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Stress and Heart-Attacks

03 June 2008
BIOFEEDBACK MATTERS
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Inside this issue:

  1. Stress and Heart-Attacks – by Harry Campbell
  2. Advanced Neurofeedback Training with Mary Jo Sabo, Ph.D
  3. Biofeedback Certification Training in Chicago with Erik Peper, Ph.D

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I. Stress and Heart-Attacks – by Harry Campbell
“Fireman’s fatal heart-attack linked to stress”. According to a May 26th Associated Press report, Jay Maddy, a 41 year-old Eaton, IN, firefighter was part of a team responding to 21 arson fires between 3:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. The team continued to patrol the town to prevent additional arsons. Mr. Maddy endured a 24 hour period without sleep during this event. There were no signs of any serious health problems. The only symptom that was apparent was fatigue. He suffered a heart-attack the next day and died the following day. The IN state fire marshal’s office is ruling his death to be “in the line of duty”. His family will qualify for full line-of-duty benefits.

This is a current example of how stress can cause or make symptoms worse. A person may have an existing problem with their cardiovascular system but it might not normally cause significant symptoms. When this person only has to deal with minor everyday stress they may not seem to have any more problems than the average healthy person. They might have a lifespan that is a few years shorter than another person but that would probably not appear to be noteworthy. If the same person is put through unusual stress, their already weakened cardiovascular system may break down in a dramatic way like a heart-attack. On-going stress management/reduction can reduce a person’s baseline stress level so that when stress increases to unusual levels the system may have more of a reserve to handle it. Biofeedback assisted relaxation training can be very helpful in this process. Many people don’t know that they have compromised systems like the cardiovascular system because they don’t have any symptoms that are noticeable enough to seek medical attention for them.

Stress can be mental or physical. I am a college and pro basketball and football fan. Over the past 20 years or so I can remember several cases where a seemingly healthy athlete has simply dropped dead on the court or field. I believe that in some of these cases the person had a medical defect that probably would not have showed up had the person not been an athlete. I believe that the level of stress that a college or professional athlete puts on their body is much greater than that of a non-athlete. The many practices and games can cause much greater stress on the body systems than the average person. This high level of physical stress can be enough to cause a serious problem like a fatal heart-attack. The same person might lead a normal life if they did not put such a high level of physical stress on a system with a defect.

The same can be true of mental or emotional stress. Ongoing higher than normal levels of stress can cause noticeable, serious symptoms, especially to already compromised body systems. Sometimes the results can even be fatal.

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II. Advanced Neurofeedback Training with Mary Jo Sabo, Ph.D
ADVANCED NEUROFEEDBACK TRAINING
Presented by Health Training Seminars – A division of Biofeedback Resources International

Dates: July 11-12, 2008

Location: Hawthorne, NY (40 minutes north of New York City)

Instructors: Mary Jo Sabo, Ph.D of Biofeedback Consultants Inc. & Harry L. Campbell of Biofeedback Resources International

Tuition: $395

This 2-Day seminar is designed for the person who:

  • Has already attended a basic neurofeedback seminar.
  • Has purchased your neurofeedback equipment.
  • Has started to work with at least practice clients but you still need help putting it all together.

This program will:

  • Reinforce basic neurofeedback education.
  • Review basic equipment operation and teach more advanced skills.
  • Review evaluation and treatment planning.
  • Answer protocol questions.

For details click here: http://www.biofeedbackinternational.com/seminars.htm

Contact Information:
Phone: 877-669-6463 / 914-762-4646
Fax: 914-762-2281
Email: Info@biofeedbackinternational.com
Web: www.biofeedbackinternational.co

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III. Biofeedback Certification Training in Chicago with Erik Peper, Ph.D
BIOFEEDBACK BCIA CERTIFICATION TRAINING
Instructor: Erik Peper, Ph.D Author of “Muscle Biofeedback at the Computer”

Dates: August 2-6
Location: Chicago, IL

Tuition: $1,095

This 5 day program meets all 48 didactic hours required by BCIA including 24 hours of training, demonstrations, etc. using cutting edge computerized biofeedback equipment plus 24 hours applications, protocols, adjunctive interventions and clinical and business strategies for smooth integration of biofeedback into your existing practice. Includes supervised hands-on instrument workshop sessions.

For details click here: http://www.biofeedbackinternational.com/fiveday2.htm

Contact Information:
Phone: 877-669-6463 / 914-762-4646
Fax: 914-762-2281
Email: Info@biofeedbackinternational.com
Web: www.biofeedbackinternational.com

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