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Heart Smart CPR and American Heart Association has an announcement to make!

Healthy eating tips

 Great news!  Heart Smart CPR and the American Heart Association have an announcement!  The  AHA has new healthy eating tips to make healthy eating easier for your busy schedule at Subway!  When you see the logo above you know the American Heart Association approves!

I am sure you have seen this logo at the supermarket, now you can count on it when you don’t have nutritional information readily available at Subway.  For me personally, I love the fresh ingredients that Subway uses, but I always wonder about the sauces, now there is no doubt.  Way to go American Heart Association!  Thanks for making my busy life a bit easier.  Below is a list of foods that the AHA have given the stamp of approval at Subway.

  • All SUBWAY FRESH FIT® sandwich meals that include apples slices and water
  • All SUBWAY FRESH FIT FOR KIDS™ meals that include apple slices and low fat milk
  • 9 salads with Sweet Onion Dressing that include apple slices and water

Have a Heart Healthy Day!

Kristi Krouse

 

CPR Stats

Everyone can and should learn CPR; I think most everyone agrees with me on this one.  But did you know that most CPR statistics say 70% of people don’t feel capable of helping in a cardiac emergency because they were never trained or training has lapsed so far that they don’t remember.  To make matters worse, CPR statistics say 88% of cardiac emergencies happen at home…so the person you may not feel capable helping is most likely going to be a loved one!  This terrifies me!  I truly hope that everyone does something to learn more about CPR, for starters go here to do a one minute training on hands-only-CPR.  The American Heart Association has put together a great video so that you can learn something now in only one minute.  I just know the people you love are worth that! 🙂

Here are some CPR statistics the American Heart Association has put together for you:

WHY LEARN CPR?
Cardiac arrests are more common than you think, and they can happen to anyone at any time.
• Nearly 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually, and 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home.
• Many victims appear healthy with no known heart disease or other risk factors.
• Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack.
o Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating.
o A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle is blocked. A heart attack may cause cardiac arrest.

WHO CAN YOU SAVE WITH CPR?
The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be a loved one.
• Four out of five cardiac arrests happen at home.
• Statistically speaking, if called on to administer CPR in an emergency, the life you save is likely to be someone at home: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend.
• African-Americans are almost twice as likely to experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in another public location than Caucasians, and their survival rates are twice as poor as for Caucasians.

WHY TAKE ACTION?
Failure to act in a cardiac emergency can lead to unnecessary deaths.
• Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival, but only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander.
• Sadly, less than eight percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive.
• The American Heart Association trains more than 12 million people in CPR annually, to equip Americans with the skills they need to perform bystander CPR.

Don’t be afraid to use the hands-only-CPR training you have learned, you can only help them.  Push hard, push fast, and call 911!

Have a Heart Healthy Day!

Kristi Krouse

Earth Day and Your Heart

Happy Early Earth Day! 

April 22nd is our official earth day celebration, are you going to do anything special?

I plan on getting outside and enjoying our precious earth!

There are some things to do in Austin and you can find them on Austin360.   I recommend planting a tree, riding a bike, or going for a walk.  Just getting outside is great, but add some exercise and you are helping your heart!

WikiHow  tells where the idea of Earth Day came about.

The celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd began in the United States in 1970 and was the brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson, who had long pondered about finding a way to “put the environment into the political ‘limelight’ once and for all” (his words). There are actually two Earth Day celebrations (the other one is held in March on the equinox, see “Tips”) but this article focuses on the April 22 Earth Day, which is now celebrated in most countries of the world. Earth Day is a perfect time to reflect about what you are doing to help protect the environment. There are many ways that you can celebrate alone and with others.

They also have some great ideas about how to celebrate it; such as plant a tree, recycle all day, have children recycle toys (excuse for spring cleaning), ride your bike, and of course wear green!

I think it would so great to change your Facebook profile pic to something earthy!  I plan on changing mine for the week!

If you are a teacher of any kind there are some great ideas on Edutopia’s Earth Day Challange!

I would love to hear what you plan on doing for Earth Day!

Have a Heart Healthy Day!

Kristi Krouse

 

 

 

Hear Ye, Hear Ye…CPR News!

cpr instructor certification

Alert the Press!

Heart Smart CPR is now a training site!

As of November 21st Heart Smart CPR is accepting new CPR instructors through our new CPR instructor certification.  This is a huge step forward for our company.  It has been quite a year and it all came together with this step in the right direction.  I plan to expand further in the future, but for now we will focus on training Heartsaver CPR and AED instructors and BLS for Healthcare providers instructors.  Austin CPR is vital to so many different fields, and there is so much room for the American Heart Association to spread life-saving knowledge; and I am so excited to be a part of the expansion.  If you have every considered becoming a CPR in Texas, give me a call and we can talk about if our CPR instructor certification is right for you!

Have a heart healthy day!

Kristi Krouse

 

Fight Back!

Did you know that every 38 seconds a person dies of cardiovascular disease?

Breathtaking, I know.

The American Heart Association wants to fight back, and we need your help. The goal: $1.5 million by December 31st 2010. This money will be used to save lives in 2011. As you read this, projects that save many lives are in desperate need of donations for the new year. In order for the programs to run at full speed; the AHA needs $1.5 million. Your donation will be tax deductible, and greatly appreciated.  If you need any help donating, please contact us!

Heart and blood vessel diseases today are America’s #1 killer. Your donation will save someone. A stranger? Or a loved one? Either way, your donation will save a life. Thank you for your support!

How is CPR changing?

cpr changesFor over 40 years the American Heart Association has been using A-B-C (Airway, Breathing, and Compressions) to teach CPR, this is changing to C-A-B (Compressions, Airway, and Breathing). This CPR change was released on the morning of October 18, 2010, and will take effect over the next few months. The new sequence allows you to start with the easiest step first; compressions. The goal of CPR changes is that making CPR easier will save more lives; sounds like a plan to me! There are a few more changes, such as…

-new recommended compression depth of at least 2 inches.
-eliminating the “look, listen, and feel” before breaths are given.

No worries, these changes will not affect your current card.

As an added note, the American Heart Association continues to recommend that anyone without CPR training use Hands-only CPR. To learn more about CPR and AED training, give me a call!

As always,
Have a Heart Healthy Day!

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Kristi Krouse
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