Why King County is the best place to have a heart attack


by New Day Producers


Posted on May 23, 2014 at 3:51 PM

This is National EMS Week, and we're taking time this week to learn more about the life saving work done by EMTs, paramedics, and first responders. Dr. Mickey Eisenberg, Medical Program Director for King County EMS Providers and Seattle Fire Chief Gregory Dean joined Margaret to share why Seattle and King County are considered the "best place in the world to have a heart attack." They also discussed the difference between BLS responders (firefighters, EMTs) and ALS responders (paramedics) and how the groups work together in rescue and life-saving situations.

Megan Bloomingdale and Lt. Terry Sinclair demonstrated how to perform CPR and use an AED in a cardiac emergency, and Dr. Eisenbert outlined the F.A.S.T system to determine whether someone is suffering a stroke.

Click here for more information about using an AED effectively.

Join the Seattle Mariners for "Strike Out Stroke Night" on Saturday, May 31st, when the M's take on the Detroit Tigers at Safeco Field. Click HERE for a special ticket offer to the game!


Here are the other segments we did for National EMS Week this week:

  1. Monday, May 19: Get the 411 on 911
  2. Wednesday, May 21:  An inside look at the emergency room
  3. Thursday, May 22: Former UW basketball star's life-saving career change

THANK YOU to the following for sponsoring or taking part in our segments this week:

Eastside Fire & Rescue

Falck Northwest

Bellevue Fire Medic One

King County EMS

Airlift NW

Valley Regional Fire Authority

Seattle Children's Hospital

Safe Kids Eastside