitoring.

    2. Larry Page's damaged vocal cords: Treatment comes with trade-offs
    3. Report questioning salt guidelines riles heart experts
    4. CDC: 2012 was deadliest year for West Nile in US
    5. What stresses moms most? Themselves, survey says

A Maine cardiologist giving a lecture on coronary heart disease, along with a team of nurses, saved the life of a member of the audience when the man had a heart attack right in the middle of the class, the Lewiston, Me. Sun Journal reported.

Dr. William Phillips was comparing bypass surgery and heart stents for more than 100 people Monday evening at the Central Maine Medical Center when he was interrupted by the man complaining of chest pain.

"We were talking about angina and this man raised his hand and said, 'I'm having it right now,' " Phillips told the paper. "I said, 'Are you kidding? And he said, 'No.' "

The victim then collapsed, stopped breathing and had no pulse. Without missing a beat, the doctor and the cardiac rehab nurses who had been attending the lecture began CPR on the patient, as another nurse ran for a portable defibrillator. The quick reactions of the group saved the man's life, according to the Sun Journal.

When Phillips was certain the patient was OK and recovering in the hospital's emergency room, he continued the lecture.

"It was a pretty impressive event," Phillips told the Sun Journal. "I think the people will remember the lecture for that."

© 2013 msnbc.com Reprints

Discuss:

Discussion comments

,

Most active discussions

  1. votes comments
  2. votes comments
  3. votes comments
  4. votes comments