Bernard Lown

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Bernard Lown was born in Utena, Lithuania back in 1921 to Nison and Bela.  The family moved to Maine when he was 14.  He attended Lewiston High School graduating in 1938.  He continued his education at the University of Maine graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1942.  He earned his M.D. from John Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1945. 

He received his cardiology fellowship at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital.  He helped raise international awareness of sudden cardiac death as a leading cause of mortality.  Based on his observation he concluded that sudden cardiac death was reversible and survivable.  Back then the mortality of a heart attack was most likely due to a strict regimen of bed rest which caused a pulmonary embolism accounting for most of the deaths.  He died in 2021, he was 99.

What you may not know about Dr. Lown is that he was the original developer of the direct current defibrillator for cardiac resuscitation.  He also introduced a new use for the drug lidocaine to control heartbeat disturbances.

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Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

God bless him! Wonderful contributions.

Aug 02, 2021 03:31 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

Thankfully, we now have defibrillators in many places and a lot of EMTs that know how to use them.

Make yourself an awesome day.

Aug 02, 2021 04:09 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

A very important invention to say the least, James. Now I have to go look up Utena, Lithuania. My mother was born in Kaunas, Lithuania in 1918.

Aug 02, 2021 04:42 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Bernard Lown's inventions and discoveries! s have saved the lives of a lot of people.

By-the-way: One of my favorite things about your daily series is all the interesting names of people from history... like Bernard's parents Nison & Bela. 

Aug 02, 2021 04:50 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Many have been saved by the defibrillator. What a contribution. Enjoy your day.

Aug 02, 2021 05:05 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

These pioneers were amazing.  The week begins today, make it a productive Monday.  Thanks again for your post.

Bill Salvatore

Aug 02, 2021 05:40 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello James - who knows what will spark ones imagination(and when let alone why).  

Aug 02, 2021 05:43 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is so incredible that he concluded sudden cardiac death was reversible and survivable.

Aug 02, 2021 05:45 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

WOW, he may have saved, extended more lives than any other medical professional James Dray .

Aug 02, 2021 05:49 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning James,

Another amazing story from you.  What a great medical advance we have to be thankful for. A

Aug 02, 2021 06:14 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

This man saved a lot of lives! Thank God for his brilliant mind and innovations.

Aug 02, 2021 06:27 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I life very well lived. His invention saved thousands of lives! Good post.

Aug 02, 2021 07:16 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

James, my dad had a defibrillator put into his chest, but sadly, had a massive heart attack shortly after being in recovery.   

Aug 02, 2021 07:55 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - he had a long life and saved many other lives.

Aug 02, 2021 09:11 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

He certainly made some signficant and life-saving contributions in the cardiac field.

Aug 02, 2021 09:16 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

That is most certainly a man that has saved thousands of lives by his work

Aug 02, 2021 09:42 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Last year I got first-hand experience in both of these situations. Now I am much better and I'm back to my normal (?) self James Dray 

Aug 02, 2021 12:39 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- another "where would we be without their invention" post!!! Thank you. 

Aug 02, 2021 05:52 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

It is clear that the discoveries of Dr.Bernard Lown have saved a lot of hearts form beating their last beats.

Nov 06, 2021 03:25 PM