• Summary of Posts: March 31st 2013

    The spotlight is on the heart this cycle in FirstAidMart, or more specifically, when the heart suffers an attack. Get ready to learn everything you never knew about sudden cardiac arrests. Be sure to pay close attention, the tips in these topics could help you save a life one day - even your own!

    • There are many pieces of medical equipment that you may be familiar with by name, but have no idea how they actually work. One of those could be the tool that medical professionals use to save the lives of heart attack victims. Learn all about how defibrillators operate from How Stuff Works.
    • Before the medics show up to the scene of a heart attack with the defibrillator, there are crucial minutes that can be the difference between life and death for the victim. During that time, CPR should be used to keep the person alive. Make sure you know all there is to know about this life-saving skill, from Discovery Fit & Heath.
    • A heart attack is a serious enough emergency when it strikes at a public place. But what happens when you suffer one alone, without others around to call 9-1-1 or perform CPR? Don’t let yourself be caught unawares; read eHow.com’s tips on how to deal with that very situation.
    • The best way to overcome any situation, whether it be a heart attack or a hurricane, is to be prepared. The CDC has all the information you need about the signs and symptoms of a heart attack to make sure you are.
    • Surviving a heart attack is only the first step to a full recovery. Make sure you take the proper steps to make a full recovery by reading WebMD’s article on what to do After a Heart Attack.
    • Since surviving the first heart attack is much more likely than living after later events, we wrapped up this cycle by focusing on how to lower your chances of experiencing another. Don’t think that getting through one means you’re out of the woods, as there are major lifestyle changes you need to make to ensure a full-recovery.
  • Life After an SCA

    A sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), better known as a heart attack, is a serious medical emergency that can strike without warning. Luckily, due to advances in modern medicine, most people are able to survive their first such event. However, surviving the initial attack does not alway guarantee a full recovery, or that there will not be future attacks. After the initial danger is avoided, there are many obstacles, lifestyle changes, and other steps that an individual must go through to ensure a full recovery and lower the risk of future attacks.

    One of the most universal lifestyle changes for people attempting to regain their health after their first heart attack has to do with their medication. Whether it is simply a change in the type and frequency of the medication they are taking, or the beginning of a new medication altogether, there are sure to be changes. Keeping the types, times, and amounts of all dosages is crucial for a recovering patient. Medication will not only treat symptoms such as lingering chest pain, but can also act to control some of the contributing factors to the attack (such as cholesterol and blood pressure).

    New medication is just one of the changes that will take place after an SCA. Others include dealing with negative emotional responses such as anxiety or depression.

  • How to Survive After a Heart Attack

    While heart attacks may be more common than we would like in our society today, it is comforting to know at least that most people survive their first sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). However, heart attacks are not a one-time thing, and even if you survive one, it does not mean you cannot be a victim again - not to mention the long-term damage even one event can have. Don’t worry, though, because there are steps you can take to ensure a full recovery, and decrease your risk of future attacks. WebMD has more on the subject.

    Source: http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/guide/what-to-do-after-a-heart-attack

  • Reading the Signs of an SCA

    It’s an unfortunate fact of life that heart attacks, or sudden cardiac arrests (SCA), are an all-too-common event in our society. Even though you may take every precaution to lower your risk of attack, the simple process of aging increases your likelihood of becoming a victim. Be sure to prepare yourself to recognize the signs of an SCA, by reading the Center for Disease Control’s official page on recognizing the “Signs and Symptoms” of a heart attack.

    Source: http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/signs_symptoms.htm

  • All By Yourself...

    With the advancements in modern medicine today, heart attacks are not necessarily fatal events. As long as help arrives in time, CPR and a defibrillator have a good chance of saving a victim’s life. In some cases, though, a heart attack can strike when you’re alone. If this happens, you won’t have the help of friends, family, or bystanders to call for help and perform CPR. Learn from eHow the steps you can take to survive a heart attack if you’re alone.

    Source: http://www.ehow.com/how_136303_survive-heart-attack.html

  • SCA: The First Line of Defense

    SCA, known also as sudden cardiac arrest, or a heart attack, is an all-too-common affliction. While medical professionals have advanced equipment, such as defibrillators, to treat victims of these events, they are often not on the scene until minutes after these events begin. If you are present at the scene of an SCA, there are ways that you can help the victim prior to the professionals arriving. Learn everything you need to know about cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from Discovery Fit & Health.

    Source: http://health.howstuffworks.com/medicine/first-aid/cpr5.htm

  • CPR Saves Lives

    Although it can seem unlikely when practicing on a dummy, there is a real chance that you might be called to put your CPR training to use in a real-world situation someday.

    CPR Learn CPR!

    That was the case for a group of workers in Kansas recently. When their co-worker was suddenly stricken by a heart attack, they acted quickly and applied the CPR training they learned in a first aid class. Read the full story at The Miami County Republic.

    Source: http://www.republic-online.com/news/local_news/article_0c0ff55a-1743-5bda-82a2-af1326f4b8f3.html

  • First Aid Skills: Child CPR

    Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, is a basic first aid skill that everyone should know. However, did you know that even if you’ve learned how to administer CPR on an adult, you be unprepared to help a child in an emergency? Learn what makes CPR for children different, and the proper way to administer it from this article by wikiHow.

    Source: http://www.wikihow.com/Do-CPR-on-a-Child

  • Things Every Parent Should Know

    Being a parent is an awesome responsibility. From watching what their children eat, to how much time they spend on their homework, a parent’s job is to create a happy and healthy environment for their kids. To do this effectively though, every parent should have a basic understanding of first aid for kids for emergency situations. The Northern Star has an article about a paramedic couple in Evans Head, Australia, who believe this so much, they have begun teaching a class on the subject.

    Source: http://www.northernstar.com.au/news/first-aid-for-kids-in-emergencies/1752243/

    In the USA, American CPR Training™ (www.AmericanCPR.com) trains thousands of bystanders in these vital skills  every year – Not just CPR, but First Aid and critical AED use, too – you should check out their information and get a quote for them to come train your group at your location…

    American CPR Training is ½ the Time, ½ the Price, and TWICE the Fun!™

    & while thinking about AEDs… check out the National AED Grant program @www.AedGrant.com!
    Our Goal: An AED wherever tragedy may strike.

  • First Aid Skills: Adult CPR

    Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or known by its more common name of CPR, is a fundamental first aid skill that every person should be able to perform. While the official best practices for CPR  change regularly, e.g. number of breaths to compressions, the CPR basics remain the same. Whether you’ve never heard of CPR before, or just need a refresher course, let this article from wikiHow show you how it’s done.

    Source: http://www.wikihow.com/Do-CPR-on-an-Adult

    Also learn about Hands Only CPR @ "Compression-Only-CPR"

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