Author: Erin Abbey for Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

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156. Marathon of a Lifetime for Swimmer Don Macdonald

 On June 28, Barrington resident Don Macdonald will be kayaking around Manhattan Island to support Doug McConnell, his friend and endurance training partner who will be competing in the Manhattan Island Swim race.
Though just a few years ago, Macdonald himself was doing the swimming as he was training to swim the English Channel when he collapsed with a cardiac arrhythmia right outside his home after a run. A neighbor who happened to be a retired nurse began resuscitating him until EMS arrived and he was rushed to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Ill.
Training for the English Channel is not for the faint of heart. It involves training for 18-24 months, swimming over a million yards, most in bone chilling water temperatures (60 degree Fahrenheit or less), starting swims in the dark before work, on weekends and in bad weather.
Macdonald’s first attempt to swim the English Channel in 2010 never happened due to weather conditions. Upon his return to the U.S., Macdonald decided to take a break from training. He experienced shoulder pains, arm and chest discomfort that he thought were the result of the physical strains of training. However after a stress test showing possible abnormalities in blood flow, he was referred to a cardiologist.…

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104. Health Beat: Too Much TV Time Linked to Kids’ Poor Sleep Habits

 Sleep is important in early childhood especially when young bodies and minds are developing quickly. A new study finds that the more time young children spend watching TV, the less likely they are to get the sleep they need, which can negatively affect their physical and mental health.
The finding published in the May issue of Pediatrics, showed that every extra hour of TV viewing time was associated with 7 fewer minutes of daily sleep time, and the link was stronger for boys than for girls.…

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82. Health Beat: Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Achieves Accredited Chest Pain Center Status

 Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction.
Hospitals that have received SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack.
They emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms.
They also serve as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems, and they help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.
To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Good Shepherd Hospital engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To the community served by Good Shepherd Hospital, this means that processes are in place that meet strict criteria aimed at……

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44. Health Beat: Cool Heart Treatment for a Return to a Normal Lifestyle

 Feeling an occasional mild flutter in your chest, slightly lightheaded, or occasionally being a bit tired are things many of us may have felt at some time in our lives.
John Thibault, a 47 year old sergeant with the Wauconda Police Department, started having these occurrences more frequently right after a very bad chest cold.
“I figured it was probably a combination of the chest cold and stress that was causing the symptoms,” John said.
A co-worker jokingly teased him saying that he should go to the doctor because if he died he didn’t want to do this job by himself. In jest, but with serious undertones, John decided to consult his physician……

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