At this time of the year it’s important to learn the distinguishing features of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Although many of the symptoms can be the same, heatstroke is much worse than heat exhaustion and warrants an immediate 911 call. In many cases, heat exhaustion can simply be managed at home. ...READ MORE
Learn How to Identify the Different Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attacks in Women and Men
Cardiovascular disease is a leading killer in Canada for both women and men. In many cases the signs and symptoms of a heart attack may be difficult to read – especially in women. It’s important to be able to recognize the symptoms in both genders quickly so that the condition can be identified...READ MORE
First-Aid for Asthma Attacks
An asthma attack consists of narrowed airways that are swollen and producing extra mucus. The patient may be wheezing, feel short of breath and may be coughing. The symptoms vary from one person to the next and may also include pain or tightness in the chest. An attack can range from minor to life-threatening....READ MORE
How Does a Defibrillator Work?
An automated external defibrillator (also known as an AED) is used to give a shock to a heart that has gone into cardiac arrest. This machine can often effectively treat ventricular fibrillation (VF), which is an abnormal heart rhythm. When a person is suffering from this abnormal rhythm, the heart isn’t able to circulate...READ MORE
What Is Bystander CPR?
Bystander CPR is emergency CPR administered by someone that close to the situation physically but not a part of an official response team dispatched from emergency services. Considering the high number of occurrences, cardiac arrest is likely to happen in a busy public place – as a result, the actions of bystanders are crucial...READ MORE
Celebrate CPR Month This November with Heart2Heart
November is CPR month across Canada, and if you haven’t yet learned how to perform CPR, the time to get trained is now. This November you may run into a situation where you can save a life through CPR techniques taught in our courses. If one of your family members or acquaintances suddenly went...READ MORE
How to Handle Severe Reactions to Insect Bites & Stings
We’ve all been stung by insects before, but how we react to them is on a case-by-case basis. Most people will just feel some minor pain and itching when stung by a bee, wasp or hornet, while others will have a life-threatening reaction. It’s important to understand the warning signs of a...READ MORE
Why Your Office and Home Both Need a First Aid Kit
You can never predict when an injury or accident will take place – it could happen either in the workplace or at home, so it’s vital to keep a first aid kit handy in both places. This type of kit gives you the ability to react quickly to sudden emergencies and can help prevent...READ MORE
What Does a Heart Stent Do (And Not Do)?
You may have heard of a heart stent – many people that are walking around with one, and you probably know a few of them yourself. Many people with heart conditions that suffer from a blockage in a heart artery will be offered a stent, a small metal tube that helps to support narrow...READ MORE
Does Your Oral Health Impact Your Heart Health?
There have been a lot of studies conducted lately regarding the link between heart health and oral health. Many researchers have come to the conclusion that there is definitely an important link between the two that should not be ignored. Brushing and flossing your teeth is an important part of your cardiovascular health as...READ MORE