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Heart Health

Story time… On Thanksgiving I had some tightness in my chest. Like crushing pressure that was new and like nothing I had felt before. A little back story about me. I am a 40yr old, former smoker, with three young children, plus one. Their ages are 10yo, 6yo, 5yo and just turned 5yo. They are…

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Health Gives Us Hope

“He who has health has hope and he who has hope has everything.” Arabian proverbs Everyone in the world has a distinct perspective on what health is. Your general health is influenced by your upbringing, cultural background, religious convictions, and the behaviors you develop over time. When it comes down to it, though, there are…

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Common First Aid Myths, Part 2

#1  Any drink is good when you are dehydrated Dehydration can be serious and life-threatening if it gets to heat exhaustion or stroke.  Alcohol, pop or anything with caffeine dehydrates you further and should not be used when someone is dehydrated or even trying to stay hydrated during sports and other outdoor physical activity. #2 …

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Common First Aid Myths, Part 1

This is a follow-up from our Common Myths about CPR.  Check those out if you have not already.  We are in the age of misinformation and it is even worse than ever with the ability to share so much information so quickly.  Some of these treatments are life-threatening if not dealt with properly so be…

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Myths about CPR Part 2

This is a continuation from Myths about CPR Part 1 #6 All my family and friends are healthy or young and they won’t need CPR Choking is common and if you can’t get the object out, you will need to begin full CPR.  Accidents happen to healthy and young people too.  Accidents are the leading…

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Common Myths about CPR  Part 1

Misinformation seems to spread like wildfire, even more so with the World Wide Web.  I want to share some common myths that many people have heard and we discuss in class.  Don’t hesitate to bring up any questions.  Remember though that each instructor has their own work experience and personal opinion.  It is kind of…

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What are the age and ability requirements to take CPR?

It is wonderful that AHA has many leveled options for training!  I always say that there is never a minimum or maximum age for taking a CPR class.  If you don’t need a certification, you will not need to get 2 inches deep on an adult manikin to pass the class.  That works very nicely…

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What is the difference between cardiac arrest and a heart attack?

Many times the terms heart attack and cardiac arrest are used and there is a confusion between the two, or even that they might be the same thing.  They are actually very different.  However, you can have a heart attack that then turns into cardiac arrest.   The most noticeable difference in a person is the fact…

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Respiratory arrest vs Cardiac arrest

What is the difference between respiratory and cardiac arrest?  The Cardiac is the heart and respiratory is the lungs. Both can cause death.   Common respiratory arrest is from downing, choking or an asthma attack. Many times the patient has a pulse, however in the latest CPR guidelines, a pulse is not checked unless you are a…

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What does an AED do and how safe are they to use?

AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator.  Automated means it talks to you.  External is because the pads are placed outside of the body.  A defibrillator means it stops the heart when needed.  Many heart rhythms only need CPR and not to be defibrillated.  Abnormal rhythms like Atrial fib (A-fib), for example, do not need a…

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