Beats On Your Phone: Using Heart Rate Monitor Apps For Heart Health

Beats On Your Phone: Using Heart Rate Monitor Apps For Heart Health

Using a heart rate monitor app is a fantastic way to keep track of your heart rate when exercising or at rest. When used correctly, these apps can help you maximize your workouts and be more efficient in cardio training. Whether you are doing cardio to build up your stamina or pacing yourself so that you can take a long hike in the woods, a heart rate monitor is a good friend to have by your side. You can decide to use a stand-alone monitor or one that works along with a fitness tracker. You’ll have your choice between apps that use...

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How to Be Prepared for Natural Disasters

How to Be Prepared for Natural Disasters

Hurricane Irma has been blowing through the west coast of Florida this week, with devastating effects across the coast. While Canada does not see as many hurricanes, it many parts of the country are not immune to natural disasters, and residents should have a plan in place for any disastrous event. Planning Is Essential During an emergency, panic can ensue very quickly – but if you have a plan in place then you will be able to react properly even in their states of panic. Families should work together to make a home evacuation plan, and...

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The 3 Specific Aims of First Aid

The 3 Specific Aims of First Aid

First aid is the first measure of treatment provided to someone that is suffering from an illness or an injury. It can be administered either by a civilian or by trained personnel, and should be applied immediately until advanced care can be provided by a medical team. However, when in a medical emergency, make sure to keep these 3 aims of first aid in mind: Preserve Life In many cases it’s not only the victim’s life that needs to be saved, but you may be in danger as well. You can learn how to provide aid to another without...

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Stay Safe with These Water Safety Tips

Stay Safe with These Water Safety Tips

It’s natural to want to spend some time in the water cooling off during the hot days of summer. Not only does the water offer excitement and relaxation but it also helps to ward off heatstroke and heat exhaustion. There are some tips that you should keep in mind, however, when it comes to time spent in the water so that you can enjoy it thoroughly while staying safe. Water Currents A water current can be extremely powerful and has the potential to quite literally sweep you away while you are swimming. Check the flow of water before...

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CPR and Its History

CPR and Its History

CPR was first introduced back in the 1960s as a way of restoring oxygen and blood to the brain on a temporary basis. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation comes from the words “cardio”, which means heart, and “pulmonary”, which refers to the lungs. This life-saving method keeps the blood flowing and oxygenating through a combination of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and chest compressions. Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation dates back to the 18th century, while chest compressions were first introduced in the 1950s. Defibrillation testing took place at...

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Why Your Office and Home Both Need a First Aid Kit

Why Your Office and Home Both Need a First Aid Kit

You can never predict when an injury or accident will take place – it could happen either in the workplace or at home, so it’s vital to keep a first aid kit handy in both places. This type of kit gives you the ability to react quickly to sudden emergencies and can help prevent the onset of serious complications. At Your Fingertips When you have a kit at your fingertips you can handle a medical emergency on the spot. Cuts, burns and other injuries depend on quick speed to facilitate optimum healing. Customizable Kits You can build...

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Standing Up Is Good For Your Heart

Standing Up Is Good For Your Heart

Standing up is great for your heart – it can help reduce cholesterol levels, weight and blood sugar, which in turn lowers the risk of heart disease. According to a study that was published in the European Heart Journal, extending your time sitting down can also increase the risk factor of developing heart disease. In this Australian study, 700 adults were monitored to learn how much time was spent walking slowly, walking at various paces, standing, and sitting. The results showed that blood sugar and cholesterol levels, as well as...

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Are Broken Ribs Common When Performing CPR?

Are Broken Ribs Common When Performing CPR?

It is not uncommon for ribs to break when CPR is being performed. While it doesn’t happen in all situations, it is a normal occurrence that you should be prepared for when providing CPR to another person. If you find yourself hesitant to perform CPR in case you do break a rib, be prepared for other options. If you do happen to break a rib, you may quite possibly at the same time save a life. Athletic people generally have more strength in their upper bodies and may end up breaking a person’s rib. There are repeated compressions...

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What Does a Heart Stent Do (And Not Do)?

What Does a Heart Stent Do (And Not Do)?

You may have heard of a heart stent – many people that are walking around with one, and you probably know a few of them yourself. Many people with heart conditions that suffer from a blockage in a heart artery will be offered a stent, a small metal tube that helps to support narrow or weak arteries. The procedure, known as a percutaneous coronary intervention, is fairly simple – the stent inserted through a small hole placed in the groin area, and can typically show very quick results. Stents offer a very high success rate and can...

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CPR in Unsafe Environments

CPR in Unsafe Environments

The first thing that you need to do in any medical emergency is assess the environment you are in to make sure that it is safe. While it will be obviously safe in most circumstances, at other times you may need to take a step back and not administer CPR if you are dealing with an unsafe scene. Professional emergency personnel are required to provide emergency assistance, especially when they are on duty. Some of these workers include paramedics, nurses, doctors etc. For the average person, however, it’s necessary to take a look at the...

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