Heart attack deaths are highest during December / January holiday season.
According to a study published in Circulation, a journal of the American Heart Association (AHA), the winter holiday season is considered a risk factor for cardiac and non-cardiac death. While researchers don’t know exactly why heart attacks are more common around holidays, they note a number of possible reasons, including changes in diet and alcohol consumption during the holidays; stress from family interactions, strained finances, travel and entertaining; respiratory problems from burning wood; and not paying attention to the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.
Consider the case of Julie Rickman, a 41-year-old stay-at-home mom. “I felt like we were running around, going everywhere, and I just couldn’t catch my breath,” Rickman said. “I remember, two days before Christmas, we thought I was allergic to my live Christmas tree, and we took it down and got an artificial tree.”
The day after Christmas, Rickman got winded while folding laundry. She thought it was exhaustion but decided to go to the emergency room, anyway. That trip saved her life. Along with two blockages in her heart, doctors also discovered she had suffered a heart attack.
“I have no idea when the heart attack happened. I was one of those women who attributed feeling bad to the holidays and thinking I was exhausted,” she said.
“The progression of heart disease doesn’t happen overnight, so an uptick in cardiac death during the holidays is actually more the acute manifestations of the disease,” said Jorge Plutzky, M.D., a volunteer with the American Heart Association. “Factors like cold weather, stress and dietary indiscretion can contribute to a chain of events leading to more stress on the heart. A cardiac event might be triggered because the heart is working harder.”
In spite of extraordinary progress, more needs to be done to save women from heart disease, says American Heart Association CEOJune 22, 2017 Categories: Advisories & Comments, Program News
Washington, D.C., June 22, 2017 – American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown and co-author of the study “Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs Regarding Cardiovascular Disease in Women” published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, issued the following comments:
“Cardiovascular diseases cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined. That’s why the American Heart Association first brought this critical issue to light through the creation of the Go Red For Women™ movement in 2004. Since then, we’ve reached millions of women and healthcare professionals through our groundbreaking education and awareness campaign. Yet, as this study and our own surveys show, awareness of heart disease as a women’s number 1 killer is still needed among women and physicians.
While heart disease-related deaths in women have declined and knowledge of risk has risen, the change is not happening quickly enough.
The Association’s work led to the first guidelines about women and cardiovascular disease for medical professionals.
Too many doctors are failing their female patients by not following these science-based guidelines. The medical community must take action with added urgency. Women, especially those who are younger or ethnic minorities, are often assigned a lower cardiovascular risk assessment than males with similar risks and are less likely to receive preventative care from their doctors. This is unacceptable.
It’s important for women to take action to protect their heart health as well. While we know cardiovascular diseases kills about one woman every 80 seconds, we also know about 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases may be prevented with education and action. The most important personal action: know your numbers. Knowing the most critical numbers for your heart health including blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and body mass index (BMI) could save your life.
Please see links to Go Red For Women tools and resources below. I’ve include a link to GRFW’s GoRedGetFit Facebook page as well. We encourage women to join the conversation with these inspirational and motivating members.
You saved my day! I recently took your class at work and enjoyed your stories/examples and scenarios. I bought a first aid kit and fire extinguisher from you at the end of class. I know the first aid kit will come in handy, but I have a story (already) about the fire extinguisher. In 20+ years of driving, with many old cars and hours on the side of the road, I have never had an engine fire.
Well that changed last week. I was headed up to Snoqualmie Pass to go snow shoeing with my two daughters (13 and 10 years old). My car started having some issues near the top and was only running on three cylinders, losing power/speed. A little smoke started coming from under the hood, although the engine was not indicating overheating. I pulled over, tight against the snow and fortunately off the roadway (by a few inches). Also, fortunately there was a good amount of clear sight distance behind me so trucks and cars could see my vehicle well in advance. I hopped out of the car passenger side and opened the hood. Sure enough, there were actual flames low and deep toward the rear of the engine compartment. Your words ran through my head “What are you going to do, blow on it? You were right, blowing did nothing, but the new fire extinguisher in my trunk sprayed on target, deep into the engine and put the fire right out. With two kids in the car on the side of the highway with a 5-ft. snow bank pinning us in, having the fire out was an important first step. Sure, I could have tried grabbing snow, or used my daughters water bottle, but I don’t think I would have been able to really apply either to the location of the fire since it was deep in there.
I later learned it was the caulking from the body panels of the engine compartment that had caught fire due to a super-heated catalytic converter. Anyway, the fire was out immediately with spray left in the can. you made the point that a small fire becomes a big fire if you can’t effectively put it out quickly, and having something a small fire extinguisher on hand, easy to use, not bulky and banging around in your trunk is an excellent solution. Many of your example and stories allow folks to spend some time thinking about options for situations in a low stress situation, so that when a situation arises you have options and can react effectively. That little can did its job wonderfully, the best $10 ever! Three hours later the tow truck came and we made it safely back to Seattle. So thanks for the training, thanks for the recommended equipment, and keep up the good work! – Chris C.
