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Redmond, Kirkland Emergency Workers Save Two Lives in One Shift

Both patients had no pulse when emergency personnel arrived, but were revived on scene and transported to Evergreen, according to Kirkland firefighters.

Kirkland firefighters and medics from Redmond Fire responded to two cardiac arrests in an eight hour period Friday.

Although neither had a pulse when emergency personnel arrived, they resuscitated both people and got them to the hospital, according to a Kirkland Firefighters Facebook post.

The first CPR call was to 95th Place NE and involved a 45-year-old female. The second call was to NE 68th Street and involved a 70-year-old male who had suddenly collapsed outside the Houghton shopping mall.

"This is becoming more common and highlights the importance and value of our EMS system," Kirkland firefighters wrote.

Redmond is the regional provider of Advanced Life Support (ALS) services in northeast King County with three Medic One units staffed by 35 University of Washington, School of Medicine (Harborview) trained paramedics, according to the city of Redmond website.  

The three medic units reportedly answer more than 6000 ALS calls annually serving a population in excess of 270,000 throughout Redmond, Kirkland, Woodinville, Duvall, and the northern portions of Sammamish.

Mary Lou Roels February 03, 2013 at 04:34 PM
This highlights the importance of heart healthy living. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute. It is Go Red for Women month. The American Heart association raises awareness; encouraging heart healthy tips to keep you from experiencing an incident such as this. A few tips-1. Know your numbers; (blood pressure and cholestrol) and get them lowered. 2. Go for a walk. Exercise encourages blood flow. 3. Eliminate the processed foods. All the transfats are in your bloodstream. Eat clean, eat healthy. 4. Get involved: www.goredforwomen.org
Greg Johnston February 03, 2013 at 04:44 PM
That's terrific advice and valuable information Mary Lou, for women and men -- thank you for adding it!
David Carson February 03, 2013 at 05:41 PM
I lost my dad to cardiac arrest almost 2 years ago and I think he would have survived if he'd known that the symptoms he was experiencing were classic symptoms of pending cardiac failure. The way that you know your numbers is to 5. regularly see your doctor and 6. a final tip is to stop smoking.
Greg Johnston February 03, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Thanks David, knowing the symptoms is extremely important for sure -- I lost my dad to heart disease as well.
Mary Lou Roels February 04, 2013 at 05:36 PM
David, so sorry about your dad. 2 years ago, my 82 year old dad had cardiac arrest on the golf course and drove himself home. Still not feeling well, he called 911 - they discovered he needed valve replacement, triple by pass, and while they were there, they noticed thyroid cancer. After 10 hours on the table, my dad left ICU, and recovered. Today, he is 84 and back out on the golf course. Without the advanced technological help of the American Heart association and their work, I'm pretty sure he would not be here today.....

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