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Deputies credited with saving man’s life

Two deputies saved the life of an 84-year-old man who suffered a heart attack Thursday, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office said Friday.

Deputy Ray Miller was patrolling near the area of Thorpe and Assembly roads in southwest Spokane County when he saw the man's car blocking 37th Street.

As Miller approached, Deputy Matt Gould, who was off duty, stopped at the truck and told Miller he thought the man needed medical attention.

The man was in the driver's seat and said he'd eaten oatmeal and coffee at a restaurant and didn't feel well, according to a news release. He couldn't stop vomiting but refused medical assistance. Miller noted the man was sweaty and pale and called medics.

Medics confirmed the man was having heart problems; they later contacted Miller and said the man had just completed open heart surgery and had been suffering a heart attack when deputies contacted him.

What’s your heart attack/stroke risk?

With Valentine's Day around the corner, let's talk about our hearts.

Here are some of the risk factors for having a heart attack or stroke or a serious cardiovascular disease (called CVD). High blood pressure. Smoking. High cholesterol. Diabetes. Obesity. 

The Cardiovascular Lifetime Risk Pooling Project reported its findings recently in the New England Journal of Medicine, according to a National Institutes of Health press release. Bottom line: If you have two risk factors, your chance of "having a major CVD event" goes way up.

From the report: For example, 45-year-old men with two or more risk factors had a 49.5 percent chance of having a major CVD event by age 80, whereas men with optimal risk-factor levels had only a 1.4 percent chance. Forty-five-year-old women with two or more risk factors had a 30.7 percent chance of having a major CVD event by age 80, while those with optimal risk-factor levels had a 4.1 percent chance.

How do your odds look?

(S-R archives photo)

Tasered man, 56, died of heart attack

A man who died after being shocked with a Taser by a sheriff’s deputy in North Idaho in May suffered a heart attack, officials said Friday.

Daniel L. Mittelstadt, 56, of Mount Shasta, Calif., had a pre-existing heart condition and a long history of mental health issues when Boundary County sheriff’s Cpl. Clint Randall responded to a report of a naked man blocking a road with his car about 1 a.m. on May 16.

Read the rest of my story here.

Hit-and-run victim dies of heart attack

A north Spokane man who was injured in June by a hit-and-run driver died of a heart attack Wednesday

Dennis Widener was struck while out exercising on his bicycle at Division Street and Garland Avenue about 5:45 a.m. on June 23.

He was hospitalized at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center with broken ribs and other injuries and then transferred to St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute.

The collision was the subject of a story in Wednesday's edition of The Spokesman-Review.

Spokane police said they had little evidence to solve the felony case other than a vague vehicle description, possibly a brown Toyota Avalon.

Anyone with information should call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.
  

Woman fakes heart attack in court

A Spokane woman faked a heart attack during her son's first court appearance on a drug charge Monday, court officials said.

An ambulance rushed to the Spokane County Courthouse but did not transport the woman, who had fallen to the floor after Judge Michael Price imposed $1,000 bond for her 29-year-old son on a drug possession charge.

"She fell into the aisle and was yelling 'I'm having a heart attack,'" Price said.

Though suspicious, court officials immediately called 911, and a transport deputy tended to the woman outside the courtroom.

The woman's son told court officials there was a 10 percent chance his mother wasn't faking.

  

Does Your Boss Make You Sick?

New research says having a poor supervisor can lead to a higher risk for heart attacks.

“Still, the research does suggest that what happens at work doesn’t stay at work, said Anna Nyberg, a postgraduate student at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and author of a thesis based on the results of the surveys. “Our findings provide clear support for an association between managers’ leadership and employee stress and health,” she said.”

http://oregonwomensreport.com/2009/11/can-a-bad-boss-make-you-sick/

So how would you rate your boss?