Often as we enter a customer’s office we are greeted with a story of how a skill we taught them was put into practice to save a life.
This is what happened when one of our instructors showed up to Dr. Cyril Evian’s office to provide CPR training recently. Dr. Evian relayed that just a couple of weeks prior he walked into a local restaurant for lunch. Right away he recognized that a patron was having difficulty breathing and in fact was beginning to turn blue. Another gentleman was attempting to help but Dr. Evian could clearly see that what was being tried was not working. Dr. Evian coolly stepped forward and said he could help. Establishing that the victim was indeed choking, Dr. Evian performed a couple of abdominal thrusts and out came a piece of poorly chewed meat. The man began to breathe normally again and Dr. Evian walked out of the restaurant with the satisfaction that he had just saved a life!
“I was amazed at how calmly I acted and without hesitation,” Dr. Evian said. “I was clearly trained well,” he added with a smile.
Dr. Cyril I. Evian DMD is a world-renowned Periodontist, Implant and TM Joint specialist. His illustrious career began in 1971 with a goal to enhance his education with the brightest minds in dentistry to become the finest periodontist in his field. He remains an influential teacher who strives to improve the health and welfare of patients.
New data from the Journal of the American Heart Association shows that men could be at a much higher risk than women for death due to sudden cardiac arrest. The study found that one in nine men face this type of death, while women’s risk is closer to one in 30.
“These numbers should raise a red flag,” said Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM, chair of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in a press release. “We often screen for conditions … that are much less deadly. For instance, the lifetime risk for colon cancer is about one in 21 … [but] by comparison, the lifetime risk of sudden cardiac death for men is one in nine, and yet we’re not really screening for it. … Our paper sets the stage for thinking about how we can screen the population effectively to find out who’s at risk.”
The study surveyed 5,209 participants aged 28 to 62 years without cardiovascular disease. There were 2,294 men and 2,915 women in the group. Researchers evaluated four risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease. These include:
The participants were also separated by age group. Of the participants, 375 died of sudden cardiac arrest. The majority of which died before age 70, suggesting that these deaths could possibly have been prevented. For more information on this study, read the article here.
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Although he’s demonstrated it hundreds of times over the years, Dr. Henry Heimlich was recently faced with using his maneuver to actually save a life. The now 96-year-old didn’t hesitate to help when a fellow diner at the assisted living facility started choking. He ended up dislodging the foot from 87-year-old Patty Ris’s throat.
Heimlich told the Guardian, “That moment was very important to me. I knew about all the lives my maneuver has saved over the years and I have demonstrated it so many times but here, for the first time, was someone sitting right next to me who was about to die.”
Heimlich invented the maneuver in 1974, at a time when thousands of people each year died from choking. He was the one who pushed for the maneuver to be used by the general public instead of exclusively by health professionals. At the time, this push was frowned upon.
In a basic form, the Heimlich Maneuver can be performed using the following directions. It should only be used on a person who is choking and cannot breathe. If they can breathe, a cough can be enough to dislodge an item from the throat.