Jeremy Osborn, of Newark, Ohio, had been working all night on an assembly line when he fell to the floor, unresponsive. The 27-year-old narrowly escaped death when paramedics shocked his heart back into rhythm. But the question remained: Why did Jeremy experience a cardiac arrest at his young age?
Jeremy had suffered from both ventricular arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation, electrical signals that cause an irregular heartbeat.
By exploring his family history, doctors and a genetic counselor at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's Ross Heart Hospital identified a new genetic trigger of heart arrhythmia. That trigger almost certainly explained the untimely deaths of Jeremy’s grandfather and great-grandfather. And, it alerted his mother, his sister and even his five-year-old niece to their own probability of early heart disease.
Ohio State was at the forefront of this heart disease discovery, thanks to the generosity of donations large and small.