WILTON, Conn. – The Wilton Daily Voice accepts signed, original letters to the editor. Send letters to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am a runner, with no family history of heart disease or risk factors, yet one week after my 40th birthday, I suffered a heart attack, then cardiac arrest. My daughters were only 6 and 8 at the time. My husband was nearly an instant single father. My heart was not permanently damaged because I recognized my symptoms and called 911 right away.
If not for the heroic actions of the paramedic who shocked my heart back to a normal rhythm, I would not be here. Two years later, I still run. I still get to be a mom and wife.
My family and I are committed to health and safety in our community. Last year, I worked closely with first responders and local officials to achieve Wilton’s HeartSafe designation. I’m certified in American Heart Association Basic Life Support, and a National/State Licensed EMT. I was a CPR trainer in the Hands for Life events. I know that CPR can help save victims of cardiac arrest.
The American Heart Association is supporting the following legislation in our state to help save lives:
? CPR in Schools legislation to increase survival from cardiac arrest by ensuring all students receive CPR training prior to graduation.
? Food purchasing legislation that will help Connecticut lead the way in combating obesity by purchasing foods that meet 2010 Dietary Guidelines.
? Pulse Oximetry legislation to ensure that, prior to discharge, all newborns receive this simple, inexpensive test that measures infant blood oxygen levels and pulse rate to help diagnose congenital heart defects.
I encourage our local government leaders to support this legislation to improve the health of Connecticut residents. And I encourage residents to learn CPR and join the AHA’s grassroots movement at www.YoureTheCure.org.
Nancy Capelle Wilton, CT
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