Garland Dempsey was as good as dead. Caddieing for John Maginnes during the third round of the Motorola Western Open in July, Dempsey had just walked off the 15th tee of Cog Hill Golf and Country Club when his heart stopped, suddenly and without warning.
Without a pulsing heart to pump blood and oxygen, Dempsey was seconds from becoming another data point in a chilling statistic: Each year in the U.S., 250,000 people die of sudden cardiac arrest. Every 29 seconds, someone in America suffers a coronary event, and every minute, someone dies from one. Indeed, heart disease is the nation’s leading killer.