The Doctors reveal what you need to know in order to save yourself or someone you love in the event of an emergency.
“If you come upon an emergency situation [and] you’re not sure what to do, get help on the way, call 911,” E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says.
“One of the best ways you can be prepared for an emergency is to learn CPR,” Dr. Travis says. “Take a class, familiarize yourself with how to do CPR [and] how to use a defibrillator. It truly can potentially save a life.”
• Learn about the Etón FRX3, a hi-tech emergency radio.
Emergency Action Plan: Bleeding
Emergency Action Plan: Seizures
“Most seizures will take two or three minutes, and most of the time they’ll resolve on their own,” Dr. Travis explains. Learn how to react when someone suffers a seizure.
The Science of Superhuman Strength
“He wasn’t breathing. His heart had stopped,” 22-year-old Lauren Kornacki from Glen Allen, Virginia explained to the Richmond Times Dispatch. Her father, Alec, had been working on his car in the garage when it suddenly lurched off its jack while he was underneath. Lauren discovered him pinned under the vehicle and was miraculously able to lift the car off his trapped body, drag him out and resuscitate him with CPR.
Lauren and Alec join the show via Polycom to recount the fateful event and Lauren’s remarkable surge of strength to save her father’s life. “It was absolutely terrifying,” Lauren says. “I honestly can’t even remember what I was thinking. I just knew at the time that I had to get him out.”
Dr. Travis explains how the body’s fight or flight response can trigger remarkable physical power.
• Learn more about the American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR training.
Heart Attacks: Prevent the Event
"Heart disease, ironically, is the number one killer in America, and it’s still largely preventable,” explains cardiologist Dr. John. M. Kennedy. As the Director of Cardiology and Wellness at Marina Del Rey Hospital in California, Dr. Kennedy specializes in how stress adversely affects the cardiovascular system. “If we can identify people [who are] at risk early, we can prevent heart attacks from occurring,” he says.
Nancy, 38, has a history of heart disease and high cholesterol in her family. She visits Dr. Kennedy, who performs two cardiac tests to determine her risk. “If you identify [the risk factors] early, you can make a huge impact and a preemptive strike on preventing [a heart attack] from ever happening in the future,” Dr. Kennedy says.
• See how a Cardiac CT scan can help assess heart disease risk factors.
• Phone app to predict heart attacks?
Surviving Open-Heart Surgery
Actor, director and author of I’m Not Dead… Yet!, Robby Benson, joins The Doctors to discuss his first-hand experiences as a survivor of four open-heart surgeries.
“I knew that I had a [heart] problem when I was young,” Robby says. “I was born with a bicuspid aortic valve that has two flaps instead of three.”
Watch as Robby explains why four open-heart surgeries over the course of his life were necessary to keep him alive.
Fatal Food Allergies
Approximately 15 million Americans are affected by deadly food allergies. Kylie, 12, suffers from a severe allergy to peanuts – one so extreme that she’s even airborne reactive. “If I eat a peanut, I suffocate,” she says. Kylie also has varying levels of allergic reactions to peas, certain bean varietals and shellfish.
• Learn more about The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN)
“Some of the worst [medical emergencies] can be self-inflicted. I’m talking about drug addiction” Dr. Travis says. Nicole first appeared on The Doctors in 2011, while battling an addiction to heroin. Mother and son interventionists of Vital Intervention Professionals (VIP) Recovery, Debbie and Brandon Knauss, convinced Nicole to check into a rehab center.
The premiere of Cracking Addiction, airing tonight at 9|8c. on TLC, is produced by The Doctors’ executive producers, Jay McGraw, Dr. Phil McGraw and Carla Pennington.