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Reasons to Learn CPR

Posted by Debby Franklin on Nov 28, 2018 1:54:24 PM

iStock_24140155_womancollapseEmergencies cannot be predicted.  Would you know what to do if someone collapsed suddenly in front of you? The most common cause of death world wide is due to cardiovascular diseases. Being trained in CPR can be invaluable.  CPR techniques can help save someone who has suffered a heart attack and a number of other emergency situations. 

Four out of five cardiac arrests occur at home.   Brain death occurs four to six minutes after the heart stops breathing,  CPR effectively keeps blood flowing and provides oxygen to the brain and other vital organs ensuring a better chance for full recovery.  

CPR is not a method of restarting the heart, CPR is used to return the flow of blood and oxygen throughout the body to delay brain damage.  CPR consists of chest compressions at a rate of 120 beats per minute performed with the heel of the hand on the center of the chest 2 and a half inches deep into the chest. Repeat the action quickly, at least 120 times a minute.  Don't stop doing CPR until emergency services arrive at the scene! Current studies have shown that people may have a better chance of surviving with normal brain function when CPR is continued up to 38 minutes or longer.  

Less than 3% of the U.S. population receives CPR training, leaving many bystanders unprepared to respond to cardiac arrest.  We can't control everything that will happen to those around us but we can do everything possible to be ready to help in case an emergency occurs.  

If you are still working on resolutions for the new year, add CPR training to your list!  Easy Living Services is a nationally accredited training center currently offering American Heart Association's "Heartsaver" curriculum in a fun, relaxed environment.   AHA CPR/1st Aid and Basic Life support is the number one training course for Healthcare Providers.  Our classes are expertly tailored to meet the needs of diverse participants including individuals, business groups, day care works, and health and fitness instructors.  Contact us today to learn more about flexible and convenient training solutions for your or your organization. 

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Topics: senior safety, home safety, cpr, first aid, Heart Attack, Emergency, Cardiac Arrest

What Happens When You Need Open Heart Surgery?

Posted by Debby Franklin on Apr 25, 2013 3:11:00 PM

open heart surgery, heart attack, heart disease, cardiovascular disease, chronic diseaseYou have just been told by your doctor that you need open heart surgery, what happens now? It may have started with nausea, arm pain or a tingle in the jaw, or a crushing chest pain that landed you in the emergency room.  It's even possible that it could be an EKG reading at the doctors office that alerts you to your heart problem.

As the leading cause of death for Americans, heart disease can show up in many ways.  Not every person who has heart disease will require open heart surgery, however your cardiologist may recommend it for you.  

Open heart surgery is used to correct various heart conditions that might otherwise kill you. The procedures to correct defective heart valves are; repair aneurysms, bypass arteries, implant stents and in most critical cases replace the heart with a new on.  

The diagnosis of open heart surgery can be terrifying and you may experience depression, stress, anxiety and anger.  If you need open heart surgery here are some things to expect and prepare for:

  • Before surgery you will undergo a preoperative interview and testing.
  • The anesthesiologist will visit with you to discuss the anesthesia process.
  • You will most likely meet with the cardiothoracis surgeon to discuss the plan and the risks.
During surgery, you are connected to cardiopulmonary bypass, or a heart-lung machine.  This machine keeps your blood circulating.  Your anesthesiologist starts an IV, puts you to sleep, places a breathing tube in and then monitors your heart's function by viewing images of your heart from inside your esophagus.  
After surgery you will awaken in the cardiovascular intensive care unit.  You will have tubes and wires attached to you and you will be heavily medicated.  Conversations with family members may not be remembered due to the anesthesia.  There will be tubes coming from your chest draining excess fluid from around the heart and lungs.  
As you progress in your recovery, you will begin preparing for discharge with walking goals, breathing tests and education provided by your health care team.  This is where much of the self motivated work begins to ensure a successful at-home recovery.  Recovery time is usually 6-12 weeks but it varies by each individual.  A good support team which include family and Home Care professionals are a critical part of the open heart surgery journey.  
Chances are good that you will need assistance once you are home.  In Home Care is a great option to consider when family and friends are not available to help, or to incorporate as back up and relief support to those who will be assisting you.  Here are some of the things you may need help with.
  • Getting in & out of the bed/chair
  • Ambulating
  • Bathing & dressing
  • Preparing meals
  • Opening jars, bottles, medicine
  • Putting on & tying shoes
  • Making trips to the grocery store, pharmacy, other errands & accompaniment to the doctor.
  • Toilet needs
  • Medication reminders
  • Light housekeeping
  • Passive exercises
  • Safety 
To get more information on caregiver and Home Care assistance after heart surgery call us today 770-442-8664 and click the link below for additional savings.
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Topics: Heart Disease, Cardiovascular Disease, chronic disease, Heart Attack, open heart surgery

Having a Healthier Workspace

Posted by Debby Franklin on Feb 22, 2013 12:47:00 PM

healthier workspace, healthier environment, less stress,Here are four steps to having a healthier, less stressful workspace that will produce positive results for you. If you are reading this at your desk, take a moment and look around.  Do you see clutter and chaos?  Are stress-inducing to-do lists tacked up all over, reminding you in no uncertain terms that you have many things to do...ASAP?!  Are your desk drawers hiding an emergency chocolate stash?

