We hope you spent some time during Heart Month learning a little more about heart health and the easy things you can do to keep yours in top shape. On our own blog, we offered up some food for thought in these Heart Month posts:
With Heart Month coming to a close, we wanted to do a little research to see how our employees keep their hearts healthy, seeing how they work at a health and safety company!
Let’s end this week with some inspiration from our student success files!
First up, from MEDIC First Aid instructor Curt Haas in Ashford, CT, we learn of Steve Quinto who in 2014 assisted two family members with his emergency care training.
In February of 2014, Steve’s sister was choking on some food and had started to turn blue. The quick-thinking brother knew exactly what to do and after an abdominal thrust was able to force the food item out of his sister’s throat.
Although recent winter weather would have us think otherwise, springtime will be here before we know it and that means we’ll all be in Nashville soon for the 2015 HSI International Conference, April 29-May 1.
The history of treating sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) was a unique journey with lots of bizarre twists and turns. Rolling “drunken” sailors over barrels, hanging people from their feet, and blowing smoke up your… uh, … rectum, are all based to some degree in cardiac arrest lore.
People were shocked… literally, when electricity was discovered, and defibrillation was born. No idea why, but sometimes it worked. Not very often, but enough to keep the spark alive… pun intended. The development of defibrillation from then to as we know it now is probably worthy of its own storyline.
Did you know that some health conditions and lifestyle factors can put people at a higher risk for developing heart disease? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the two main reasons people have heart disease or stroke are because of high blood pressure and cholesterol, which are common, deadly, and preventable.
We talk a lot on our blog about sudden cardiac arrest, but today let’s look at a broader topic in heart health. The CDC lays out some scary statistics from the American Heart Association about cardiovascular disease in their article on Heart Month:
Very often, new statistics from the world of medicine and health bring bad news. But according to the American Heart Association’s 2015 Heart and Stroke Statistics, there’s some improvement to report about incidences of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).
In the workplace, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that fall protection had nearly $20 million in penalties across all industries and topped the list of OSHA’s most frequently cited standards during fiscal year 2014, with hazard communication and scaffolding holding the second and third positions.
February is Heart Month, when we focus national attention on cardiovascular health. And that got us to thinking about healthy hearts and the workplace.