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Archive for February 3rd, 2011

The blizzard photos keep coming…

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on February 3, 2011

Thanks to Paloma Garcia for this photo.

They say it’s the Storm of the Century, so send us your photos!

Loyola students, as you spend the day making snowmen and throwing snowballs, send us your pictures of you and your friends, and we’ll post them on Loyola Student Dispatch!

 Send photos and videos to: loyolastudentdispatch@gmail.com

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Loyola Medicine warns of dangers of snow shoveling

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on February 3, 2011

The Blizzard of 2011 has given many of us an opportunity to use our shoveling muscles.

But the muscle in most danger of overuse during shoveling is the heart.

Loyola Medicine offers this warning to snow shovelers:

Loyola’s innovative Heart Attack Rapid Response Team (HARRT) is on staff 24/7 to perform emergency surgery on patients who have experienced heart attacks from shoveling snow or other causes.

Loyola is the only Illinois hospital to have an interventional cardiologist on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week to perform emergency balloon angioplasties.

“Every year, we see patients who have had heart attacks while shoveling show, and this activity has been repeatedly shown to be associated with heart attacks,” said interventional cardiologist Dr. John Lopez, HARRT co-director. “The risk is especially high among people who are not in shape or have a history of heart disease.”

Dr. Mark Cichon, director of Emergency Medical Services, said shoveling snow is the equivalent of running three minutes nonstop. Many people who shovel snow are not in the proper shape to do that.

Lopez offered the following safety tips:

– Do not shovel snow alone.

– Use a snow blower. If that’s not possible, use a smaller shovel to limit the amount of snow you lift and thereby reduce the stress on your heart.

– Take frequent breaks.

– Do not eat a heavy meal or drink alcoholic beverages before or after shoveling.

– Do not shovel if you are not in good physical shape or have a history of heart disease.

– Learn the signs of a heart attack. Call 911 if you are experiencing symptoms, such as pain, squeezing or fullness in the chest, shortness of breath, cold sweat, nausea and lightheadedness.

An interventional cardiologist can stop a heart attack in its tracks by reopening a coronary artery with an emergency balloon angioplasty.

National guidelines say heart attack patients should receive balloon angioplasties within 90 minutes of arriving at the hospital — known as the “door to balloon” time. Loyola’s average and median door-to-balloon times are less than one hour.

Most hospitals do not have interventional cardiology teams on site during nights and weekends. Precious time is lost when the cardiologist, nurses and technicians have to be called from home — especially during blizzards.

At Loyola, the entire interventional cardiology team is on site at the hospital 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

“Time is muscle,” said Dr. Fred Leya, medical director of Loyola’s cardiac catheterization lab. “If we can reopen the artery within 30 minutes, there will be essentially no damage. If we do it within 30 to 60 minutes, there will be minimal damage. That’s why we call the first 60 minutes the Golden Hour of Opportunity.”

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Wrigley Field among structures damaged by storm

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on February 3, 2011

Wrigley Field damage. Photo by Kara Leslie.

Wrigley Field and a building in Rogers Park were among the structures damaged in this week’s blizzard.

The Chicago-Sun Times has the story and Loyola Student Dispatch reporter Kara Leslie has the photo:

At least six buildings have been damaged by the blizzard — including historic Wrigley Field, where a portion of the roof blew off.

A panel of the Wrigley Field roof above the press box was damaged by extreme winds during the blizzard, Cubs spokesman Peter Chase said.

Part of the panel, made of fiberboard, broke away and the Cubs are working with the city to monitor the situation and to ensure there aren’t any public safety issues, Chase said.

 North Clark and West Addison streets near the ballpark were closed as a precaution. A security guard will remain on site to monitor the situation, officials said.

According to a statement from the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications none of the storm damage to buildings poses a threat to the public. Because of the weather the city had not been able to complete an inspection of Wrigley Field as of Wednesday morning.

On the Northwest Side, the awning and pipes blew off a building at 5700 W. Irving Park, the statement said. The owner was on site cleaning up late Tuesday.

A column collapsed in a vacant building at 4759 N. Maplewood and the area was barricaded off with caution tape, officials said.

In Rogers Park, inspectors responded to a report of a sign blowing in the wind at 2733 W. Devon. There were no immediate details on the incident.

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