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The Most Important Organ in the Body – The Heart

To me, the most important organ in our body is the heart.  Without it pumping blood to our brain, our brain stops.  So how does the heart work?  The heart is about the size of your fist and it pumps oxygen-rich blood throughout our bodies.  This amazing organ pumps 100,000 times per day, pumping 5 to 6 quarts of blood per minute or about 2,000 gallons per day.

In our next blog, we will follow a drop of blood through the heart.

Class Schedule for the Week of 8/20/17

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8/23/2017 @ 4:00 pm

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8/25/2017 @ 10:00 am

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8/25/2017 @ 10:00 am

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Health Benefits of Cranberries

Cranberries – a small, red, acid berry used in cooking
Half a cup cranberries contain only 25 calories.
 
Health Benefits:
  • cranberries are high in nutrient and antioxidants and are often referred to as a superfood
  • eating cranberries lowers your risk for urinary track infections
  • eating cranberries prevents certain types of cancer
  • they also improve immune function
  • cranberries also lowers blood pressure
  • eating cranberries prevents certain types of cancer
  • they may also reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
  • cranberries help prevent bacteria from binding to your teeth
You may want to check with your doctor if you are on a blood thinner.  There may be some evidence that cranberries may enhance the drug’s effect on your body.
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BLS Fact of the Week

Rescuers arriving on the scene of an emergency should verify that the environment in which they are approaching a patient is safe for the provider.  This is accomplished by a quick scan of the patients location and surroundings to make sure there are no imminent physical threats such as toxic or electrical hazards.

ACLS Fact of the Week

During low blood flow states such as CPR, oxygen delivery to the heart and brain is limited by blood flow rather than by arterial oxygen content.  Therefore, rescue breaths are less important than chest compressions during the first few minutes of resuscitation from witness VF cardiac arrest and could reduce CPR efficacy due to interruption in chest compressions and the increase in intrathoracic pressure that accompanies positive-pressure ventilation.

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8/16/2017 @ 4:00 pm

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8/17/2017 @ 10:00 am

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8/18/2017 @ 10:00 am

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8/18/2017 @ 1:30 pm

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Class Schedule for the Week of 8/13/17

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8/16/2017 @ 4:00 pm

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8/17/2017 @ 10:00 am

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8/18/2017 @ 10:00 am

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Brown Rice vs. White Rice

Brown rice – unpolished rice with only the husk of the grain removed
 
White rice – is milled rice that has had its husk, bran and germ removed 
 
So which is better for you?  Brown rice or white rice. Here we will focus on heart disease, blood sugar and diabetes and weight control.
 
Heart Disease
  • brown rice helps protect against heart disease since it contains plant compounds called lignans
Blood Sugar and Diabetes
  • brown rice contains fiber and is high in magnesium which helps control blood sugar levels
Weight Control
  • Eating brown rice may also help reduce weight, body mass index and the circumference of the waist and hips
Brown rice is higher in fiber vitamins and minerals making it a better choice than white rice but both can be a part of a healthy diet.  There is nothing wrong with a little white rice every now and again.
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BLS Fact of the Week

Drowning victims – Rescuers should remove drowning victims from the water by the fastest means available and should begin resuscitation as quickly as possible.  Spinal chord injury is rare among fatal drowning victims.  Victims with obvious clinical signs of injury, alcohol intoxication, a history of diving into shallow water are at a higher risk of spinal chord injury and health care providers may consider stabilization and possible immobilization of the cervical and thoracic spine for these victims.

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Pulseless Electrical Activity – refers to cardiac arrest in which the ECG shows a heart rhythm that should produce a pulse but does not. PEA is found initially in 55% of people in cardiac arrest.
Under normal circumstances, electrical activation of muscle cells precedes mechanical contraction of the heart.  In PEA, there is electrical activity but the heart doe not contract or there are other reasons this results in an insufficient cardiac output to generate a pulse and supply blood to the organs.

