Heimlich Maneuver Success Story in Greece

Recently, a life was saved in a Greek restaurant in Chania, Greece. Security camera footage captured the incident as a customer chokes on his food.

Take a look:

The video shows a customer pacing back and forth as he tries to dislodge the food that is blocking his airways. The customer’s girlfriend begins to aid by applying pressure to the man’s back. After over a minute of struggle, restaurant manager, Vasilis Patelakis, notices the gentleman and rushes over to successfully perform the Heimlich maneuver.

Patelakis shared the video to a local source to spread awareness about the event and bring attention to the importance of safety training.

What is the Heimlich Maneuver?

man choking

The Heimlich maneuver is a first aid technique that involves abdominal thrusts that lift your diaphragm in order to clear blocked airways. Although this procedure is easy to perform, it is always recommended to receive professional training before preforming the Heimlich on yourself or others.

The abdominal thrust approach should be customized depending on whether the individual is conscious, unconscious, pregnant or an infant.

If you are choking and need help, use the universal choking sign. Your hands should be clutched by your throat to indicate that you are having difficulty breathing.

Receive Professional First Aid Training

Did you know that choking is the fourth leading cause of unintentional death? Being a victim of choking is scary and often these accidents require another individual’s help.

To prevent choking injuries and death, it is important to receive professional first aid training. When you attend a first aid class, you will learn how to prevent choking, preform the Heimlich and use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

At Cardiac Care & Safety, Inc. we offer first aid classes for individuals or groups. Our trainers are professional, engaging and will always travel to you!

To get started, contact us for a quote today.

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New Study Rules Out Negative Effects of Coffee

mugs filled with hot coffeeDo you enjoy a few cups of joe every day? There is nothing wrong with that!

Previous studies indicated that high coffee consumption can stiffen the arteries, restricting proper blood flow and leading to risk of heart attack or stroke.

But, recent evidence suggests that drinking more than one cup of coffee a day has no effect on your heart health.

Good News for Coffee Lovers

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) discovered that drinking more than 25 cups of coffee a day has no bearing on your likelihood of suffering from a heart attack.

The study included over 8,000 coffee drinkers, ranging from individuals who drink less than one cup a day up to more than three. The study followed up with coffee candidates ten years later, debunking any claims that high coffee consumption has any impact on your arteries.

The 2018 study leads researchers to believe that the caffeinated beverage actually boosts chances of longevity- even for those drinking 8 cups a day!

Learn more about BHF’s findings.

Don’t Diss the Java

Coffee drinkers should be encouraged to keep their mugs full! Other studies have claimed that coffee improves how the body uses insulin, decreases risk of diabetes and reduces inflammation.

Science claims that coffee can:

Learn more about the possible benefits of coffee for your health.

Protect Your Heart

Looking to learn more about heart health? Cardiac Care & Safety, Inc. is a safety training and supply company that encourages positive heart health through professional, instructor-led safety courses and AED sales.

Learning about heart health is important to keep you and your loved ones safe! Contact us today for an individual or group safety courses.

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CPR Success Story at Bucks Physical Therapy

Jim Spaulding shakes hands with hero and Bucks Physical Therapist.

Did you know that sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) claims the lives of about 450,000 Americans annually? Often, an arrhythmia, or erratic heart rhythm, can cause SCA. Even individuals who are cleared with a clean bill of health can typically see heart irregularities without warning! If you find yourself in a situation where someone around you goes into cardiac arrest, it is important to know how to handle the situation.

Recently, we popped in to visit a long-time customer, Bucks Physical Therapy, and had the opportunity to reminisce about a successful emergency preparedness story that took place during a patient’s treatment.

CPR Training Saves a Life

In 2015, days after we had completed a CPR-recertification course with the Bucks physical therapists, a patient went into SCA while jogging on the treadmill. Fortunately, the therapist (pictured with Jim Spaulding) had just attended our course and sprang into action. He began preforming immediate CPR while another bystander called 911 and grabbed their on-site AED.

Our CPR trainers always encourage 911 dialers to stand on the street level of their building to flag down the ambulance. This can save precious time when emergency medical assistance is required fast. The Bucks PT bunch followed those instructions, which made all of the difference!

It was later reported that the patient had suffered an aortic dissection, also known as a widow maker. (The name is as scary as it sounds and usually deadly.) In these cases, we aren’t always lucky to hear such a favorable outcome; however, due to an on-site AED and the fast-acting crew at the Bucks Physical Therapy facility, the patient made a full recovery!

CPR Training with Cardiac Care & Safety

For decades, we have trained thousands of businesses around the tri-state area for situations just like this. Our training programs are engaging and informative and our trainers make scheduling convenient by traveling to you!

Book your group CPR training course today.

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