Heart Disease

Preventing Heart Disease
Half of us — both men and women — will ultimately die of cardiovascular disease. This is and continues to be the No. 1 killer of Americans. The problem with it is that the disease tends to start in men in their 50s and women in their 60s. But the processes that lead to heart attacks actually begin in our teens, and now studies have shown, actually in our pre-teen years. Cardiologist Rick Backes, MD, CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center, explains the basics to having a healthy heart.
Call. Push. Shock. Save a Life.
At the 2020 Minnesota State High School Wrestling Tournament, a local teenager was saved thanks to the fast actions of first responders. Brayden Weber from Becker had just completed his match in St. Paul when he collapsed. Fortunately, medical personnel were able to come to his aid, start CPR and were able revive Brayden’s heart within a few minutes. He regained consciousness and was even able to give a thumbs up to the crowd shortly thereafter. Learn more about Brayden’s story from KSTP-TV.

Brayden was extremely fortunate. Only one in 10 individuals survive Sudden Cardiac Arrest. His story should help serve as a good reminder for all of us to know what to do if anyone collapses and needs life-saving care. The steps you take to help a friend, family member or any individual in need could make the difference between life and death.

It is estimated that you triple an individual’s chances of survival from Sudden Cardiac Arrest if you take the following three steps:
  1. Call 911.
  2. Push – Find the center of the individual’s chest and give 100 to 120 chest compressions per minute.
  3. Shock the individual using an automated external defibrillator (AED), if available.
Learn more about CPR and AEDs.
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