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8/9/2017 @ 4:00 pm

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8/9/2017 @ 4:00 pm

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8/10/2017 @ 10:00 am

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Class Schedule for the Week of 7/30/17

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8/2/2017 @ 5:30 pm

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8/3/2017 @ 10:00 am

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8/4/2017 @ 10:00 am

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8/4/2017 @ 1:30 pm

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Sleep Apnea Complications

Sleep apnea – is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep.
 
First we are going to talk about symptoms of sleep apnea:
  • loud snoring
  • episodes of breathing cessation during sleep
  • abrupt awakenings with shortness of breath
  • waking up with a dry mouth or a sore throat
  • morning headache
  • insomnia
  • daytime drowsiness
  • attention problems
  • irritability
 

Sleep Apnea Complications

  • daytime fatigue – people with sleep apnea do not sleep well which makes them fatigued — you may find yourself having difficulty concentrating and falling asleep
  • high blood pressure or heart disease – when you have sleep apnea, your blood oxygen can drop suddenly and increase your blood pressure — when you have obstructive sleep apnea may increase your risk for recurrent heart attacks, atrial fibrillation and strokes
  • type 2 diabetes – sleep apnea can increase the risks of developing insulin resistant and type 2 diabetes
  • metabolic syndrome – these include high blood pressure, high blood sugar, increased waist circumference and abnormal cholesterol
  • complications with surgeries and medications – obstructive sleep apnea  is a risk for certain medications and general anesthesia — you are more likely to experience complications after major surgery since your are sedated and lying on your back with a breathing problem
  • liver problems – when you have sleep apnea, you are at risk for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease which means abnormal results for liver function tests and your liver can show scarring
  • sleep deprived partners – loud snoring can interrupt the sleep of your partner — it is not uncommon for your partner to sleep in another room to get a good night sleep
Lifestyle changes that you can make yourself:

  • lose weight
  • exercise
  • avoid alcohol, tranquilizers and sleeping pills
  • sleep on your back rather than your back or stomach
  • keep your nasal passages open at night
  • stop smoking

Always check with your doctor before making any lifestyle changes.

 

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BLS Fact of the Week

Excessive ventilation during CPR can increase intrathoracic pressure and decrease coronary perfusion pressure.

ACLS Fact of the Week

Bag-mask ventilation for an adult should deliver 600 mL of tidal volume sufficient to produce visible chest rise over 1 second.  This volumes also reduces gastric inflation.

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7/26/2017 @ 4:00 pm

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7/28/2017 @ 10:00 am

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7/28/2017 @ 1:30 pm

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7/29/2017 @ 9:00 am

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7/29/2017 @ 11:00 am

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Class Schedule for the Week of 7/23/17

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7/26/2017 @ 4:00 pm

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7/29/2017 @ 9:00 am

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7/29/2017 @ 11:00 am

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Health Benefits of Tuna

Tuna – a large and active predatory schooling of fish of the mackerel family
 

Health Benefits of Tuna

  • heart health – tuna has a large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids reducing cholesterol
  • lowers blood pressure – tuna contains a large amount potassium which lowers blood pressure
  • improves immune system – tuna contains antioxidants which boosts the immune system
  • boosts circulation – tuna contains vitamin B and iron which increases the strength blood cells – iron also boosts blood circulation which improves the oxidation of the body organs, ensuring optimal functioning
  • reduces depression – eating tuna 3 to 4 times per weeks is more effective than Prozac against depression
  • strengthens your bones – contains vitamin B which has been shown to reduce cancer and another benefit of vitamin B is strong and healthy bones
  • improves skin health – tuna contains trace elements which prevents damage to blood cells to intoxication and health state of the body
  • prevents strokes – eating 5 servings per week can lower the risk of strokes
  • fights kidney disease – tuna contains potassium which helps balance the fluid balance and regular functioning of the kidneys
  • prevents cancer – the antioxidants in the tuna fights cancer such as breast cancer
Always check with your doctor before making any lifestyle changes.
 
