Archive for the ‘Cardiac Arrest’ Category

American Heart Association National Convention

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

I am going to the Citizen’s CPR Foundation at the ECCU Conference and the AHA this week. I will learn any new procedures and techniques dealing with CPR and AEDS. Citizens CPR today is hands on only. So everyone should learn about CPR. If you’re not strong enough to perform CPR yourself you can at least call 911 or find the closet AED and help out in times of need.
Sometimes smaller adults or children cannot compress the chest enough to keep the blood flowing but they can still be valuable in an emergency.
Hopefully you will never need to actually perform CPR but you are ready if necessary.
Here in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul the survival rate is in double digits today. When I had my cardiac arrest in 2007 the survival rate was only 5 percent. Nationally today it’s around 7 percent.
Learn to help save a life.

Obese, Overweight, vs Healthy

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Obese individuals (body mass 30 and above) make up over one-third of Americans today. Another one-third is overweight (body mass 25 – 29). This very fact makes Americans subject to degenerative diseases, a position which our healthcare system cannot afford. [Life Extension, October 2010, p.8]

According to the US Department of Agriculture Americans consumed an extra 331 calories a day in 2006 compared to 1978. That amounts to 2,317 calories each week or 120,000 extra calories a year. This translates to about 34 pounds of stored body fat.

A young person can eat a reasonable amount of food and efficiently convert these calories into energy with minimal residual fat storage. As this same person ages there are many body changes. This means if we don’t consume a single calorie more at age 45 than we did at 25 our aging physiology will have us gain weight.

The encouraging news is that science has shown us many ways to change that. Our problem is we don’t want to give up those morning donuts or that extremely fat dessert after dinner. Being a couch potato has become addictive in our society.

So if we want to return to maximum health we need to change. And believe me it’s not easy. When I had my cardiac arrest at age 71 I had recently started exercising again, I had lost 35 t0 40 pounds, and still my heart stopped. But with proper exercise and a change in diet my wife and I were climbing mountains in China three and a half months after my cardiac arrest.

It’s never too late to change your lifestyle and eating habits. You’ll live longer.