Sent: Saturday, December 10, 2016 11:19 AM
Subject: Having Defibrillators on-site
So, this is a little PSA and please do not feel the need to send congrats or anything of that sort as this is not intended to say "Hey look what I did!" but I thought it might be a good idea to share this with other PMs out there.
On this past Wednesday I was part of a team of people, colleagues and strangers, who saved a woman's life because we had a defibrillator in house. A woman, who turned out to be one of our volunteer ushers on her way to the theater, collapsed across the street. A neighbor found her unconscious and called 911 just as I was passing by and without knowing if the woman was even in need of it, I ran to get our AED (automated external defibrillator). Two of our HMs came out with me and they, with the guidance of the 911 operator and the machine itself, which talks to you, re-started her heart and performed CPR until the EMT's arrived. The latest report from the woman's family is that she has woken up and is able to speak, etc.
I cannot express enough the importance of having an AED in a theater with the number of people that come through the building on a daily basis. If your company does not have one, please consider getting one. If cost has been an issue there are grants or possibly even programs through your insurance company that can help.
If fear of using one is an issue, put that fear away, the machine tells you what to do, and most importantly, what not to do.
Please, please, please talk to your Powers That Be and get one in your theater.
This is the end of my PSA.
The Music Hall
Thanks for sharing this Zhana, we couldn't have said it better!
And by the way! "Atta-Girl!"
Farley - NwBestCPR
Children can die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest too. CPR alone buys time for medics to arrive, but as you will see in this video, having an AED on-site can make all the difference in survival. Make sure your child's school has an AED and staff who know how to use it!
One of our favorite things at NwBestCPR is to hear stories from our clients about ways they have used their training. Here's the most recent:
"MY HUSBAND SAVED MY LIFE!"
Last Christmas, while hurrying to catch a flight home from San Francisco, I collapsed and stopped breathing. My husband knew exactly what to do from the training we had attended just weeks before leaving for vacation. He doesn't remember exactly what order he did things, but he immediately recognized that I was not breathing and started chest compressions within seconds, just like he had been instructed. He shouted for someone else to get an AED and they had it on me within minutes and used it to deliver one shock. Apparently that's all it took!
All I remember is waking up with a very sore chest while I was being transported to the hospital by ambulance. The ER physician believes I suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. He said my husband's actions likely saved me from any serious consequences. My husband says he has never been so frightened and determined in his life and he can't believe how well his instincts kicked in! WOW!
Of course, now he is insufferable and everyone has to hear the story of how he saved me! But that is so much better than the alternative.
Thank you so much for what you do!
MaryAnn Wickersham, Seattle, WA
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All First Aid and CPR instructors are not alike. If you’ve ever sat through a boring class and wondered why you suffer through training every two years, you know that some instructors are not worth hiring.
Here's a quick list of things you should ask about instructors BEFORE you hire them to conduct your companies training.
1) Do they teach as a profession or as a hobby?
2) How passionate are they about improving their own teaching?
3) Will you come out of their training more confident in your own skills?
4) Are they able and willing to adapt the training to your organization’s needs?
5) Do they have experience working with different populations, age groups and professions?
6) How often do they update their own training?
7) Do they have field expertise and experience providing First Aid?
8) How many training sessions do they conduct per month?
9) Are they engaging, exciting and efficient?
10) Do they waste your time telling stories about “When I was firefighter…”
BONUS Question – Will they make you look good for hiring them?
At NwBestCPR we encourage you to find out more about your instructor BEFORE you hire them for your training needs.
This video depicts a dramatic real life Sudden Cardiac Arrest caught on an office security camera. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is when a victim's heart literally stops beating without warning and instantaneously goes into life-ending fibrillation. Without prompt rescue by highly skilled CPR providers Wes Rogers would not have survived. With incredibly rapid response and excellent training, Portland's 911 - EMS system worked flawlessly to perform a near perfect high performance CPR rescue and literally bring this man back from the brink of death. But even in the modern medical era, this quality of rescue performance is not the norm. Especially when EMS is more than 4 minutes away.
Every 60-90 seconds in the United States another person dies from Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Only 1% of victims typically survive without serious consequences to their health and family's future. Knowing what to do in the first few minutes is critical to a victim's survival.
What if no one had witnessed Wes Roger's collapse and called 911 immediately?
What if the Fire or EMS rescue was more than a few blocks away?
What if the victim were collapsed alone, or in a locked bathroom, or if he had been driving while this happened and was subsequently involved in a car crash?
The results could have been tragically different without immediate effective bystander intervention and care.
Please support your local community 911 EMS system and vote for all new tax support and upgrades for police and first aid rescue systems in your area. Everything we do to create rapid response has significant implications in everyone's health and safety.
Sign up for Smart 911 today if it's available in your location.
Take a local CPR class and get trained in the immediate use of an AED - Automated External Defibrillator.
Know where to find the nearest AED at any moment.
Farley J. Kautz