Technology vs. Heart Disease

HEART DISEASE IS THE MOST COMMON CAUSE OF DEATH WORLDWIDE

Technology to the rescue on the fight against heart disease! Many phones, for example, already have accelerometers that measure physical activity like steps taken, while the Apple Watch and Fitbits use sensors to measure heart rate. Heart irregularities can be dangerous without causing obvious symptoms, so smart devices that can diagnose them could be helpful as a prevention strategy.

IRREGULAR HEART RATE

The most common heartbeat irregularity is called atrial fibrillation, or afib. Afib happens when the two upper chambers of the heart don’t beat in sync with the two lower chambers, and can increase the risk of everything from heart attack to kidney disease to dementia. But it can be hard to detect. New technology has come out to more accurately diagnose Afib and it’s all in the wristband!

 

The KardiaBand by AliveCor is a sensor that is compatible with the Apple Watch and can detect abnormal heart rhythm and atrial fibrillation (AFib). The user touches the sensor, which then takes a reading of the electrical activity of the heart, called an electrocardiogram (EKG) and then sends the information to an app. The AliveCor KardiaBand has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

In the past the Fitbits sensor was not as accurate in detecting abnormalities in the heart rate. In October of 2017, Fitbit presented data on an algorithm was developed to detect a atrial fibrillation, using a technology already built into its wristband trackers: photoplethysmography, or PPG. Fitness trackers have long used PPG devices to monitor pulse rates. The tiny sensors, which consist of infrared light-emitting diodes (LEDs) coupled with a sensitive light detector, measure infinitesimal gradations in light in human tissue, due to changing blood volume. This is used as an indicator to detect an irregular heartbeat or Afib.AFib such a good test case for the digital health revolution. It can often be treated cheaply and effectively with oral anticoagulants once it is detected. Discovering someone who has an undiagnosed arrhythmia could save a life! These wearables are well worth the investment! Not to mention they help keep you motivated to move more!

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First Aid Kits

How to Choose the Right Kit

We all know that a basic first aid kit can often help a person in need and possibly save a life. However, buying a good first aid kit can be confusing for many people. You can find one in your local grocery store or pharmacy but there’s often only one or two to choose from. There’s an endless supply of first aid kits online but it’s often overwhelming to find the one that has everything you need at the best value. Like many things these days, there is no perfect one size fits all first aid kit. While a basic kit would be a great addition to many homes, some medical offices and businesses may need additional items to keep their employees and customers safe. Let’s take a look at some of the common features in most first aid kits and some items found in the Advanced First Aid Kit.

Basic Kit

All first aid kits should include the following items listed below. While items can be purchased separately, there are a wide variety of kits available that include all of these items in a convenient case. This type of kit is a good option for the home or car.

  • Bandages and gauze dressings to cover wound or support injuries
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Scissors to cut dressings, clothing, rope, seat belts and more
  • Needle-nose tweezers to pull out splinters, ticks, thorns and snake fangs
  • Gloves to protect yourself from blood and other nasty fluids
  • A tourniquet to control blood flow to an injured limb

For a basic kit, I would recommend the 100 Piece First Aid Kit by Preparify.


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Advanced Kit

Advanced First Aid Kits have a wide variety of supplies that will prepare you for many emergencies. Nine Lives CPR highly recommends the Be Smart First Aid kit . This kit has 326 pieces that cover up to 100 people. This Kit can be Mounted to the Wall in a Central Location at the Office. Recommenced use for office, home, car, school, emergency, survival, sports, hunting & camping. Here are some features to look for in an advanced kit:

  • 21 antiseptic towelettes, 36 alcohol prep pads, 6 sting relief pads, 6 antibiotic ointment packets, 6 burn cream ointments, 10 antacid tablets, 10 aspirin tablets, 10 non-aspirin tablets, 1 instant cold compress 6″ x 9″, 1 English First Aid guide, 1 Spanish First Aid guide, 20 adhesive bandages, 1″ x 3″ 50 adhesive bandages 3/8″ x 1-1/2″, 60 adhesive bandages 3″ x 3/4″, 10 butterfly closures bandages, 18 wound closure strips, 1/4″ x 1-1/2″ 2 gauze rolls, 2″ x 4.1 yards, 2 eye pads, 8 sterile gauze pads 2″ x 2″, 4 sterile gauze pads 4″ x 4″, 1 sterile trauma pad 5″ x 9″, 30 cotton tip applicators, 1 adhesive tape roll 1″ x 5 yards, 5 finger splints, 1 triangular bandage 40″ x 40″ x 56″, 1 tweezers, 1 metal scissor, 4 nitrile examination gloves.

For an advanced kit, I would recommend the :  First Aid Kit Hard Red Case 326 Pieces Exceeds OSHA and ANSI Guidelines for 100 People – Office, Home, Car, School, Emergency, Survival, Camping, Hunting, & Sports

Check out the Video to find out why it is the Best Rated!

Let us know in the comments if there are any other features that you look for in a first aid kit or any good deals available.

 

National Wear Red Day 2018

Why Go Red? Cardiovascular disease in the U.S. kill approximately one woman every 80 seconds. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Support Go Red For Women by participating in National Wear Red Day® on Friday, February 2, 2018 and donate to help fund research during American Heart Month.

Go Red For Women is a movement that starts with you. Lead by example and make the time to “Know Your Numbers.” It’s knowledge that could save your life.  Five numbers, that all women should know to take control of their heart health are: Total Cholesterol, HDL (good) Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI). Knowing these numbers can help women and their healthcare provider determine their risk for developing cardiovascular diseases. It’s time for all women to learn the most critical numbers in their life — their hearts depend on it.

 

For more information AHA

 

What is the Teal Pumpkin Project?

Food Allergy and Research Education’s (FARE) Teal Pumpkin Project is a worldwide movement to create a safer, happier Halloween for all kids. Putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep means you have non-food treats available, such as glow sticks or small toys. This simple act promotes inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions.


How to Take Part

-Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters

-Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to indicate to passersby that you have non-food treats available

-Display a free printable sign or premium poster from FARE to explain the meaning of your teal pumpkin

For more info : Teal Pumpkin Project

BLS Step 1 – Check for Responsiveness..

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There’s an App for That

When you have a serious health condition, it’s key to have your medication with you along with an easy way to alert your loved ones if you’re having a medical emergency. Health company Aterica developed a smart EpiPen case called the Veta that not only reminds you to take your medication with you every day, but also alerts your loved ones when it has been removed and used during an emergency. The idea is to give both those who are at risk for anaphylaxis, including many with food allergies, as well as their family and friends greater peace of mind and an easy way to keep track of their EpiPens.

Retrieved From: EPI PEN

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Why Learn CPR?
Cardiac arrest – an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs – is a leading cause of death. Each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States.When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby. Almost 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.
Be the Difference for Someone You Love

If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend. 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes. Unfortunately, only about 46% of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest get the immediate help that they need before professional help arrives.

Retrieved by: CPR Facts

Nutrition Labels

Exited about the upcoming changes to nutrition labels:

On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the White House announced final changes to nutrition labels, which will be required on packaged foods within the next two years. The long-awaited changes included a specific call-out for added sugars—sweeteners added to foods, as opposed to those that occur naturally, as in a piece of fruit—a larger font for the total number of calories, and serving sizes that are more in line with the amount of food a person is likely to consume. For instance, a 20 oz soda will now count as one serving, since that is how it is most likely to be consumed.

Check out this article on time.com for a great overview or head over to the FDA’s official page for some serious details.