Defibrillator made 50th anniversary possible

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[Elk River Star, February 14, 2015] Dan Olson’s first defibrillator never went off in the 10 years it was implanted in his body. His second one replaced his first one about five years ago, and it stood guard under Olson’s skin between his heart and shoulder for nearly another five years before it was called into serious action. “Without it, I wouldn’t be here right now,” Olson said this past week from a doctor’s office at the Mercy Heart Center in Coon Rapids. That’s where he goes to meet with his cardiologist, Dr. Amin Rahmatullah, for heart health check ups. Read the story at

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