Brothers Jack and Bob Senske – die weeks apart

By Tim Grobaty, Long Beach Press Telegram

They were stars from the old days at St. Anthony, the 1940s and 1950s: Jack Senske, one of the key players of the 1949 Saints football team that won the CIF championship, with B.I. Mais and Johnny Olszewski, and his youngest brother Bob, who excelled in baseball, golf and sailing.

Jack and Bob Senske

Jack and Bob Senske

Jack died on Aug. 11 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s. He was 86. Bob died suddenly on Wednesday from a heart attack suffered after knee surgery. He was 80.

Mais recalls the early 1940s when he and Jack Senske would roam the wild and open west side of Long Beach around the alphabetized streets east of Santa Fe. There were large fields of strawberries and vegetables, a turkey farm, and pastures of cows and horses. Above it all were barrage balloons tethered nearby the oil fields to protect the Texaco refinery from aerial attack by the Japanese.

The Senskes lived on Baltic Avenue, the Maises two blocks away on Delta Avenue. “Jack was the oldest, and his three younger brothers all wanted to be like him, so we all hung out together,” said Mais. “We spent a lot of time at Silverado Park playing sports.”

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Gov. Mark Dayton collapsed during his State of the State address

Mark Dayton recovering after collapsing during his State of the State address

By David Montgomery and Rachel E. Stassen-Berger
PUBLISHED: January 23, 2017 at 7:51 pm | UPDATED: January 24, 2017 at 12:24 pm
at twincities.com

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton collapses while giving his annual State of the State Address in the House Chambers of the State Capitol in St. Paul, Monday, January 23, 2017. Dayton had tripped earlier in the evening before heading to the podium. (Pioneer Press: Scott Takushi)

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton collapses while giving his annual State of the State Address in the House Chambers of the State Capitol in St. Paul, Monday, January 23, 2017. Dayton had tripped earlier in the evening before heading to the podium. (Pioneer Press: Scott Takushi)

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Gov. Mark Dayton collapsed during his State of the State address Monday evening in front of an assembled audience of lawmakers, state officials and Minnesotans.

The 69-year-old Dayton fainted 45 minutes into the speech before a joint session of the Legislature at the state Capitol in St. Paul. After spending several minutes on the ground in the House chamber, he walked into a back room with assistance. His staff later said that he returned home, was evaluated by medics and is planning to deliver his biennial budget on Tuesday.

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Forestville teen saved by father by CPR

The Press Democrat, December 24, 2016
by Chris Smith
Forestville teen who saved by father by CPR, headed for Rose Parade
 
CPR Lewis and Steve Griffith

Lewis Griffith was only 13 years old when his dad Steve suffered a cardiac arrest in their Forestville [California] home. Luckily Lewis had learned CPR in his PE class at school and saved his father’s life in 2014 (John Burgess/ The Press Democrat)

Broken Heart Syndrome – Takotsubo cardiomyopathy

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy

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Schematic representation of takotsubo cardiomyopathy (A) compared to a normal heart (B)

Schematic representation of takotsubo cardiomyopathy (A) compared to a normal heart (B)

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, also known as stress cardiomyopathy, is a type of non-ischemic cardiomyopathy in which there is a sudden temporary weakening of the muscular portion of the heart. This weakening may be triggered by emotional stress, such as the death of a loved one, a break-up, or constant anxiety. This leads to one of the common names, Broken Heart Syndrome. Stress cardiomyopathy is now a well-recognized cause of acute heart failure, lethal ventricular arrhythmias, and ventricular rupture.

The name “Takotsubo syndrome” comes from the Japanese word for a kind of octopus trap (ja), because the left ventricle takes on a shape resembling a fishing pot.

Signs and symptoms

The typical presentation of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is a sudden onset of chest pain associated with ECG changes mimicking a myocardial infarction of the anterior wall. During the course of evaluation of the patient, a bulging out of the left ventricular apex with a hypercontractile base of the left ventricle is often noted. It is the hallmark bulging out of the apex of the heart with preserved function of the base that earned the syndrome its name “tako tsubo”, or octopus pot in Japan, where it was first described.

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Carrie Frances Fisher (October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016)

Source: Wikipedia

Carrie Fisher 2013

Carrie Fisher 2013

Carrie Frances Fisher (October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016) was an American actress, writer, and humorist. Fisher was the daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. She was known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars film series. Her other film roles included Shampoo (1975), The Blues Brothers (1980), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), The ‘Burbs (1989), and When Harry Met Sally… (1989).

Bipolar disorder and drug use

In appearances on 20/20 and The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive with Stephen Fry, Fisher publicly discussed her diagnosis of bipolar disorder and her addictions to cocaine and prescription medication. She said her drug use was a form of self-medication; she used pain medication such as Percodan to “dial down” the manic aspect of her bipolar disorder. “Drugs made me feel normal,” she explained to Psychology Today in 2001. “They contained me.” She discussed her 2008 memoir Wishful Drinking and various topics in it with Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today that same year, and also revealed that she would have turned down the role of Princess Leia had she realized it would give her the celebrity status that made her parents’ lives difficult. This interview was followed by a similar appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on December 12, 2008, where she discussed her electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) treatments. At one point, she received ECT every six weeks to “blow apart the cement” in her brain. In 2014, she said she was no longer receiving the treatment.

Fisher revealed in another interview that she used cocaine during the filming of The Empire Strikes Back. “Slowly, I realized I was doing a bit more drugs than other people and losing my choice in the matter,” she noted. In 1985, after months of sobriety, she accidentally overdosed on a combination of prescription medication and sleeping pills. She was rushed to the hospital, creating the turn of events that led to much of the material in her novel and screenplay, Postcards from the Edge. Asked why she did not take on the role of her story’s protagonist, named Suzanne, in the film version, Fisher remarked, “I’ve already played Suzanne.”

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