Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Bahr

Dr. Ray Bahr is more than just the Founder of the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. He's the soul of the organization. Dr. Bahr is the President Emeritus and sits on the Board of Trustees of the Society, which was founded as the Society of Chest Pain Centers. His Early Heart Attack Care program is a benchmark of community outreach and education for heart disease.

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EHAC One Mission Requires Many Partners

Over the years, many people have asked me about how EHAC started and how we work with other groups in order to spread the message. Many of you know my personal story, but many of you may not realize that I work with numerous organizations, agencies and governing bodies in order to help spread the message. We are not an island and we all work towards the same goal – to recognize the early signs of a heart attack in order to save a life!

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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.

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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.

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Inspiration on a Mission: Science of Peace Lecture

Missing a chance to save a life greatly impacted my life and became the foundation for both the Society and Early Heart Attack Care. But, greater men came before me, men who believed that poverty should not create limits on healthcare. I'm speaking of Dr. Paul Dudley White and Dr. Rene Favalaro.

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Speaking EHAC at IU Health

On September 19 and 20, I had the pleasure of speaking to IU Health employees at the Tipton and Muncie, Indiana, locations. It was a wonderful opportunity to share the story of the evolution of Early Heart Attack Care, the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care and our vision for the future. What comprises this vision? Before we address that topic, let me share some eye-opening information...

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EHAC Zooms Past 100,000 Pledges

September 2013 - The Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) program, which reached 50,000 pledges in July, hit 100,000 last week.

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Beyond the Doors of a CPC

As we recently achieved 50,000 pledges, we know it started with a question, "Do we need a chest pain center?" The answer is a resounding yes because it helps hospitals show that they care about the health of their community. But it's more than the life-saving technology and skills that are a requirement of any CPC...

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Nominate Your EHAC Person of the Year!

This year, the Society is recognizing people who have worked diligently to spread the message of Early Heart Attack Care and will name one person as the 2013 EHAC Ambassador of the Year. 

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The Implications of a Global EHAC

The 16th Congress of the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care took place April 21-25, 2013, and highlighted heart failure and value-based purchasing. Truly, breakthrough medicine is being developed through this collaboration of evidenced-based medicine needed in this accountable health era. However, not to be forgotten was the decision made in the 2012 Congress to elevate EHAC (or Community Education) to Key Element Number One.

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EHAC Expansion to Include Hospital Employees

Hospital employees provide a very important role in the delivery of medical care within their community. No where is this more important than heart attack care. More heart attack deaths occur in the community than within hospital walls.

Hospital employees bridge the gap within the community in order to reduce the time from symptom onset until the patient receives medical care.

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Surging Ahead in Heart Attack Care

Last month we sent out a letter to all of the 740 SCPC accredited hospitals encouraging them to add the EHAC educational module to their CPR programs. The first 200 hospitals that agree to participate will receive 500 free Deputy Heart Attack badges to utilize in their education. To date, we have almost 40 hospitals that have signed up and received their badges!

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February is Heart Month

It is associated with St.Valentine's Day and love thoughts fill the air. The heart is considered the center of our emotions and words to express this are numerous... heartfelt, heart warming, heart strong, heart to heart, heartbreaking.

However, this month, I want to focus my "burning heart" on the care of your heart. In reality, February should be the time where we stop and think about what we have within our chest in order to understand the value and keep it in good shape.

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How to Foil Death by Heart Attack

Death is inevitable and we all face it sooner or later. We try our best to avoid it and we position ourselves to extend life by doing what is right for our bodies. Death that comes early in life is not fair because none of us want to be cheated out of what life has to offer. What most people do not know is that one has to prepare for conditions that take life unexpectedly. We don't always win when we plan, but we can reduce the risk of having death occur.

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Amazing Results in EHAC

I have been involved in heart attack care for the last 50 years and I have seen many medical advancements in the field. However, over the last three months I have experienced more excitement about the possibility of finally removing heart disease as the number one killer in the United States - a title it has held for the last 150 years.

