EASTON — Members of the Talbot County Council got to the “heart” of the matter of cardiac health by declaring February “American Heart Month” on Tuesday, Feb. 11, in Easton.
The proclamation followed a presentation by Clay Stamp, Emergency Services Director and Assistant County Manager; Gary Jones of Talbot County Paramedic Foundation; Greg Fries, DES Mobile Integrated Health paramedic; and Dr. Jeff Etherton, Shore Regional Health interventional cardiology program director.
The emergency and health services professionals stressed the importance of the partnerships that have been developed among them, preventing heart disease and bystanders’ taking quick action during a cardiac event.
Stamp said that the data clearly show that early bystander CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation), the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), coupled with quick advanced life support and treatment at an interventional cardiology facility all save lives, they said.
“These events are often called ‘chains of survival,’ and they truly are linked,” Jones said.
According to the proclamation, heart disease includes heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases and is the leading cause of death of nearly 850,000 Americans each year.
Etherton said that Shore Regional Health treated over 200 people who had suffered a major heart attack last year. “There is no way we could do it without this incredible team,” he said.
However, the disease is one of the most preventable “when each individual takes responsibility for his or her own health and the health of our children by exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, eating balanced and nutritious meals, avoiding use of tobacco, using alcohol in moderation, and working with a healthcare provider to prevent or treat conditions which can lead to heart disease,” according to the proclamation.
Fries said that free training will be provided at the sixth annual CPR Marathon. The American Heart Association Friends and Family CPR & AED training will be offered from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Talbot County Community Center, 10228 Ocean Gateway, Easton. Each course lasts about 75 minutes.
Registration is available online at talbotdes.org or by calling 410-770-8160.
“We certainly encourage the public to come out to that training,” Stamp said. “The more we train, the better off we are.”