Sniffing Out a Medical Emergency Isn’t Just for the Dogs

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Every now and then there is a news story about a pet dog that is praised as a hero for alerting his owner to her undiagnosed cancer.  In addition, service dogs are trained to detect and warn their owners of an impending seizure, heart attack, high blood sugar, blood pressure problems, fainting, and asthma, just to name a few.  If only humans could smell the tell-tale signs of a medical emergency and summon help. Did you know ...

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What You Need To Know Before You Say Good-Bye To Your Telephone Landline – Your Life May Depend On It

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You may think that getting rid of your telephone landline is a great idea because you will save money, not miss any calls and avoid having multiple phone numbers. In addition, you may feel safe and secure knowing that you have a phone with you at all times should you or someone else need help. However, there are two important factors you should be aware of that pertain to the most critical call you may ever make ...

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Heart Disease: It’s Not Someone Else’s Disease

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The term “heart disease” conjures up images of arteries filled with “plaque” (atherosclerosis).  Sometimes we picture “hardening of the arteries” (arteriosclerosis), in which coronary arteries become thick and lose their elasticity.  We often associate these types of heart disease with people who are obese, smoke, don’t exercise or eat too many hamburgers.  So, if we maintain a healthy weight, stop smoking, exercise and eat better we have nothing to worry about, right? Wrong.

February is American Heart Month – a month ...

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WVAC 911: Struggling to death

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The scene has played out before and been witnessed by many, but usually only in a movie or on an episode of Cops. The patient is naked or partially clothed and is sweating profusely. He is violent, unstoppable, has what seems like superhuman strength and is impervious to pain. The patient’s bizarre behavior came on suddenly, and he is confused, won’t follow commands to desist and is shouting and screaming. The patient is also violent against ...

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No Room in an Ambulance for a Boardroom

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In a former life I worked in Corporate America. Since defecting and taking refuge in the world of emergency medicine and cardiac education, one thing has become abundantly clear. I’d rather be working in the back of an ambulance than in the boardroom.

I found that the corporate environment distorts our perception of life, clouds our judgment and mangles the rational mind. The result is an inability to recognize true emergencies and respond appropriately.  Exaggerated jargon in the ...

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