Thank you for a wonderful EHAC Year!

Last month, we recognized the EHAC 2013 Person of the Year and the nominees. At the time, I thanked everyone for their tremendous response in adapting the Deputy Heart Attack Program and sharing Early Heart Attack Care education within their communities.

However, I would be remiss if I did not thank all of the people at the Society who work so hard to make this program a success. Not only do our employees reach out within their own communities to spread the message, they also dedicate countless hours to share our mission.

I'm indebted to each of them because they all see the big picture. Many of them are like me - people who have experienced the harsh reality of what cardiovascular disease can do to a life, to a family - and they understand that we can drastically reduce the death rate in the United States. Because it's not just a death rate to us - it's someone who mattered that didn't have to die.

So I thank all of you for your dedication to increase the number of EHAC pledges. Keep in mind that we are trying to change the culture to act on the early symptoms of a heart attack. Our plan is to grow until it reaches "viral numbers" and to ultimately view it as "an idea whose time has come". We think that this will happen when we reach about one million pledges. Can we do this?

It will only be possible with your help. You are a vital part of this overall strategy. You can help us by creating new processes and sharing new ideas. Every ounce of energy you bring to the program works miracles and inspires me to work even harder on this mission of love that I started over 40 years ago.

Of course I cannot write a piece for the newsletter without reminding you that the holidays are a season of stress and heart attacks spike this time of year. Please be alert to the early heart attack symptoms and if you need a reminder, visit the Deputy Heart Attack website for more information.

May you and yours have a happy and healthy holiday season and I look forward to working with you in 2014!

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Dr. Raymond Bahr's Articles & Videos

Dr. Raymond Bahr writes articles about the EHAC movement. He has also done several videos that outline the importance of Early Heart Attack Care.

Meet the Deputy Heart Attack Founder

Dr. Raymond Bahr

Dr. Raymond Bahr is passionate about cardiac care and preventive education. As the founding father of the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (now ACC Accreditation Services), his passion to disseminate lifesaving information is a driving force behind the Deputy Heart Attack Program. Throughout his career, he has created multiple programs to help others understand the life saving measures that can save a life. In 1981 at St. Agnes Hospital, Dr. Bahr established the Chest Pain Emergency Department (CPED), the first such unit in the world. The initial purpose of this CPED was prompt and effective treatment of patients presenting with heart attack/sudden death. The CPED was coupled with an aggressive education program that taught the community the early warning signs of a heart attack. This education program extended to middle and high school students via health and science curricula.