EMS Educators

The National Association of EMS Educators is the best Instructor program that I have ever attended. Dr. Chris Nollette is a great leader and the President of NAEMSE.

Star of Life

The Star of Life has been an EMS symbol for years. Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians have identified with the blue star as part of their heritage.

American Heart Association

The American Heart Association has been an advocate promoting healthy hearts for over 50 years. Their efforts to prevent heart disease and educate the general public has saved millions of lives.

Heart Disease

In the United States of America, there is countless death each year due to Coronary Artery Disease. This disease is better known as “Hardening of the Arteries”. While there is some validity in the old term referring to the hardening of the arteries, it does not fully explain the condition inside of the blood vessel.

The Tunica Media is addicted by the buildup of fatty deposits. In addition, the fatty deposits become hard when Calcium is deposited into the fat cells. As a result, the soft and gooey fatty deposits become hard like a bone due to the calcification of the tissue. Meaning the inside of the artery becomes hard like that of a bone.

This causes complications for individuals as their blood pressure rises or decreases. The artery is no longer able to contract or dilate and as a result the pressure in the artery tends to increase to an alarming numerical value. This causes a narrowing of the artery which decreases the perfusion to the tissue lying beyond the affected blood vessel.

The Coronary Artery Disease convention is held in Atlanta, Georgia. Cardiologists meet in Atlanta to revise the protocols for the treatment of Coronary Artery Disease. There have been great advances made over the past 19 years. The greatest is the administration of Nitroglycerin for the chest pain patient. They also suggest the intake of 81 mg of aspirin in an effort to decrease the coagulation of blood clots.

The Council for Better Living has adopted these regimens for their senior citizens. Many of their subscribers have led productive lives due to the regimen of aspirin and nitroglycerin. In a nutshell, they have more blood flow to their hearts which allows them to have more energy. The more oxygenated blood flow that travels throughout the greater the chance of a long productive life.

Today, we see our senior citizens living longer and being more productive in society. Some have even gone back to work or College to pursue a new career. The life expectancy has increased for our elderly due in part to all the new technology over the past 10 years. Many of our new physicians grew up playing on computers and playing video games. This is to our benefit for they have insight on how to capitalize on the new software programs that aid in diagnoses.

Finally, Consult with your primary care physician and see if you need an Echocardiogram. Be sure to have your heart checked for Coronary Artery Disease. Live life to the fullest and decrease your chance of a heart attack. Be proactive and do not become a statistic. Live life strong and to the fullest capacity.

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