When you think about how the average American spends 8.6 hours a day at work, you have to wonder why many of us aren't treating our desks more like the Zen zones that they should be.  Instead, we are sitting down each day at a spot not necessarily designed to keep our minds and bodies in a healthy state-the kind of state that allows us to be productive and calm. 

Perhaps, then, it's time for an office make-over.  By creating a space that promotes health and serenity, you may find it's a little easier to face the daily grind.

STEP 1:  Give Germs the Pink Slip

You don't even want to know how many germs are living on your desk.  Just know that there are plenty-and on everything from your phone to your keyboard to that pen you sometimes put in your mouth and chew on anxiously.  Germs from coughs and sneezes can live on surfaces for up to three days, so to avoid colds and the flu, make antibacterial wipes your friends.  Wipe off surfaces that are shared, like phones, a computer mouse and shared workstations. 

Though it seems common sense, people should stay home if they are sick.  You may think you are noble to trudge to work despite a nagging cough, but what you are really doing is not so nicely sharing those germs.

Nix superfluous routes of cross-contamination.  If you have a bowl of jelly beans and everybody puts their hands in it, you are going to get their germs.

STEP 2:  Close the Candy Shop

Snacks are important to keep your energy up, but having them within arm's reach at all times makes it all to easy to graze the whole day long.  This can add up to far more calories per day than your body requires.  Instead, bring only the snacks you need for that day with you each morning.  Prepacked 100-calorie snacks can help you stay on track with a healthy diet, so can baggies of fresh fruit slices or low-sugar cereal.

Then there the office staple: the candy bowl.  There's one in every office and if it's on your desk, give it the boot.  Consider that just three tiny, bite-sized candy bars can load you up with as many as 225 calories, but an apple and a piece of string cheese are just under 140 calories.  Plus, sugary snacks will cause a spike in your blood sugar, meaning you're more likely to crash soon after.  Sustaining your energy with healthy fiber, vitamins, minerals and protein will keep you alert until closing time.

STEP 3:  Check Your Posture

Back problems can plague people who spend the majority of their workday in an office chair. The reason:  Many of us sit forward in our chairs, leaning toward the computer in front of us. When you are not sitting properly-straight up, abs in and with a good, strong core-ther's a lot of back strain.  There shouldn't be a space between your back and the back of the chair. Keep your feet flat on the floor.  Making these small changes can prevent orthopedic issues such as chronic back pain and pinched nerves.  The benefits include improved flexibility, which helps prevent back injuries down the road.

Additionally, check to make sure you haven't glued yourself to your chair.  You should get up every hour, walk around the office, drop off a paper at someon's desk.  These moments of movement will stretch your spine and the muscles of your back and legs, preventing stiffness and cramping.

STEP 4:  Find Your Happy Place

Keeping a positive mental attitude can have real, tangible effects on your physical health. According to research from the Harvard School of Public Health, happy people were less likely to have risk factors for high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels and obesity.  Make your workspace a happy space by surrounding yourself not with endless to-do lists, but instead, photographs or other trinkets that elicit positive memories.  

Put fresh flowers on your desk, which can be instant mood-lifters.  If you can, incorporate natural light into your work area.  You'll be feeling sunny in no time.

Do you want to actually strengthen your core or burn calories while you work?  Ask your office to supply you with an exercise ball chair or a standing workstation, or invest in one yourself.

Learn to Unplug

If you can't make a job switch to a professional napper, then disconnecting from your stressful job is paramount to good health.  This can be a challenge for both sexes, especially since work follows us home on our cellphones and computers.

To lower your stress level and , subsequently, your risk for heart attack and stroke, keep this point in mind.  Work will still be there tomorrow.  Turn off your computer and silence your phone at the end of the day.  Because people are spending a longer time on their computers, they have less time for social interaction, and that contributes to stress.  It is very important that you have a supportive network of friends or a family member you can connect with.

 

This article is reprinted from Vigor-Gwinnett Medical Center and is authored by Amanda Myers

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Topics: stroke, healthier lifestyle, Heart Attack, healthier workspace, reducing stress

Stroke - A New Shocking Study

Posted by Debby Franklin on Jan 14, 2013 4:01:00 PM

stroke, heart attack, heart disease, high blood pressureMore people under the age of 55 are suffering from strokes than ever before.  A new study shows that people ages 20-54 account for 20% or more strokes which has increased from 13% in the 90's.  Most younger people typically feel like they are healthy and that a stroke can't happen to them.  The fact is that with a rise in unhealthy lifestyles and in stroke risk factors such as cholesterol young and middle-aged adults account for a surprising number of strokes.

