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February is American Heart month. There are small changes that we can make that will significantly improve our heart health. Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the US. Show your heart some love and start today!

Check out the 7 Key Changes to a Healthy Heart:

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Not Sure where to start? It’s always a great idea to get a physical with your general practitioner. Know you numbers so you know where to start! The most important numbers to know for whole body health are blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and BMI (Body Mass Index). This is will give you a base line on what areas you need to focus on in order to improve your numbers.

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Every year after you should check in with your doctor so you can compare your current results. Many patients do not experience any symptoms with high blood pressure, blood sugar or cholesterol.  When this is caught early, it it easier to manage and could possibly keep you from having a heart attack. It’s never too late to start!

 

 

How to Save a Choking Baby

Why are babies vulnerable to choking?

Choking is a common cause of injury and death in young children, primarily because their small airways are easily obstructed. It takes time for babies to master the ability to chew and swallow food, and babies might not be able to cough forcefully enough to dislodge an airway obstruction. As babies explore their environments, they also commonly put objects into their mouths — which can lead to infant choking.

Sometimes health conditions increase the risk of choking as well. Children who have swallowing disorders, neuromuscular disorders, developmental delays and traumatic brain injury, for example, have a higher risk of choking than do other children.

What are the most common causes of infant choking?

Food is the most common cause of infant choking. However, small objects, parts from toys and certain types of behavior during eating — such as eating while distracted — also can cause infant choking.

What can I do to prevent infant choking?

To prevent infant choking:

  • Properly time the introduction of solid foods. Introducing your baby to solid foods before he or she has the motor skills to swallow them can lead to infant choking. Wait until your baby is at least 4 months old to introduce pureed solid foods.
  • Don’t offer high-risk foods. Don’t give babies or young children hot dogs, chunks of meat or cheese, grapes, raw vegetables, or fruit chunks, unless they’re cut up into small pieces. Don’t give babies or young children hard foods, such as seeds, nuts, popcorn and hard candy that can’t be changed to make them safe options. Other high-risk foods include peanut butter, marshmallows and chewing gum.
  • Supervise mealtime. As your child gets older, don’t allow him or her to play, walk or run while eating. Remind your child to chew and swallow his or her food before talking. Don’t allow your child to throw food in the air and catch it in his or her mouth or stuff large amounts of food in his or her mouth.
  • Carefully evaluate your child’s toys. Don’t allow your baby or toddler to play with latex balloons — which pose a hazard when uninflated and broken — small balls, marbles, toys that contain small parts or toys meant for older children. Look for age guidelines when buying toys and regularly examine toys to make sure they’re in good condition.
  • Keep hazardous objects out of reach. Common household items that might pose a choking hazard include coins, button batteries, dice and pen caps.

WHAT TO DO IF BABY CHOKES

Before you even get to this worst-case scenario, the smartest thing you can do is take a class on baby choking and infant CPR. “In the heat of the moment, it’s hard to know how to do it correctly,” Shook says. “Although 911 can walk you through it, if you’ve never done it, it’s very difficult.” Find a class near you and get certified! Nine Lives CPR offers many class options to fit your needs.

How to Relieve Choking on an Infant (1 year or less) :

 

For more information :

https://www.thebump.com/a/what-to-do-when-baby-is-choking?fbclid=IwAR0Se3qYfMD3Zfa4UANwB_BSE-z9fc54Kk3jaWfs84ANWCTatOQIWeSMyoo

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/infant-and-toddler-health/in-depth/infant-choking/art-20044661

 

 

Don’t Forget to Go Red on February 1st !!

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Someone you know and love may be affected – at any age. Heart disease and stroke claim the lives of 1 in 3 women – a third of our mothers, sisters and friends. It’s time to change this fact.

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Nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented through education and lifestyle changes, cardiovascular diseases continue to be a woman’s greatest health threat. To treat, beat and prevent heart disease and stroke, women should understand family health history, know their five key personal health numbers to help determine risk and make healthy behavior changes like moving more, eating smart and managing blood pressure.

That’s why the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement, nationally sponsored by CVS Health, and encourages you to show your support by wearing red and giving on Friday, February 1 to help raise awareness and save lives from heart disease.

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Here’s how you can join us in support of women’s health:

• Wear red to raise awareness about heart disease – the leading cause of death in women. You can get the iconic Red Dress Pin at ShopHeart.org.

• Make a donation to support the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association at WearRedDay.org or at your local CVS Pharmacy, February 3- 23.

• Take action for your heart health. To help women better understand their risk for heart disease, CVS Health is offering no cost heart health screenings every Thursday in February, including Valentine’s Day, at CVS Minute Clinics nationwide.

• Join the conversation by using #WearRedDay, #WearRedAndGive, #WearRedDaySC or your local Go Red hashtag on social media.

