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WWE Breaking News: Jerry Lawler Suffers Heart Attack on Raw

Tonight on Monday Night Raw, Jerry Lawler suffered what appears to be a heart attack. Reports are stating that Lawler began to convulse at the commentary table, and lost consciousness. As the minutes passed, a report from Michael Cole came out that Lawler was having CPR administered to him in the back. Jerry Lawler was transported by ambulance to the nearest medical facility. Another report from Cole came in that Lawler is breathing on his own, which is an amazingly good sign.

During a heart attack, a blockage in the heart causes all the problems. This blockage is caused by blood clots that form over time. Once the clot becomes large enough, blood flow will be shut off from the part of the heart where the clot forms. The person will have sudden and severe chest pain, and lose consciousness due to no oxygen being able to leave the heart to the rest of the body.

I cannot speak for how the paramedics and doctors run a heart attack in Canada, but I will explain what we do here.

When a person has a heart attack, CPR is started first. This allows manual contraction of the heart, and pumps oxygenated blood to the organs so that the organs do not die. A heart monitor is attached, and a reading of the heart rhythm is obtained. What we see on TV is not what happens in real life. A heart cannot be shocked at any time. There are only a couple of cardiac rhythms that can be shocked. If one of these rhythms is seen, the paramedics will shock the heart, to try and get it to pump on its own. If that does not work, epinephrine, or atropine will be given. These drugs can also get the heart to start again. Paramedics will also stick a tube into the throat of the patient to provide oxygen. Once the tube is in place, he will be attached to a machine that will breath for him. All of this takes place within minutes.

Lawler will be examined at the hospital to determine where the blood clot in his heart is. He will be getting a medication called Heparin, which is a blood thinner. Cardiovascular surgeons will determine what the best method of treatment is, and if open heart surgery, or heart catheterization is a viable choice.

The next 24 hours are critical for Lawler.

That fact that Lawler is breathing on his own is a great sign. It means that the heart is not stopped. As more information comes in, I will update this article.

UPDATE 1
Cole announced that Lawler is responsive to light. This means his pupils are reacting normally to light stimulus. The pupils of the eyes are one of the first indicators of brain damage due to lack of oxygen. The fact that they are reacting properly is a very good sign.

UPDATE 2
Cole reports as Raw is going off the air that Lawler is breathing on his own, and his heart is beating on its own.

UPDATE 3 Brian Christopher (Lawler’s son) has released a statement confirming that Lawler had a heart attack.

Louie Babcock has over 6 years experience in emergency medicine.

About Louie Babcock

Owner of WrestleEnigma.com. The Internet Wrestling Community's medical expert. Pre-Med at the University Of Minnesota. Most importantly, a proud father and leader of a great staff of writers.
  • https://twitter.com/DragonSagaWE Jason “Dragon Saga” Patrick

    Well done on getting this up Louie, but I have one question.

    Why is it an editorial? It’s even titled as “breaking news” in the title. It should be in the news section.

    • Louie_Babcock

      I never wrote breaking news before, so I guess I just clicked the wrong box. Didnt even notice lol.

  • SiD

    Nice job, man, hope he’s okay.

  • http://twitter.com/TheBerge_ Kevin Berge

    Nice job getting this out quickly, Louie. My best wishes go out to Lawler and his family.

  • http://twitter.com/ValentyneDreams Valentyna

    Last night, this article was the first report published of the events that transpired at the Centre Bell in Montreal. During the commotion that happened while Raw was taping while everyone was scrambling for information, only Louie Babcock was presenting a clear concise picture of what was actually transpiring. Wrestle Enigma was the first site to obtain information on the actual situation and make sense of such a horrific occurance. What happened to Jerry Lawler was a frightening experience for anyone that was nearby last night. My prayers and those of my family are with him and his family at this difficult time. ~Valentyna Holloway

  • http://twitter.com/JacobJ_Enigma Jacob Stachowiak

    Watch, Taz will have a stroke on air after a confrontation with Aces & Eights. Anything to outshine the competition…

    Yeah, I made that joke…

  • DashingLuke

    I’m praying he’s alright.

  • http://twitter.com/SEBillyWeber Billy Weber

    My thoughts go out to Jerry

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YYQIUS6UBIGNHDZLYW5PX3PDFY Matt

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Jerry.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YYQIUS6UBIGNHDZLYW5PX3PDFY Matt

    Vince needs to start giving a fuck about his employees. If he truly was not on commentary last week due to chest pains, this is an absolute outrage. I’m sure he will never take the responsibility for that though and will take it out on someone else like CM Punk. Fuck WWE.

  • AdrianFylonenko

    He should have never been in that ring. Not sure why WWE keeps letting him wrestle. Even if he wants to wrestle, WWE should be smart enough to not let a 62 year old wrestle.

  • Drifter

    Sorry to hear about Lawler. A true great in the business.

    But Babcock, as for “I cannot speak for how the paramedics and doctors run a heart attack in Canada”…The same way they do everywhere else you moron. Using a tragedy like this to push your personal politics just shows how little class you have.

    • Louie_Babcock

      And what agenda would that be? The fact is that in the United States, CPR protocol is dictated by the American Heart Association. Last I checked, Canada was not in America. They could use any variet of drugs during a cardiac arrest that we do not. Thanks for reading.

  • http://twitter.com/MYO716 Marc Yeager

    I just hope he pulls through it. I think it’s time he steps away from the business and goes back to Memphis and rides off into retirement.