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

Cold Weather Safety and First Aid

There are plenty of unpleasant things supplied by the colder months—holiday traffic, less daylight, and cabin fever, just to name a few—but winter also brings serious dangers. As temperatures drop and the snow piles up, it’s important to know how to treat cold-related injuries and conditions in case of an emergency. Slips and Falls We’ve all encountered those pesky invisible

Halloween Safety During COVID-19

Halloween Skeleton with paper mask

Happy Quarantine! Er, Halloween. There is no denying that the holidays will look different this year. With the spread of the Coronavirus, Halloween safety and our regular traditions are being questioned—are they safe? The CDC advises against high-risk activities like trick-or-treating and crowded parties, and for kids (and probably a good number of adults), that’s hard to hear. That’s not

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Female Doctor Holding Pink Ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast cancer is the second-most common type of cancer, just after skin cancer. While the medical community has made great strides in treating it, it’s still extremely important to be aware of and educated about the signs and risk factors. As October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we figured it’d be good to have an honest conversation.   What