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Portable defibrillators increase survival rates Rochester survival rates, one of the best in the nation


By Bill Lisser

Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Sudden cardiac death is one of the six leading causes of death in the United States. It can happen unexpectedly in people with no previous history of heart disease. When the initial rhythm of the heart is in ventricular fibrillation, the key to survival for people in this condition is to provide service quickly with the use of the defibrillator. “It makes a huge difference of survival how quickly we can deliver the shock,” said Dr. Roger White of the Mayo Clinic. “It’s very, very important they (Emergency Medical Personnel) get there quickly.”

A time difference of as little as one minute appears to influence outcomes and survival according to a study completed by White and his colleagues. After the delivery of the shock, it’s very important to get right back to CPR, as this is one of the keys to survival for the patient. “This keeps the blood flowing to the heart,” White said. According to White, it took some time for everyone to understand the importance of this step. “We are over that, they’re very efficient now,” said White.

Dr. White has been working with emergency medical services since he arrived at Mayo Clinic in 1970. He is the Co-Medical Director of the Mayo Clinic Medical Transport, Medical Director of the City of Rochester and Olmsted County Early Defibrillation Program while working in association with the Department of Anesthesiology and Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine and the Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Prehospital Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. His work has propelled Rochester to the top in comparison with other cities in the country for survival rates for by-stander witnessed ventricular fibrillation.

What happens when an individual suffering ventricular fibrillation is shocked with the defibrillator? The defibrillation process causes the heart to stop fibrillating. When this happens the heart can regain its own rhythm. The fibrillation of the heart causes the lower two chambers of the heart to not function properly and not do their job. That job is to deliver blood to all the vital organs.

In 1990, there were four defibrillators in police cars in Rochester. It was a two year trial period and a breakthrough period for the equipment. “We wanted to see if it would make any difference,” said Dr. White. The program which involved the use of the portable defibrillator and the ability to shock the patient befo .....
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Local website promotes active living

By Nate Langworthy

Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

If you’re looking for a way to have some fun getting a little exercise and more fully enjoy the outdoor resources that southeastern Minnesota has to offer, there is now a comprehensive online list of parks and recreation areas to fit your whims. ..... 
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Fillmore County has a new physical therapist

Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

It wasn’t until recently that Fillmore County residents were able to receive physical therapy close to home. Lisa Stensrud opened up her Preston practice in the same building with Arndt Chiropractic at the beginning of December. Lisa Stensrud g ..... 
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Yoga as heart opener

Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Yoga is more than exercise. Everyone knows that exercise is an important determinant of health; we all should strive to get 150 minutes of moderately intense activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week, as recommended in the 2008 Physical ..... 
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Tables for cancer

Fri, Jan 6th, 2012
Posted in Health & Wellness

The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Fillmore County will be hosting a Tables for Cancer event on January 22 from 12:00 noon to 2:30pm at the Christ Lutheran Church in Preston. Cost for attendance is $5 at the door, which includes a light ..... 
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Harmony bloodmobile collects 58 units

Thu, Dec 22nd, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on December 13, 2011, succeeded in collecting 58 units of blood. There were 57 donors that presented with one first-time participant. Congratulations to these 10 donors who reached the following milestones:

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New data: Affordable Care Act helps 2.5 million additional young adults get health insurance Expanded coverage from the health care law has continued to grow

Thu, Dec 15th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness



Today, the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data illustrating that the Affordable Care Act continues to significantly increase the number of young adults who have health in ..... 
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Ban the Bug: Give the gift of protection from influenza for the holidays

Thu, Dec 15th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness



It's not too early to give yourself and the people around you a gift for the upcoming holidays: protection from influenza. By getting vaccinated for influenza now, you can greatly reduce your chances of getting influenza - or spreading it to ..... 
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State awards grants to build local capacity for addressing health hazards in homes

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The Minnesota Department of Health has awarded grants totaling $250,000 to seven local health agencies to develop and implement programs that address health hazards frequently found in homes; hazards such as lead, radon and other indoor air pollutan ..... 
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