American Heart Association Recommends Hands-Only CPR
Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an “out-of-hospital” setting (such as at home, at work or in a park). It consists of two easy steps:
1. Call 9-1-1 (or send someone to do that). 2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest.
When you call 911, you need to stay on the phone until the 911 dispatcher (operator) tells you to hang up. The dispatcher will ask you about the emergency. They will also ask for details like your location. It is important to be specific, especially if you’re calling from a mobile phone as that is not associated with a fixed location or address. Remember that answering the dispatcher’s questions will not delay the arrival of help.
Watch this video to learn how to do hands-only CPR!
Electronic cigarettes, commonly
known as e-cigs or vapes are a new and developing technology, yet little is
known about the medical risk they pose to users. A
new study offers insight into the effects of e-cigs. The flavoring
used in nicotine juices may pose a risk to blood vessels and the cells within
Although e-cigarettes were
originally marketed as a cleaner alternative to smoking or a tool to help smokers
have also gained popularity among young people. According to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there was an increase in middle and high school students
using e-cigarettes from 2011 to 2016.” Ultimately, the study concluded that, “Our work
and prior research have provided evidence that flavorings induce toxicity in
the lung and cardiovascular systems. Flavorings are also a driver of youth
tobacco use and sustained tobacco use among smokers." Due to the cardiovascular damage that e-cigs
cause, it is recommended that medical professio…
Taking a low-dose aspirin every day to prevent a heart attack or stroke is no longer recommended for most older adults, according to guidelines released Sunday.
After doctors said for decades that a daily 75 to 100 milligrams of aspirin could prevent cardiovascular problems, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association reversed that idea.
A large clinical trial found a daily low-dose aspirin had no effect on prolonging life in healthy, elderly people and actually suggested the pills could be linked to major hemorrhages. Sunday's recommendations say low-dose aspirin should not be given to prevent atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease on a routine basis to adults older than 70 or any adult at an increased risk of bleeding.
“Clinicians should be very selective in prescribing aspirin for people without known cardiovascular disease,” cardiologist Roger Blumenthal said in a statement. "It’s much more important to optimize lifestyle habits and control bl…