Stay Heart Healthy During the Holidays

food buffetThe holidays are known for a time of eating, travel, alcohol consumption, and for some, stress. Whether it’s family interactions or finances that make your blood boil this time of year, the holidays are also known to be a dangerous time for heart attacks. What’s worse, many people ignore symptoms of a heart attack, assuming they are indicative of a season illness or Christmas tree allergy.

Seek medical attention if you experience any of the following:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest discomfort
  • Pain or discomfort in arms, neck, jaw, back, or stomach


Tips to Stay Healthy this Holiday Season

Of course, there are some precautions you can take to maintain a healthy heart throughout the holiday season.

  1. Start your day with a healthy food like egg whites or berries that will sustain and give you energy. Ultimately, your goal should be to limit processed foods and sugar in your diet. Opt for the veggie platters, olives, or dark chocolate at family gatherings.
  2. Limit your alcohol intake. Binge drinking can lead to dizziness as well as the dreaded holiday weight gain. By replacing just one drink with water, you’ll save at least 100 calories and help yourself keep hydrated.
  3. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Creating the “perfect” Christmas for your family may not be an achievable feat, and you shouldn’t drive yourself crazy trying to get there. Try to remove unrealistic expectations from your to-do list and just enjoy spending time with your loved ones.
  4. Stay active. It can be hard to stay motivated, but you’ll be happy you did. Whether it’s a walk or run to check out Christmas lights or a quick trip to the gym, exercise is the ultimate stress reliever.
  5. Make some “me” time. It’s always difficult to find personal time between holiday plays, parties, parades, and other events but it’s important to find a way to decompress. Sometimes, a bubble bath or a massage is all that’s necessary to reset mentally.

Happy holidays from the team at Cardiac Care & Safety, Inc!

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AHA President Recovering from Heart Attack

AHA President John Turner

Photo courtesy of AHA press release

During the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions in Anaheim, CA, AHA President John Turner suffered a minor heart attack. Warner, who is also CEO of UT Southwestern University Hospitals in Dallas, was recipient of a stent to open a clogged artery at a local hospital. Thankfully, the AHA reports that Warner is recovering well with his family.

Warner, 52, is a cardiologist and just Sunday delivered a speech where he discussed a pattern of heart disease in his family. In the speech Warner informed the audience that his father and paternal grandfather both had heart bypass surgeries in their 60’s, and he lost his maternal grandfather and great grandfather to heart disease as well.

According to the AHA, he finished his speech with the following lines:

“Earlier in my talk, I told you there were no old men in my family. I know this is also true in far too many other families, not just in the U.S., but around the world. I believe the people in this room have the power – and even the duty – to change that. Together, we can make sure old men and old women are regulars at family reunions. … In other words, I look forward to a future where people have the exact opposite experience of my family, that children grow up surrounded by so many healthy, beloved, elderly relatives that they couldn’t imagine life any other way.”

It is our wish that something good can come out of Warner’s harrowing experience. Heart disease can affect even those who are most educated on the topic. Especially if there is a history of heart disease in your family, it is so important to take every preventative step possible to preserve your heart health. Please visit our recent blog post to clarify some myths about heart health.

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CPR Training at Newtown Dentistry for Kids

CPR Training at Pediatric Dental OfficeIn the dental industry, recurring CPR and BLS training sessions are a necessity. It’s important for these health professionals to keep up with certifications as well as the latest information and techniques to keep patients safe in case of emergency. Group trainings are an easy way to maintain certification for the whole office. We work with many dental offices on an ongoing basis, and recently had the opportunity to work with the friendly staff at Newtown Dentistry for Kids.

When planning a group training, our instructors can be very flexible to work around your business hours. We’re happy to come by your facility at night, over the weekend, or whenever works best for you. Additionally, the group environment allows us to recreate actual emergencies your staff may encounter for hands-on experience.

Our programs and products specific to the dental industry include:
  • CPR Training in Office for Whole Staff
  • Medical Emergency Preparedness Training for CE credits
  • OSHA BBP Training for CE credits
  • Emergency Drug Kit w/ Training
  • Emergency O2 w/ Training

A big thanks to Newtown Dentistry for Kids for the great session and awesome photo!

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