The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The AHA now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters working tirelessly to eliminate these diseases, fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to save and improve lives.
In the Western world, our medical management of a hernia is considered low-risk, and rather routine. In contrast, in the under-served city of Salcedo, located within the Dominican Republic, hernia repair is viewed as a complex undertaking. This is largely due to their limited medical resources and lack of proper training. Hernias range in symptoms depending on their severity, but may cause severe pain, bloating, swelling, and tenderness, and can worsen over time without treatment. If the bowel gets stuck in the hernia (incarcerated) and then gets so pinched that it loses its blood supply (strangulated), then the tissue can die and become necrotic – potentially leading to life-threatening sepsis or death.
Did you know, more women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined? Heart disease, commonly thought of as a “man’s disease”, affects over 43 million living women today. The number of women who die from heart disease each year (about 500,000) is staggeringly high. This is because many women neglect prevention, ignore their symptoms and do not seek treatment before it’s too late.
Nepal is a truly amazing place. It is full of enlightenment and is an inspiration to everyone who journeys there.
The community surrounding Thames College in Kathmandu is currently in the process of setting up their first international American Heart Association training center in Kathmandu. The Disque Foundation was honored to support the effort by providing CPR, AED, and First Aid training to inspire those who have so inspired to the world.
Antelope is a remote Oregon city with a unique history. Initially a stop for stagecoaches and freight wagons on the trail to the gold fields of Canyon City, it grew into a ranching town at the turn of the 20th century. The city nearly disappeared when the railroad did not extend far enough to link them to the outside world.
On August 25th, Fritz got the opportunity to speak to the employees of Elmhurst Park District about Life’s Simple 7™. In an effort to simplify heart health down to seven components, the AHA created “Live Better with Life’s Simple 7™”.
The Disque Foundation supports the ongoing work of the American Heart Association through its campaigns to inspire others to live a heart healthy lifestyle. Last week, Fritz spoke to 170 students and faculty of the College of Pharmacy at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science located in Northern Chicago.
Inspiring others to live inspired lives all around the world has been the central purpose behind the Disque Foundation. When Dr. Karl “Fritz” Disque founded the organization, he made it with the mission of expanding healthcare education through technology to reach the underserved nationally and internationally.
Elk Grove High School of Illinois has decided to work with the American Heart Association in a terrific effort to inform and instruct the young adults and families of Elk Grove High School on heart saving information during the basketball game. The American Heart Association commemorates Go Red For Women during February, heart health awareness month, to support women with heart related diseases.
The salvation of a human life is a priceless and enormously fulfilling task that most people assume is performed strictly by doctors and trained professionals. This belief, however, is tremendously far from true. Anyone can save a life with the correct knowledge and unpretentious training that Dr. Karl “Fritz” Disque DO, Director of the Disque Foundation, offers.
The Disque Foundation is a nonprofit organization with the dual task of enhancing health care education and motivating others to live inspired lives. A worldwide goal, members of the foundation have contributed in Panama, Haiti, Ethiopia, Costa Rica, and the United States.