Heart Month 2015, Spread the Word!

Heart Month 2015It is a little known fact that heart disease and stroke take one life every 7 minutes and, astonishingly, 90 percent of Canadians have at least one risk factor.

With obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes on the rise, it is expected that the incidence of heart disease and stroke will swell in upcoming generations. Lifestyle changes have led to sedentary work environments, poor diets, high sodium intake and increased stress which all contribute to heart disease. We are facing what the Heart and Stroke Foundation calls the “perfect storm.”

Heart Disease Facts 

  • Everyday, heart disease and stroke lead to nearly 1,000 hospital visits.
  • Heart disease and stroke rob Canadians of nearly 250,000 potential years of life
  • Heart disease and stroke kills more women than men, a fact that many women may not realize.
  • Today, less than 10% of children meet recommended physical activity guidelines and less than half eat the recommended fruit and vegetables for optimum health.

Heart Month 2015

Today, you can make a difference by celebrating Heart Month 2015 and eliminate preventable heart disease. For over 60 years, the Heart and Stroke Foundation has organized Heart Month, one of the largest fundraising campaigns in Canada in the battle against these two killers.

Heart Month brings together tens of thousands of Canadians who volunteer and donate to raise funds for this worthy cause – funds which will help support life-saving research and the raising of awareness of heart disease and stroke within the community. Learn how you can participate and join the Heart Month Community.

As heart disease is an issue that is very personal to us, Iridia will donate a portion of the proceeds from your purchase of AED’s, AED accessories or workshops to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. We value and appreciate the hard work the Heart and Stroke Foundation is doing and we are thankful to have them as a partner against heart disease.

Additionally, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be teaming up with London Drugs this Heart Month to deliver a series of in-store CPR/AED awareness events. More news to follow, but you can expect to see the Iridia team at your local London Drugs store in the coming weeks. Learn more about London Drugs and their commitment to public health and safety here.

In recognition of Heart Month 2015, Iridia is offering 10% off all AEDs in February. For more information, please contact AED Sales at 1-888-404-6444.

Heart Month 2015

It is an uphill battle against heart disease and stroke, but it’s a battle we can win – help us and spread the word!

 

An AED Save is Not Your Regular Routine

We came across this AED save not too long ago. Thought it was a great and inspiring story that deserves to be shared!

Haddad remembers very little of his last visit to Charter Fitness a health club in Hobart, Indiana, on October 30th. What started as a routine workout for the 22-year-old turned into a race for his life.

He remembers working in the free weight area of the club, then trying to reach for the wall right before he collapsed. 

“I couldn’t see and I couldn’t hear. I couldn’t move,” Haddad said. 

Two members quickly responded and informed the front desk that someone had passed out.

AED player down

Assistant manager, Jorge Almedina, quickly began administering CPR while employee, Sarah Gacsy, brought a defibrillator that was used to get his heart started again after it had stopped. 

Almedina called 911, then went back to Haddad to begin administering CPR. 

“He started breathing, but still had no pulse and that’s when an off-duty nurse who was working out here came to help,” Almedina said. 

Once the defibrillator was administered Haddad regained a pulse. Shortly after, emergency medical services arrived and transported Haddad to the hospital for assessment. 

Haddad said doctors there couldn’t find a reason for his heart stopping, but inserted a pacemaker to keep his heart beating regularly. 

“The doctors have told me they have no answer as to why my heart stopped. … I thank those who helped me here very much,” Haddad said. 

For Almedina, who is 21, the incident was an eye-opener. “I’m just glad I was certified and able to react. You don’t expect that to happen especially to someone close to my age,” Almedina said.

Tito Garcia, regional manager for the fitness club, said it’s a requirement that there be at least one employee during all shifts who is CPR and AED certified. 

“We’re just happy a life was saved and ecstatic our employees reacted courageously to save a person’s life,” Garcia said.

Defibrillation 101 

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