February PAC report

February PAC

Feb 9, 2015.  Start: 6:10 pm.  18 in attendance.

Report from Second Precinct Inspector Waite:

Trends follow the weather.  With the warmer weather, more Hondas and Toyotas are being stolen:  they are popular for street racing.

The Second Precinct  received the MPD Annual Award for the greatest reduction in crime.  This is the third year the award was won by the Second.  Inspector Waite emphasized that  this reduction is due, in part, to the increased citizen participation as citizens watch and report when something “doesn’t look right”.  Without residents watching, the officers can only look for evidence long after the crime has been committed.  Without citizens getting facts, like car colors or crooks’ clothing colors or hair styles, the police have no idea what to look for.

Thank you for being part of the team. Let’s try to get that award for the 4th time.  We deserve to live in a place with that record.

Inspector Waite also pointed out that beat officers and precinct chaplains will be taking part in more PAC meetings.  They’ll be here to listen to your concerns directly from you.

Emilie Quast related an action report that officers had stopped two people in a “Burglary Focus Zone” at 19th and Talmage.   The two men had burglary tools in their possession and were arrested.  Roy Beaulieu 1014 13th Ave SE and Thomas Szmiot 29 East 2nd.  [They have since been released.]

Our Speaker was Ross Chavez, of the Hennepin County Medical Center.  Topic:  Your Heart: Flow, Pumps, Electricity and Transport.

Heart function:  A human heart  starts pumping during the 4th week of gestation.  An adult heart pumps 100,000 / day at 1.5 gallons /  minute, sending blood through some 60,000 miles of vessels.  The average adult has about 5 quarts of blood in the body, so the heart sends that around the body at incredible speed.

This amazing muscle has a natural pacemaker that responds to stimuli presented by your environment.  It will speed up in response to a “fight or flight” situation, but if the body is going into hypothermia, the heart will slow down to preserve the brain.  Endurance athletes have strengthened their heart muscles to perform much more efficiently than average.   While 60 and 90 is considered normal and an average rate during exercise of 150+ beats per minute is also normal, an unusually strong heart (endurance training) may have a resting rate of 34 beats per minute, an inadequate rate for  the average person.

The purpose of sending the blood is so bring oxygen, nutrients, to every cell, while carrying away waste.  The blood also brings white cells and immunity components to the rest of the body.

Your heart has two direct defenses: it is mostly hidden behind the sternum, but it is also encased in a strong sac, the pericardium.  One other “defense’ it has is that as the blood is oxygenated, the heart receives the newly “charged” blood first, before the rest of the body.

Keeping your heart healthy is not difficult, but it is important to take care of it daily.  Exercise the muscle 30 minutes, 3 times a week; no smoking; watch your diet.  Chavez discussed the “paleo-diet, which is based on fruit, nuts, vegetables, and “anything you can kill with a stick”.  (Reference to Robb Wolf on the paleo-diet and heart health.)  Stress management is important for keeping your blood pressure around 120/80   Sleep is very important because that is the healing time for your heart.  Your annual physical should include your BP, cholesterol levels, diabetes, rhythm changes, evidence of pulmonary disease.

Heart disease:  Someone has  a heart attack every 34 seconds.  The cost of that in this country is $108.9 Billion dollars each year.  (EQ: I think that is only direct cost, but there are also many collateral costs.)

How hearts fail:
High blood pressure causes hypertrophy of the heart.  Plaque rupture leads to a thrombus. Hypoperfusion or “shock” is a loss of circulation that can be fatal.  Aortic aneurysms can range from “watchful waiting” to immediate threat to life.  Other sources of failure are overdose and toxicity.

When to call for EMS help:

IMMEDIATELY CALL 911 when you observe chest pain, sweating, nausea, passing out (be assured that healthy people do not pass out), being short of breath, having jaw or arm pain, abdominal pain, back pain.

The more time that passes, the greater the heart muscle death.

Some people show atypical symptoms, especially women, the elderly, and diabetics, who may have silent heart attacks.

Another reason to call 911 quickly is that although Minneapolis heart disease death rates are about 122-206 / 100,000,  Hennepin County boasts a survival rate that is among the highest in the country.

(EQ: For a complete report on Hennepin County, go to the following website and scroll down to the green box http://myhealthnewsletter.com/hcmc/healthematters/February2015/article1.html  You will be assured you are living in the right place.)

Stay calm, take/offer aspirin, stay on the phone and follow 911 instructions, unlock the doors, put the pets away and turn the outdoor lights on to mark your house.

People ask, Why so many responders?

Fire,  police, and  EMS are team.  The Fire Dept is likely to get to your house first and can give oxygen immediately.  The EMS will follow very shortly with nitroglycerin, IVs, a 12 lead EKG and more.

The newest tool is the auto CPR device, which is a state of the art device.  This battery operated machine delivers precise 2 inch compressions at 100 beats/minute.  Newer CPR protocol stresses exact compressions and no longer recommends mouth to mouth.  It’s been found that your body has enough residual oxygen to maintain healthy life as long as the compressions keep the blood circulating.

Anecdote:  One of the EMS staff actually had a heart attack on the job.  He had complete heart stoppage, and was on the auto-CPR for 68 minutes, but thanks to that device, he walked out of the hospital two weeks later.  Prompt action and precise long term auto-CPR saved his life and preserved the quality of his life.  Other people in the auto-CPR device have revived and interacted with the EMS staff while the compressions were going on even though their own hearts were still not beating.

Once the patient gets to the “cath lab”, medical staff locates the blockage and removes it, carefully monitors your brain health, and performs other life saving events.

Second Precinct Court Watch Summary:  There were no removals from the Courtwatch list.  Two people were added:

Jesse Alan Houge is accused of two aggravated robberies on January 17, both in Prospect Park; Omnibus hearing scheduled for Feb. 18.

Bianka Kiersten Truman is accused of loitering with intent and indecent exposure.  The victim had been receiving unwanted visitors for a week;  This was in the 7xx block of Fillmore St. NE.  A pretrial is scheduled for March 18.

Next 2PAC meeting: March 9th at 6PM  1900 Central Avenue NE (Monroe Village Apartments, community room).

Topic on March 9th:  Our newly expanded chaplain service.  All three of the chaplains now working with the Second Precinct have strong ties to NE or SE Minneapolis.

–Submitted by Emilie Quast, PAC

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