SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Did you know that golf courses are the fifth most common place where people suffer from a sudden cardiac arrest?
Health expert Karen Owoc told Marty Gonzalez of KRON 4 how she can survive a round of golf
According to the American Heart Association, a golfer is one of over 380,000 people in the US every year suffering from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA ) Suffer. Less than seven percent survive [1
How to Prepare
The worst-case scenario is a cardiac event on a distant hole. On your next golf outing, keep in mind the following when planning your tee time:
- Find out if the course has an automatic external defibrillator (AED), where it is located, who is trained to use it, and if that person is on the site at all times.
- A defibrillator can deliver an electric shock that can restore a normal rhythm to a heart that stops beating, but the faster the life-saving treatment can begin, the better the chances of survival.
- Get the clubhouse phone number and find out if you have an emergency number (ie a number where you can not be held in an emergency). Save these contact numbers in your phone. Every player in your group should do that.
- Stay hydrated and avoid alcohol – especially when the weather is hot. Alcohol is a diuretic and will deplete your body of essential fluids and electrolytes. Dehydration can affect your heart rhythm and can be a life-threatening disease.
- Be a Regular Practitioner – Not a Golf Fighter on the Weekend. A sedentary lifestyle poses a risk to SCA.
- Choose a partner who knows CPR!
The snack: Prepare and get fit
A healthy heart usually means a healthy body.
Lower your risk of heart disease and SCA, and you can also lower your score in the Gulf.
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