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Share Your Story: John Jorgensen

by Christy D. on Friday, November 8, 2013

John Jorgensen Iowa

I am a paramedic from Sioux City, Iowa and have been involved in Emergency Medical Services for 25 years. I am currently a Training Officer for Siouxland Paramedics, Inc.

When I first began in EMS, I started out as a volunteer in a smaller community in North Central Iowa. Shortly after starting in EMS as a volunteer, I participated in an American Heart Association, BLS instructor course and began teaching CPR to the community and other healthcare professionals.  I have seen numerous changes in the way CPR is being taught and performed. Working as an EMS provider, I have seen what heart disease can do to one’s health by shortening their life span and quality of life.  Having a stroke is such a life changing event that I want to do everything I can to produce the best outcome for the survivor.

In the past few years, I have gone to a few city social groups to talk about heart disease and stroke. It is really a great feeling to go to the senior center (Center for the Active Generation) in Sioux City and visit with them about health related issues. They are very interactive and enjoy talking about these issues. Most of these talks have been about prevention, but also include what to do if an emergency occurs.

I work so much on the treatment side, but I believe the prevention side is as important. I am not a perfect example of health because I am overweight. A few years ago, I participated in a weight loss program through my employer and lost 60 pounds. I feel so much better, and my blood work shows I am much healthier as well. In June, I ran in my first 5K. My times weren’t that great but it was a great accomplishment for me. I hope to do that again next year.

I will continue to be an advocate for the American Heart Association because I believe in the cause. If a few lifestyle changes can make me feel better, it can help others as well.