CPR and AED: Save a life with basic knowledge

Cardiac events cause the deaths of more than 350,000 people each year

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Basic knowledge of CPR and AED procedures can help save a life.

CPR and access to Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) — portable devices that measure the heart’s activity and produce a mild shock to help restore proper rhythm after a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) — can saves lives.

Knowing how to perform CPR and use an AED could save the life of a loved one.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), approximately 92 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital, but statistics prove that if more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved. Immediate CPR can double, or even triple, a victim’s chance of survival.

Niles Mayrand, director of operations at the U-M Clinical Simulation Center, Dr. James Cooke, medical director of the U-M Clinical Simulation Center, and Debra Yake, U-M’s AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) & Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) course coordinator and an AHA Basic Life Support (BLS) instructor with Livingston County EMS, are all pushing for those increased survival rates in both in-hospital and the out-of-hospital communities. All have a passion for raising CPR awareness and want everyone to know how to perform high quality CPR and use an AED.
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Top 10 blogs in 2014

top 10 pick blogFrom blood pressure apps for your smart phone to the longest living LVAD recipient, here are the top 10 blogs you found the most interesting in 2014:

  1. Blood pressure apps for your smart phone. Six apps for iOS and Android that feature logs, data sharing, tracking and more.
  2. What weighs 10 pounds? Post-surgery lifting advice made easier.
  3. Jennifer and Matthew Romano – A one-of-a-kind couple. A love story of two doctors – in recognition of Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month.
  4. 21 days to a less stressed you. Tips to help you manage and minimize stress in your life.
  5. 2014 flu shot: What’s new and why get it now? Everyone six months or older is encouraged to get their yearly flu vaccine.
  6. Spirituality and health: Is there a connection? Faith and support help people deal with stress.
  7. CPR saves the life of a Michigan fan. Learn how to save the life of someone in cardiac arrest.
  8. Are e-cigarettes safe? The American Heart Association calls for added restrictions on e-cigarettes.
  9. Patient room service gets big thumbs up. University of Michigan Health System patients can now order what they want, when they want it.
  10. Meet the longest living heart LVAD recipientDavid Pierce received his first LVAD on May 26, 2004, at the age of 52, making him the longest living Heartmate II LVAD patient in the U.S.

Frankel-informal-vertical-sigThe University of Michigan Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center is a top-ranked heart and heart surgery program among Michigan hospitals. To learn more, visit our website at umcvc.org.

Heart of a Hunter: What to do if a buddy goes down

Learn signs of heart attack, hands only CPR

Once hunting season arrives, every hunter should look out for his or her buddies. Although big meals, staying up late, and lots of smoking and drinking might be a tradition for many hunters in the woods, they can really drag a person down the next day. BuddyBlogImage.fw

Instead, treat the night before a hunt as if you were an athlete with a big game the next day.

Out in the woods, pay attention to any problems your hunting companions have. If you’re with someone and they start getting short of breath, looking pale, or feeling faint or nauseous – of if they feel sudden pain or lose feeling in any part of their body, get help immediately.

Even if the sensation goes away within a few minutes, don’t ignore it – it can be a warning sign that something even worse is about to happen. Call 911 from your cell phone if you can get reception, or radio to someone who can. Every minute you hesitate could mean your buddy’s life.

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Springing to action: CPR saves Michigan fan in cardiac arrest

U-M emergency physician encourages bystander CPR training

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Marv Childrey (left) and Ron Clingerman, of Jackson County, Mich.

Don’t be fooled by the easy banter between Marv Chidrey, 57, and Ronald L. Clingerman, 62, who have been friends and fishing buddies since they worked at the same bank 20 years ago – “what we do is fishing, not catching,” Marv says. Ron pulled no punches last year when Marv collapsed in cardiac arrest at a University of Michigan football game.

He was on the ground, admittedly fumbling to do chest compressions on an unconscious Marv, when a stadium usher radioed for help and another bystander began CPR. In moments, Huron Valley Ambulance paramedics and U-M medical staff on duty at the stadium used a defibrillator to shock Marv’s heart in to rhythm. He’d had the “widow maker” heart attack, and after transport to U-M Hospital, a catheterization team at the U-M Frankel Cardiovascular Center opened Marv’s blocked heart artery.

“If someone is in cardiac arrest, you just have to remember to do two things,” says Robert Neumar, M.D., Ph.D., U-M’s chair of emergency medicine. “Call 911, and start hands-only CPR, pushing hard and fast on the center of the chest.”   Continue reading