EDITOR’S NOTE: “Chief’s Corner” is a regular feature in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza from North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Mike Brown, offering information, tips and education material on fire safety, emergency preparedness and other pertinent topics.
With February being American Heart Month, we have many opportunities to educate ourselves about heart disease, what our individual risks are and what we can do to make a plan for prevention.
Take advantage of the local events taking place at Incline Village Community Hospital (IVCH) and the Incline Village Recreation Center to learn about heart health through diet, exercise and get a free blood pressure check.
The North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District (NLTFPD) is partnering with Incline Village Community Hospital (IVCH) and Incline Village General Improvement District (IVGID) to offer free Blood Pressure Checks on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the IVCH Community Room, 880 Alder Ave., Incline Village, as well as Monday, Feb. 24, at the Incline Village Recreation Center Lobby, 980 Incline Way, Incline Village, from 1:15-2:15 p.m.
Another great tool for your heart health toolbox is knowing how to perform CPR and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
CPR saves lives; it is the critical survival link that buys time for the patient. The earlier you give CPR to a person in cardiac or respiratory arrest, the greater their chance of survival.
CPR keeps oxygenated blood flowing to the brain and heart until defibrillation or other advanced care can restore normal heart action.
AED responders can provide defibrillation within the first few minutes of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. This dramatically increases the patient’s chance of survival.
Visit our website for a 2014 CPR/AED/Firs Aid Course schedule at http://www.nltfpd.net/community-outreach/cpr/.