Get involved and make a difference.  The battle won’t be won unless more women just like you are willing to join together to defeat the No. 1 killer of women. Go Red For Women has all kinds of ways to get involved and use your talents. By doing nothing, you give heart disease a huge advantage.

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Visit for more information on how you can get involved :

https://www.goredforwomen.org/en/get-involved

https://kiow.com/2019/01/31/national-wear-go-red-for-women-day-is-friday/

https://www.goredforwomen.org/en/get-involved

 

 

World Heart Day!

♥️🌎 World Heart Day is celebrated every year on 9/29. This year we’re asking people around the world to make a promise … for my heart, for your heart, for all our hearts! ♥️ 🌎

A promise as an individual to cook and eat more healthily, to do more exercise and encourage your children to be more active, to say no to smoking and help your loved ones to stop. A promise as a healthcare professional to save more lives. A promise as a politician to implement an NCD action plan.

A simple promise… for MY HEART, for YOUR HEART, for ALL OUR HEARTS.

Cardiovascular disease is the world’s number one killer today. But it doesn’t need to be this way. By making just a few small changes to our lives, we can reduce our risk of heart disease and stroke, as well as improving our quality of life and setting a good example for the next generation. It’s about saying to yourself, the people you care about and individuals all around the world, “what can I do right now to look after MY HEART… and YOUR HEART?”

In May 2012, world leaders committed to reducing global mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25% by 2025. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is accountable for nearly half of all NCD deaths making it the world’s number one killer. World Heart Day is, therefore, the perfect platform for the CVD community to unite in the fight against CVD and reduce the global disease burden.

World Heart Day is a global campaign during which individuals, families, communities and governments around the world participate in activities to take charge of their heart health and that of others. Through this campaign, the World Heart Federation unites people from all countries and backgrounds in the fight against the CVD burden, and inspires and drives international action to encourage heart-healthy living across the world.

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Man sees big results by following the federal diet and exercise guidelines for a year

This is a great story by Daniel Green on how he committed to following all of the federal diet and exercise guidelines for one year and saw measurable results in multiple areas of his life. I love the comprehensive approach that he took and how he was able to incorporate everything into his daily routine so that diet and exercise didn’t become a chore.

Most importantly, I’ve finally learned how to live a truly healthy life in a way that suits the rest of my lifestyle. Physical activity and better nutrition are no longer vague notions that I have to figure out how to make time for, but instead are normal parts of my daily routine.

Read the full story here

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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CEUs for Dental Professionals

Nine Lives CPR is now offering a combination course that includes both CPR and Infection Control for 5 CEUs.

This course is designed to satisfy requirements for license renewal by the SC Board of Dentistry. The course is offered ONSITE and can be customized to fit your needs. We will also be offering it at our partner locations throughout South Carolina. Stay tuned for date announcements.

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As PACE providers, we look forward to bringing the convenience of continuing education to dental offices! Please visit our Dental Professionals page for more details.

Learn CPR on your Layover

Got Spare Time Between Flights?

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Three airports around the U.S. have joined an American Heart Association (AHA) initiative to provide hands-only CPR training kiosks for passengers waiting for flights.

The Cleveland Hopkins International, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International and Orlando International airports are now equipped with the kiosks, bringing the total number of airports with one in the U.S. up to seven. The initiative is funded by Indianapolis-based insurance company Anthem, according to a statement.

Training only takes about five minutes and could help reduce the number of lives taken by cardiac arrest. Each year, more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside a hospital with about 20 percent happening in public spaces, according to the AHA.

Each kiosk includes a touch screen with a short video that gives directions on how to perform CPR. It offers a practice sessions and a 30-second test on a practice manikin while giving the user feedback on their technique.

“Our nation’s airports have proven to be a great way to extend our educational campaign to train people on the lifesaving skill of hands-only CPR and, help meet the Association’s goal to double bystander response by 2020,” said Craig Samitt, MD, chief clinical officer at Anthem. “By expanding the availability of the training kiosks, we’re hopeful that more people will feel confident to administer hands-only CPR on a stranger or someone they love.”

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Nine Lives CPR is an Approved ASHI Training Center based out of Charleston, SC. We strive to offer fun interactive courses that follow all AHA current guidelines. Nine Lives CPR is an approved Continuing Education Provider though the Academy of General Dentistry. There are many course options available to fit your needs. Nine Lives CPR can even bring our courses to your location (5 Students Minimum). We serve onsite areas all over SC and  provide online options! Schedule any of our onsite combination courses and lunch will be included!!

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Hands Only CPR

If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, call 9-1-1 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic disco song “Stayin’ Alive.” CPR can more than double a person’s chances of survival, and “Stayin’ Alive” has the right beat for HandsOnly CPR.