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Local Cardiologist Pushing for Improved CPR Training

A local cardiologist wants us all equipped to do our part if the time comes to save a life, and, according to her, prevention includes education.

“The majority of cardiac arrests happen in the home…and so this could mean saving your grandmother’s life, your sister’s life, your mother’s life,” UNR Med and Carson Tahoe Health Cardiologist Dr. Lorrel Toft explains.

CPR is a critical component of heart health. Dr. Toft has traveled the nation educating crowds about CPR training, which is usually practiced on male torsos, meaning women receive 30% less CPR help in public, as Dr. Toft details, “They’re scared of touching a woman, they’re scared of hurting a woman, they don’t know what to do when it comes time to remove clothing for the defibrillator and so this fear is really holding people back and preventing them from interacting with the woman who needs help.”

Dr. Toft reminds us that more than a million women die every year from heart disease. Factors we can control that play a role include knowing your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar numbers, adding, “So they’re making sure their kids are getting to the doctors, they’re making sure their partners are getting taken care of, but often, women stop seeing their doctors when they’re out of their child-bearing years. So they’re not getting screened for these very simple and very treatable things.”

The Northern Nevada chapter of the American Heart Association is focusing on small shifts” to make a big 2020 impact. From parking your car a little further, eating more vegetables to making sure everyone around you knows how and feels comfortable performing CPR on both men and women. When every precious second matters, the hope is you’ll be able to respond until emergency crews arrive.

Dr. Toft is planning to create more female friendly educational materials for CPR training, her email is Get CPR training online.

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Woman Reunited with Bystanders Who Performed Lifesaving CPR

A woman who nearly died at a Metro station was reunited with the people who helped save her life during a ceremony hosted by D.C.’s fire department on Saturday.

Arielle Baker, 29, has heart problems and went into cardiac arrest at the Columbia Heights Metro stop in early January.

She was saved by two bystanders who knew how to perform CPR.

“I’m so thankful for everyone who took it seriously and gave me another chance at life,” Baker said during the ceremony. “Had these women not been there for me, I wouldn’t be here. I don’t take that lightly.”

One of the bystanders, Kimberly Herrmann, is a doctor at Whitman-Walker Health in the District.

Herrmann said saving Baker was a “big team effort.” You can learn CPR online.

“It was unbelievable,” said Herrmann. “It was like it was in slow motion.”

Others credited with saving Baker’s life include Metro Transit Police officers who shocked her with a defibrillator and a D.C. Fire and EMS crew that got her to the hospital.

“This is just a true testament to the goodwill of people,” Baker said.

In all, the fire department honored 15 people who helped Baker that day.

They received medallions known as “Cardiac Arrest Save Coins,” which D.C. Fire and EMS award to lifesavers who help return a pulse to a pulseless patient before that patient is taken to a hospital.

The case becomes coin eligible when the patient is discharged from the hospital in good health.

“This is a celebration of life,” said Battalion Fire Chief Brian Alston. “Everything that could be done was done in an effort to bring the patient back to life.”

At one point Baker became choked up and wiped away tears as she said she would “never forget” those who helped her.

“I’m only 29-years-old and I have so much more that I want to do and I’m so thankful for everyone who gave up some of their time in order to save my life.”

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Kidsburgh, Pennsylvania Passes Law Requiring Students To Learn CPR

February is heart month, and Pennsylvania passed a new law that requires that all students learn CPR before they graduate from high school.

They’ve already been doing this at Cornell High School in Coraopolis. That’s because five years ago, a student there collapsed in gym class. His heart just stopped.

Thankfully, two staff members knew CPR, and with their chest compressions and an AED, they were able to restart his heart before the paramedics arrived, and the boy survived.

When the current freshmen taking the CPR class hear this story, it hits home. Samani Allen said she was “kinda scared.” Lilly Brown said, “I heard it can happen anywhere, but that it can happen at a school kind of surprised me.”

According to the American Heart Association, about 326,000 people in the United States, including more than 6,000 children, experience unexpected cardiac arrest outside of a hospital every year. Sadly, 90 percent of them die.

Bruce Benda, Chairman of the Board for the Greater Pittsburgh American Heart Association, lived to tell how CPR saved his life, when his heart stopped at a golf outing.

“Two gentlemen, lay people, jumped into action and did CPR on me for 20 minutes. (They) kept me alive until the EMT’s arrived,” Benda said.

The survival rate for sudden cardiac arrest drops by 10 percent every second CPR is not performed. CPR trainer Deb Banks teaches the kids how to push at 100 beats a minute by singing the song “Stayin’ Alive”.

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She helped save a man’s life by doing CPR on vacation in Puerto Rico, but four out of five cardiac arrests happen in the home.

Cornell School District Superintendent Dr. Aaron Thomas, said, “We have students that are home alone with younger siblings. We have students that are home alone with grandparents and obviously their parents.” Allen added, “It’s important to know because if you’re with a family member and just yourself, you could help them.”

Pennsylvania high schools are now required to teach kids CPR before they graduate. That’s thousands of people who will be trained every year.

“Many people will just kind of step back and say, ‘I don’t know what to do. I’m afraid to hurt the person. I’m not trained. I’m not certified,’” Bruce Benda said. The hope is that now, these kids won’t step back but will step up and help.

Freshman Dominick Schneider said, “I thought maybe I should learn because there are things in the world that can happen.”

The American Heart Association hopes that the kids will go home and teach their parents and grandparents as well, but they would love to train anyone who wants to learn.

They also encourage all businesses to get an AED.

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