Children’s Safety: Playing Outdoors

With the weather warming up, it’s only a matter of time before your kids are ready to take their imaginations outdoors. Playing outside not only helps children grow physically strong, but it also improves fine motor skills, sensory skills, and attention spans. However, before you shoo them out the door for some fresh air, ensure you’re doing everything you can

Frequently Asked Questions About CPR

Should I Check for a Pulse? Surprisingly, it’s recommended you don’t check for a pulse when someone collapses from cardiac arrest. Even if you’re experienced with checking for a pulse, in the heat of the moment, it can be easy to get confused with false pulses. CPR gives the best chance of survival when started right away—checking for a pulse

Keeping Your Kidneys Healthy

Happy National Kidney Month! These bean-shaped organs perform several vital functions within your body, including filtering waste and excess water from your blood, regulating blood pressure, and assisting in red blood cell production. Because your kidneys work so closely with your heart and cardiovascular system, developing kidney disease can directly impact your risk of heart disease, so it’s important to

Tips for a Healthy Heart

This time of year, hearts are everywhere, but not just for Valentine’s Day—February is also American Heart Month. Declared by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, this month encourages Americans to make their heart health a priority and educate people on developing heart-healthy habits. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. While there are plenty of contributing

How to Help Someone Having an Asthma Attack

The number of people with asthma has been steadily increasing since the 1980s—today, nearly 1 in 13 people are diagnosed. Depending on the severity of the case, asthma can be a mild, occasional inconvenience or a daily struggle. Most cases are manageable with medication, but a flare-up of symptoms can cause an asthma attack, which can be deadly if the

The Difference Between Cardiac Arrest and a Heart Attack

While people tend to use the terms interchangeably, going into cardiac arrest and having a heart attack are not synonymous. Their difference can be best explained in terms of a house: cardiac arrest is an “electrical” problem, while a heart attack is a “plumbing” problem. Cardiac arrest occurs because of complications with the heart’s regular rhythm; a heart attack is

Deciphering Blood Pressure

We’ve all had our blood pressure taken at least once in our lives, whether at a doctor’s appointment or at the machine near the pharmacy. However, unless actively monitoring their blood pressure, many people have no idea what those two little numbers actually mean for their health. The Basics of Blood Pressure Blood pressure measures how hard blood is pushing

How Gratitude Can Improve Your Health

If you’re having trouble getting into the holiday spirit this year, you’re not the only one. The holidays are upon us, but between the gray skies of winter and social distancing leaving many isolated, it’s hard to feel festive. This season is the time to show appreciation for loved ones, and that may be especially important this year. As it

Treating Three Types of Bleeding

Most people know how to treat a papercut or a nick with a kitchen knife, but what about a wound that’s more serious? Depending on the size and location of an injury, blood loss will look different in volume, speed, and color. Knowing how to identify and treat the main types of blood loss can be the information that saves

Child Safety and Protection Month

November is Child Safety and Protection Month, which focuses on raising awareness of potential dangers children face, both inside the home and out. American children make an estimated 30 million visits to the emergency room annually, and many of those visits are due to accidental injury. Learning how to recognize and reduce potential dangers to children is key to protecting