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Jun 29, 2011 8:13 AM by Kate Richards

Man has heart attack during a heart disease lecture

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) - A Maine cardiologist and a team of nurses are being credited with saving the life of a heart attack victim, but it wasn't in an emergency room.

Dr. William Phillips was giving a lecture Monday on heart disease at the Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston when he was interrupted by a man complaining of chest pain.

Phillips asked a nurse to take the patient to the emergency room, but he collapsed. The victim wasn't breathing and had no pulse.

One of three cardiac nurses grabbed a defibrillator to help restart the man's heart. Meanwhile, paramedics arrived and took the patient to the emergency room.

Phillips tells the Sun Journal the man is now doing fine.

After the interruption, Phillips continued his lecture.

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