Learn Continuous Chest Compression CPR
Every three days, more Americans die from sudden cardiac arrest than the number who died in the 9-11 attacks. You can lessen this recurring loss by learning Continuous Chest Compression CPR, a hands-only CPR method that doubles a person’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest. It’s easy and does not require mouth-to-mouth contact, making it more likely bystanders will try to help, and it was developed here at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. “This video is worth sharing,” said Gordon A. Ewy, MD, director of the UA Sarver Heart Center and one of the research pioneers who developed this method.
Sarver Heart Center’s newest video was developed to make it easy for people to learn Continuous Chest Compression CPR. Dr. Ewy is hoping the video, which is posted on YouTube, goes “viral” and gives more people the opportunity to be lifesavers. “Every day people are asked to forward e-mails to their entire contact lists. This is one e-mail link that can truly make a difference in people’s lives,” said Karl B. Kern, MD, professor of medicine at the UA College of Medicine, who chairs the Sarver Heart Center resuscitation group.
Be a Lifesaver with Continuous Chest Compression CPR
If you see someone collapse who isn’t responsive and has trouble breathing:
1. Tell someone to call 911 or make the call yourself.
2. Position the person with the back on the floor. Place the heel of one hand on the center of the chest (between the nipples) and the heel of the other hand on top of the first. Lock your elbows, position your shoulders over your hands and use your upper-body weight to “fall” downward. Lift your hands slightly each time to allow the chest wall to recoil. Try to compress at 100 beats per minute and about 2 inches deep until emergency help arrives.
Note: Mouth-to-mouth CPR still is recommended for drowning and very small children.
The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center in Tucson, Ariz., emphasizes a highly interdisciplinary research environment fostering innovative translational, or “bench-to-bedside,” research. Working toward a future free of cardiovascular disease and stroke, the center’s more than 150 scientist and physician members collaborate with the goal of applying new findings from the basic sciences to the clinical arena as quickly as possible.
WATKINS GLEN, NEW YORK
If you looking to do a beautiful hike through some of the most scenic parts of New York, then place Watkins Glen on your to-do list.
Watkins Glen in upstate New York has magnificent carved tunnels, wooden and brick bridges, sculpted walkways which all wind through an ancient valley. Water cuts through the steep gorge which creates a variety of waterfalls and microhabitats along the way.
Randee and I followed the 1.5 mile long trail, climbing the massive amount of steps which gave us a great workout going up. The trail was wet, so we took our time coming down as we wanted to avoid falling on the slippery walkways.
The trail is well marked with dirt and stone trails with steps. Brown wooden posts with yellow lettering describe the various historic areas.
Cost is $8 per car to park at the bottom or the top of the gorge parking areas. We parked at the bottom and took the hike uphill to the top, then returned along the trail. Watkins Glen is beautiful and well worth the trip.
Podiatrist uncertain about value of Toning Shoes
Toning shoes are designed to simulate the feeling of walking on sand and make wearers stabilize their steps, leading to stronger leg, buttock, back, and abdominal muscles, according to Skechers, maker of the Shape-ups toning shoe. Reebok says its EasyTones generate 28 percent more gluteus maximus muscle activation than a typical walking shoe, and 11 percent more in the hamstrings and calves. Both companies cite research and testing that they commissioned to back up the claims.
John Pagliano, a podiatrist in Long Beach, CA, says he gets asked about toning shoes several times a day and he doesn’t recommend them. While he said the instability in the shoes causes muscles to work harder, he hasn’t seen enough evidence to believe it can firm wearers’ backsides. “I say I’m not really sure, and I haven’t been convinced by the studies,” said Pagliano, who specializes in athletic injuries.
Barefoot Runners Face Long-Term Risk: CA Podiatrist
Barefoot runners are taking a huge risk, says Dr. Lesley Wolff, director of the San Francisco Bay Area Podiatry Group, who has been running, in shoes, for 35 years. He has also coached marathon runners, has a background in biomechanics and is a foot and ankle surgeon. “The repetitive pounding on the ground without protection, I think, is ridiculous,” he says. Not only are runners at risk for injury by accidentally stepping on objects like nails and glass, but people usually run on hard, man-made terrain that necessitates cushioning provided by running shoes.
Long-term, the doctor says, barefoot running is doomed with problems because the older a person gets, the fat pad on the bottom of a runner’s foot thins. Finally, Wolff says, there is no proof that barefoot runners are injured with less frequency than people who run with shoes. “What are the statistics of injury?” he asks. “No one is keeping track of that. Maybe there’s an elite few people who can be conditioned to it that can get away with it with the right training, but long-term, I think it’s doomed for problems.”
Our travels have led us to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls where we continue to meet interesting people who are into health & fitness. On this particular journey we encountered a pair of EMS paramedics who were riding their bikes.
Both paramedics shared their desire to come to Hilo to participate in the Hilo Marathon. Gregor, on left, wants to learn to surf while in Hawaii and Trevor wants to do some mountain biking.
During the two days in Canada Randee and the Big Dog walked everywhere, putting in some 12 miles each day as we explored all the site of Niagara Falls, Canada and the surrounding areas.