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BLS Fact of the Week

Chest compressions:
  • make sure chest compressions are between 100 to 120 beats per minute
  • make sure chest compressions are at proper depth
  • make sure that the chest fully recoils
  • minimize interruptions in chest compressions to less than 10 seconds

 

ACLS Fact of the Week

Targeted Temperature Management – the guidelines recommended for TTM is 32 to 34 degrees for 12 to 24 hours.

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7/19/2017 @ 4:00 pm

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7/21/2017 @ 10:00 am

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7/22/2017 @ 9:00 am

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7/22/2017 @ 9:00 am

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7/22/2017 @ 11:00 am

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These 13 Foods Will Make You Happy

Happy – feeling or showing pleasure or contentment

 

These 13 Foods Will Make You Happy

  • spinach – spinach contains folic acid which can boost your mood and alleviates depression and reduces fatigue
  • salmon – is full of omega-3’s which can fight off mood swings – omega-3’s also fights depression
  • avacodo – avacodo contains serotonin which is a neurotransmitter – it is the number one food to eat to feel happier
  • green tea – contains theanine which is a calming agent
  • strawberries – strawberries contain anthocyanins which reduces stress – also serves as a strong line of defense against brain degeneration while boosting the happy chemicals your brain produces
  • pineapple – contains vitamin B Thiamin which boosts energy
  • chocolate – chocolate triggers serotonin release for a feel-good effect
  • tomato – contains lycopene which reduces irritation
  • almonds – almonds contain tyrosine which stimulates good feelings
  • asparagus – this also contains serotonin which boosts your mood – also contains folate which could lift your spirits and fight depression
  • cantaloupe – contains carotene which will deliver long-lasting good feelings
  • oranges – oranges contains high amounts of vitamin B-6 which triggers energy – also high in vitamin C which produces endorphins
  • corn – contains high amounts of vitamin B-1 which naturally improves your mood

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BLS Fact of the Week

It is important to allow complete chest recoil performing chest compressions.  Why?  Complete chest recoil creates a relative negative intrathoracic pressure that promotes venous blood return and cardiopulmonary blood flow.

ACLS Fact of the Week

Prehospital notification of the receiving hospital and/or prehospital activation of the catheterization laboratory should occur for all patients with a STEMI identified on prehospital ECG.

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7/13/2017 @ 10:00 am

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7/15/2017 @ 9:00 am

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7/15/2017 @ 11:00 am

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Negative Calorie Foods

Negative Calorie Foods – is food that requires more food energy to be digested than the food provides
 

Negative Calorie Foods

 
So you may have heard of these negative calorie foods but this is a myth.  The truth is all foods contain calories.  There are some foods that contain very few calories and we burn some calories while we chew.  But there is no way that these foods can put us into a negative calorie balance.  Here is a list of foods that are considered to be negative calorie foods:
  • apples 
  • asparagus
  • blueberries
  • broccoli
  • cabbage
  • cantaloupe
  • garlic
  • grapefruit
  • spinach
  • tomato
  • watermelon
  • zucchini
 
Remember that these are fruits and vegetables that are good for you to incorporate into your diet even though they are not negative calorie foods.  They are high in fiber and lots of nutrients.  They can also help you to lose weight.

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BLS Fact of the Week

Choking – if the person is able to cough, let them.  It means that they are passing air and hopefully they can remove the object on their own.  It is when they can’t speak, breath or start turning blue that you need to act and perform the abdominal thrusts.

ACLS Fact of the Week

3 types of strokes:
  • ischemic strokes – happens in 87% of strokes – occurs as a results of an obstruction within a blood vessel to the brain
  • hemorrhagic strokes – occurs when a blood vessels ruptures in the brain
  • TIA’s – caused by a temporary clot – often called a mini-stroke

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7/8/2017 @ 11:00 am

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