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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Choking & Development Disabilities: What You Need to Know

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“You talk very easily of hours, sir! How long do you suppose, sir, that an hour is to a man who is choking for want of air?”
– Charles Dickens

Choking is a major cause of respiratory emergencies and cardiac arrest in infants and children. But there are other individuals who are also at high risk for choking, such as those with severe learning disabilities, Down syndrome, people who have an incomplete dentition, the elderly and those taking ...

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Suicide Prevention Connects Us All

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Survivors of traumatic injuries and illnesses face not only a long road to physical recovery, but also emotional recovery.  There may be an assumption by both patients and those in their lives that the mere survival of a traumatic medical event, such as stroke, heart attack, sudden cardiac arrest, severe physical trauma and cancer would lead to long-term euphoria and joy due to survival of a life-threatening event. Perhaps in the initial days and weeks following the ...

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Letter: A heartfelt thank-you for life-saving actions

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As seen on the Wilton Bulletin

To the Editors:

Last month, at the Wilton Chamber of Commerce Street Fair, while on a deployment for Wilton CERT, an unfortunate freak accident occurred, and I gravely injured myself with a wound to the artery in my left wrist.

I was losing blood fast and time was not on my side. Luckily Firefighter Mike Blatchley and Lt. Gregg Kitik were already on the scene for the event itself ...

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Keep tabs on your internal temperature

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Weekend Warriors emerge from air-conditioned offices on Fridays to do battle with the lawnmower and that sand trap on the 16th hole. It‘s 82 degrees with high humidity today. Wizards use their genius to outsmart the effects on the body from hours of heat exposure with a few ice packs and some Gatorade. It’s 92 degrees and there is no breeze today. Warlocks are invincible and heat doesn’t endanger them or others for that matter…leaving a child ...

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