On Monday, Aug. 10, 2015 a 64-year-old truck driver in Queens died after he went into cardiac arrest and hit several cars.
On September 8, 2015, a 55-year-old truck driver died after a sudden cardiac arrest when he veered his tractor trailer into parked cars in Queens. (above)
In December 2015 Joseph Wiggins of Plant City, Florida, was awarded a certificate, patch, lapel pin, and truck decal by TCA for his life saving actions on May 11, 2015, when he began CPR on a truck driver who underwent a cardiac arrest. He was able to perform CPR until help arrived.
Everyday about 1,000 people — a number of them truck drivers — undergo a sudden cardiac arrest when the heart suddenly stops beating. The most common cause of a sudden cardiac arrest is an arrhythmia or an abnormal heart rhythm.
It’s Not a Heart Attack!
Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack, which is caused by obstructions in blood vessels leading to the heart.
Sudden cardiac arrest symptoms are immediate and drastic and include:
- Sudden collapse
- No pulse
- No breathing
- Loss of consciousness
If the sudden cardiac arrest occurs outside of a hospital, there is a 90% chance of sudden cardiac death (SCD) within 8 to 10 minutes.
Men are two to three times more likely to experience sudden cardiac arrest.
Medical experts have found that in the four weeks leading up to a sudden cardiac arrest, about 51% of people show some early warning signs:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations
If a driver experiences these symptoms, that go away quickly, they should call a doctor.
If these warning signs last for several minutes, even if for the first time, then call immediately 911.
According to the Mayo Clinic other risk factors include:
- A family history of coronary artery disease
- High blood pressure
- High blood cholesterol
- A sedentary lifestyle
- Drinking too much alcohol (more than two drinks a day)
- Age — the incidence of sudden cardiac arrest increases with age
- Nutritional imbalance, such as low potassium or magnesium levels
Please pass this life-saving information along to your dispatchers, driver supervisors and drivers.
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