No, not that kind of life saver! This kind of lifesaver!
The American Heart Association has put out new basic-life-support guidelines and it is easier than ever to learn how to save the life of a loved one (or stranger)! The fact is, Heart Disease and Cardiac Events are the leading cause of death in the United States, with similar statistics growing across most developed countries. But, A THIRD of all Cardiac-related deaths (not due to trauma) are in young people under the statistical age of 55! This number is primarily due to a LACK OF AWARENESS and PROMPT CARE! Further, it is estimated that 1 out of 2 of us will experience our own kind of coronary event at some point in our lives. Further, of those who become trained in CPR, approximately 1 out of every 8 (super-heroes) will use those skills to help a loved one or friend in the first calendar year after certification. Staggering numbers, sure. But those numbers are people too! Don't be disheartened (see what I did there? *winks*) - There are many, many easy ways in which you can become an everyday HERO!
There's a LOT of overwhelming information out there, so let's simplify!
I will create a series of cards dedicated to empowering you all to... 1. Educate yourselves and your loved ones about Heart Disease, Stroke, and daily safety/ injury care & prevention 2. Become trained in CPR/AED and First Aid 3. Learn all about the Cardiac Chain of Survival 4. Provide ideas about how you can help your community and/or loved ones who are already cardiac/stroke survivors 5. Explore ways you can use CPR/First Aid skills to help keep your Pet or furry family member safe 6. Decide how to best prepare yourselves and your family for disaster
Just a little about me (I hate this part)... I became a heart patient at the age of 25 - Yes, TWENTY FIVE. After leaving the fireservice, I became a public health educator, public speaker, First Responder EMS/ProRescuer Instructor, an American Red Cross Instructor Trainer, and heart reconstruction survivor. I've spent the majority of my life working in the public service/emergency management arenas, and bouncing between active heart failure and recovery. I am a passionate believer that knowledge is power - Knowing a little can make a HUGE difference!
Just ONE more thing!
This is my partner-in-crime, Arthur Fonzarelli - His friends call him "Fonzie". Arthur is eventually going to train to be my Cardiac Alert Service Dog! Fonzie doesn't even have thumbs...if he can learn to save a life, anyone can! Hope to see you soon, LoveBugs! (Special thanks to @allischaaff @TessStevens @nicolejb @ShannonI5 @danidee @MissB82 for your kindness, guidance, and general uber-awesomeness!)