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Choking Safety with toys and Infants

When you are a new parent, the safety of your child is paramount.  This can make some challenges when looking for the best toys to give your infant for Christmas.  We always fear that our kids will take the wrong toy and end up putting a part of the toy in their mouths too far that they choke on it.  We …

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States Require CPR training In Schools have Greater Survival Rates

CPR Education taught in High School could lead to higher bystander CPR and cardiac arrest survival rates. This is my final research to be presented in the American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium 2018. They will be displaying the final data about how quick response to a Cardiac arrest will increase survivability.   Research Analysis Researchers analyzed data from more than …

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October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness

The Month of October, most of us think of tricks and treats.  The most fun part of this time of year is to see who you can scare.  Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a condition that will scare anyone at any time of the year.  The Month of October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness month, also known as SCA. What is …

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Can an Aspirin a day Keep the Doctor Away?

They Say an Aspirin a day can keep you, doctor, away.  Ok, we all know that rhyme and I think it was suppose to be for your dentist with Apples.  So does low dose aspirin a day help keep you from having a heart attack or stroke?   According to the American Heart Association, they advise taking aspirin with caution.   How …

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New AHA Standard

The American Heart Association (AHA) has announced that by 2019 all CPR training will require the student to perform CPR with a feedback device.  What does this mean you may ask?  This means when you take a CPR class, and when you have to perform compressions on the manikin, the manikin will have a device built in it to let you …

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How to Operate an AED without Shocking Self

The Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) is a life-saving device that can help reverse sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).  You may see these AEDs hanging on the wall at the airport, museums, and in a designated building where schools and a large number of people do business. An AED should be used when you find a person who is not responding and …

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What Is New In Acute Stroke Treatment?

2018 began with a landmark study led by Gregory Albers, MD, Stanford School of Medicine showing that acute strokes can be treated hours longer after symptoms appear than previously thought. The DEFUSE 3 trial (Diffusion and Perfusion Imaging Evaluation for Understanding Stroke Evaluation) published in The New England Journal of Medicine shows strokes can be treated up to 16 hours …

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Imagine AED Drones to save the Day

One the biggest questions I get asked when Teaching CPR and First Aid is that when we call for help, where can we find an Automated External Defibrillator AED?  Some locations have AED visible, but there are other places like a park which may not have an AED readily available.  A futuristic idea would have an AED sent right to …

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A Dangerous Cardiac Condition

Many different cardiac events can endanger your life. One of these cardiac events is Cardiac Tamponade. Cardiac Tamponade is a condition that you might encounter through an external force. This is a medical emergency and is fatal if not treated correctly. Cardiac Tamponade is pressure on the heart that occurs when blood or fluid builds up in the space between …

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This is National EMS Week

Last week was National Police week and this week is National EMS week from May 21-27. This year theme perfectly captures the essence of Emergency Medical Service Work “Always in Service”. EMT’s has a challenging position in being the 4 chain link in the CPR chain of survival. They are the secondary responders in any medical emergency. The 2017 Strong …

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The Beating Heart Center Corner

The Beating Heart Center has been quiet for the past few weeks with it’s blogging.  The reality is that we have been working hard to improve our service and accessibility to our communities, companies, and agencies.  We would like to show you some of the significant milestones that we have been able to do and present our new services to …

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How to Respond to Emergency Situations

When an actual emergency happens during your daily routine, it disrupts your normal train of thought.  The first thing that comes to mind is that this is not real and who ever is involved is just joking.  The next thing that comes to mind is the alert thought that says this is for real and what do we do? At …