Here are some steps to help you take action for your Heart Health:

  • Looking at the sunny side of life and cultivating a positive attitude does the heart good.  The mind-body connection is being increasingly recognized as important to maintaining a healthy well balanced life.  Studies show that optimistic people can cut their risk of a first heaart5 attack by 50% compared to glass-half-empty types.  Every day, count your blessings, show kind acts to others. socialize, and develop relationships you feel good about-all for the good of your heart.
  • Don't ignore having a healthy lunch.  Eating a healthy diet is probably the most effective way of keeping a low stroke risk.  We may do a great job of keeping healthy food items in the pantry at home and preparing heart healthy meals but if we are not taking our lunch to work and are eating out every day we are still putting ourselves at stoke risk.  Preparing a salad packed with texture, variety and lean protein, can be quick, easy and healthy. East small portions.  Keep salt in moderation which can also be found in canned foods and soy sauce.  Make unhealthy meals the exception, not the rule.  Make fast food an only occasional splurge.
  • Keep an eye on your Blood Pressure.  High blood pressure is a potential risk factor for stroke, but it almost never produces detectable symptoms.  Know your numbers.  Lifestyle changes and perhaps medication may be in order to bring your blood pressure back into the normal range.
  • If you have not done so recently, go to a doctor and get your blood sugar checked.  This is especially important if you are overweight or if other people in your family have diabetes.  Like high blood pressure, diabetes does not cause any obvious symptoms until it is in its advanced stages.  In fact, it is estimated that most people with diabetes have had the disease several years before they are diagnosed. 
  • If you are a smoker, quit smoking!  Enough said.
  • Lose weight and exercise.  Even a brisk walk for half an hour or so per day can help you lose weight and decrease your chances of ever suffering a stroke. Go slowly.  People who lose weight too fast gain the weight right back.  Weigh yourself regularly to help keep you focused and motivated as you keep track of each pound that comes off.
  • Know and understand your cholesterol levels. 

Although stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, only a small percentage of Americans are able to name even a few of the diseases and unhealthy habits that can increase aperson's risk of having a stroke.  Follow these important tips to help you improve your chances of never suffering a stroke.

If you or someone that you know has suffered a recent stroke you may want to consider our Atlanta Home Care service.  Having a helping hand while on the road to recovery can mean in many instances a faster more successful recovery.  Utilizing the help of an Atlanta Caregiver provided by Easy Living Services can come to the aide of busy families and stoke victims as well.  Having someone who can provide meals, light housekeeping, transportation and can assist with personal care can ensure safety and speed the healing process.  We are here to answer any questions and to work with you on a plan of care designed for your specific needs.  Call us today 770-442-8664. 

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Topics: Heart Disease, high blood pressure, stroke, Heart Attack

Heart Disease Recovery and Prevention

Posted by Debby Franklin on Jan 10, 2012 3:23:00 PM

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If you or a loved one is recently recovering from a stroke or heart attack, you may need Home Care assistance until you are back on your feet again.  There are so many chores that a caregiver can do to to lighten the load and to ensure a safe and speedy recovery.  Having someone shop, run errands, prepare meals, do light housekeeping and laundry can allow for time for healing and recuperation. 

Heart disease is the top killer of both women and men in the United States.  The most common sign of a heart attack in both sexes is chest pain.  Women often report additional symptoms such as shortness of breath and nausea.  Here is the latest word from The American Heart Association on what to do to keep your heart in fighting form.  

 

CHOLESTEROL Should be less than 200.  One way to keep your number in check is fiber!  Pick whole fruits over juice.

BLOOD PRESSURE Should be below 120/80.  Reduce blood pressure by lowering your daily sodium intake.

SUGAR LEVEL Should be less than 100.  Cut back on sweets and reduce alcohol intake.

SMOKING Don't start or quit!  Go to www.heart.org for how-to help.

BODY MASS INDEX (BMI) Should be less than 25.  Use this iPhone app. to calculate:   BMI Calculator, FREE, APPS.USA.GOV

EXERCISE Pump it up!  Get at least 2 1/2 hours a week of activity

HEALTHY DIET Eat at least one fruit or veggie at meals or with snacks and don't forget the whole grains.

To receive Free information about "Living Heart Healthy" or to find out how Home Care can help you or a loved one on the road to recovery, call us today at 770-442-8664.

Topics: Home Care, Heart Disease, Cardiovascular Disease, Heart Attack