How to Help Someone Having a Stroke

An orange medical stretcher on a road

May is National Stroke Month, which aims to increase awareness of stroke symptoms and first aid treatment, as well as to educate people on the ways they can decrease their risk of having a stroke. With strokes as the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S., knowing how to react quickly is necessary to saving lives and preventing permanent

First Aid for Seizures

Seizures are sudden electrical disturbances in the brain that cause temporary changes in movement, behavior, and consciousness. While seizures can be a one-time occurrence—often induced by strokes, head injuries, drug withdrawal, or high fever—when a person has reoccurring seizures without an obvious cause, it’s classified as epilepsy. Seizures are surprisingly common. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, “About 1 in 100

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