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Everyone has the power to save a life.

Lili & StudentAt least one person in every household and workplace should be trained and certified in CPR. On average, it takes emergency personnel 12 minutes to arrive on scene. For someone who is choking or has stopped breathing that may be too late.
By learning simple rescue skills, you can go from a helpless bystander to a person with the ability to take control and help someone during an emergency. This important course will enable you to quickly and confidently provide critical life-saving skills in emergency situations.

A few things to know about Heart Attack & Strokes

Attack:

A heart attack is when the flow of blood to part of the heart muscle gets blocked. Without oxygen, that section of the heart begins to die. Depending on how long blood is cut off, the results can be mild damage, or it could be massive — even fatal.

If someone is having chest pains, is sweating, has pain radiating to the shoulder, the arm, the jaw, or looks uncomfortable, you need to get them to the hospital as soon as possible.

A heart attack can lead to cardiac arrest. But they are two different conditions.

  • Heart attack: the heart is still beating. Blood is still flowing. The person is still alive.
  • Cardiac arrest: the heart has stopped beating. Blood has stopped flowing. The person does not respond. The person is dying.

A heart attack needs immediate medical attention but doesn’t need CPR. A heart attack can progress to become a cardiac arrest, at which point CPR is required.

Stroke:

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to your brain is interrupted or reduced. This deprives your brain of oxygen and nutrients, which can cause your brain cells to die. A stroke may be caused by a blocked artery (ischemic stroke) or the leaking or bursting of a blood vessel (hemorrhagic stroke). The Heart & Stroke Foundation uses the acronym F.A.S.T to quickly detect the signs and symptoms of a Stroke.

F: Face – the face will look deformed due to partial paralysis
A: Arms – the victim will be unable to lift both arms parallel to one another
S: Speech – the victim will slur their words
T: Time – time to immediately pick up a phone and dial 9-1-1!!

What can you do to prevent developing the risk of experiencing either life-threatening event?

Most wish a magic pill existed to eliminate the risk, but it doesn’t. Cold hard facts point to the obvious actions we must take to reduce the risks. Exercise, healthy food choices, drink in moderation, eliminate smoking, reduce sugar consumption, and meditate. There is now a meditation practice that also incorporates laughter. To learn more visit www.livinglaughter.ca

At Fitness Firm, we wish to educate and add some entertainment to all our classes to create a fun and memorable experience!! Like life insurance, you need to know this, but hope you never have to use it.