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Winning the Battle

We welcome the military hospitals as they embark on developing Chest Pain Centers in their facilities as a strategy to prevent heart attacks from taking lives that are “too good to die.” We certainly need your help in seeing the heart attack problem as the “war at home.”  We are told by the American Heart Association that 800,000 Americans die each year from heart disease. The majority of these deaths are from heart attacks.

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How do you EHAC?

As you wander around your county fair, tasting the latest in fried-goodness, don’t be surprised to see an EHAC booth. Why? Because ONE person decided that the message of EHAC is so vital, she is spending her weekend sharing the life-saving education with a potential audience of 90,000 people. But this is her story. What’s yours?

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Recording the EHAC Moment

We are all familiar with the “Kodak moment” as an opportunity to capture that once-in-a-lifetime event. Similarly, the EHAC moment represents the chance to save a life by recognizing that a heart attack is occurring and treatment is of the utmost importance. In essence, an EHAC moment records a life being saved.

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Share the EHAC Symbols to Save a Life

How important is the Good Samaritan strategy in heart attack care? Let's put it this way. If you could perform one action that would affect the lives of millions would that be important to you? Of course, it would. What is this one step? Deliver effective early care for someone who is having a heart attack.

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How Powerful is the Early Heart Attack Care Movement in the United States?

How Powerful is the Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) Movement in the United States? And the Answer is Very Powerful and this is based on “The Power of an Idea whose Time has come.” It just makes Good Common Sense and is what is needed to save lives!

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Share the Tools for BestHeartHospital

Congratulations! Your accredited hospital is now considered a "Best Heart Hospital." Not only is it listed, but it is also easy to locate with the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care' free BestHeartHospital app that can be downloaded to Apple and Android devices. In addition, a map of all SCPC accredited facilities is available on the website. These tools can help you save a life because if a patient is having a heart attack or in the early stages, it can help them seek the care they need.

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Are you a Saver or an Enabler?

The Bystander is perhaps the most important person in understanding what needs to be done when there is a person in our midst having a Heart Attack. Whether that Heart Attack Victim is a loved one or a stranger, if you are standing nearby, would you know what to do? Let us put ourselves in the shoes of the bystander and try to better understand the problem so that we know what actions will save a life.

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Finding the Rosetta Stone of the Heart Attack Problem in order to Significantly Reduce Heart Attack Deaths.

Ever since the discovery that heart attacks take the lives of so many Americans each year (800,000) and elsewhere in the world, attempts have been made to find a solution to the heart attack problem. Well, I am happy to tell you that we are now positioning ourselves to do just that!

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Golden Opportunity for Chest Pain Centers to Lead the Way in the Eradication of Heart Attack Deaths in the United States.

Chest Pain Centers offer a New Level of Heart Attack Care through their targeted focus on early symptom recognition and early treatment of Heart Attacks. This is made possible through prodromal symptoms occurring in over 50% of Heart Attack Patients and taking the needed steps to capture patients in this phase. Education on this approach has the acronym EHAC (Early Heart Attack Care) to identify it. We let the Public know that they don't have to drive around in the Hospitals's parking lot until their chest discomfort becomes painful enough to be considered an "emergency" to come into the Hospital.

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Heart Appreciation Month... Let Love Live

February is traditionally Heart Month. It is a time of the year when our thoughts turn to Love. We want to get close to our loved ones in an endearing and emotional way. To do so, we make an effort to deepen ourselves. This Human to Human Touch defines the Substance of Life and we feel the sense of love grow in our hearts. But how much love do we actually show our hearts? 

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Resolutions for 2012? You know what to do...

I hope that fellow Americans this 2012 year think about their Health.....and what I mean by Health is not just avoiding illness, but actually going out and developing a full Robust Life Existence! For Life to be Lived, one must strive to be in the Best Physical Shape. As the expression goes,"Health is Wealth." 

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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.