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PBFS - Becoming EHAC Ambassadors

| February 26, 2019
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Did you know that 85% of Heart damage occurs in the first 2 hours of a heart attack?

For 50% of people experiencing these symptoms, the heart attack can be prevented with EARLY TREATMENT!

Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) is knowing the subtle danger signs of a heart attack and acting upon them immediately - BEFORE HEART DAMAGE OCCURS

Back in October, Bayfront Health offered our office some EHAC training, which we promptly agreed to!

Although we have all been trained in CPR at some point in time, we jumped on the idea of getting a refresher course.

And being a family business, we decided to include everyone - especially since 80% of cardiac arrests occur at home - and most likely someone you love!

What is EHAC:

A campaign to teach EVERYONE about the early symptoms of a heart attack and measures to prevent the heart attack from ever happening .

A plea to the public to be responsible not only for themselves, but for those around them who may be experiencing early heart attack symptoms and to help them obtain immediate treatment.

A public awareness campaign that concentrates on the benefits of getting early treatment, and activating emergency medical services.

Here is what we learned:

People may or may not experience any or all of these symptoms:

Pain that travels down one or both arms

Chest pressure, squeezing, or discomfort

Back pain

Jaw pain

Shortness of breath

Anxiety

Fatigue

Nausea

Feeling of fullness

Sweating

Symptoms may be mild - such as chest aching, burning, tightness, or pressure

These symptoms may come and go and then become severe and constant.

Women vs. Men

Women are usually less likely to seek emergency care!!!

Symptoms for women may include:

Exhaustion

Dizziness

Nauseous

Upper back pain that travels up into their jaw

Stomach pain

Hands Only CPR

Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) Statistics:

Nearly 400,000 people will suffer an Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) this year.

Approximately 9 out of 10 OHCA victims will die, because they do not receive immediate CPR.

Currently, only 31 % of victims receive CPR from a bystander.

80% of cardiac arrests occur at home: The life you save with CPR is most likely to be someone you love.

3-5 minutes is a matter of life and death for sudden cardiac arrest victims. If victims don't receive CPR or an AED in this timeframe, their survival rates diminish.

Why Hands-Only CPR?

70% of Americans feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency, because they do not know how to administer CPR.

The American Heart Association began recommending Hands-Only CPR for adults since 2008.

Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for sudden cardiac arrest at home, at work, or in public.

It can double or even triple a victim's chance of survival.

There are just 2 steps to save a life

If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse:

CALL 9-1-1, and

Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic disco song "Stayin' Alive."

A HUGE thanks to Bayfront Health for providing this education to our community!

Here is the original packet Bayfront provided us during our EHAC training!

Bayfront Health / EHAC and Hands-Only CPR

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