4 Workplace Wellness Trends to Watch for in 2018 on onebeatcpr.com

4 Workplace Wellness Trends to Watch for in 2018

Unhealthy lifestyle choices and chronic disease cost businesses billions in healthcare every year. Corporate wellness programs encourage individuals to make their health a priority.

Employers play an important role in helping their workers get healthy with programs and incentives – both to create a healthier, happier workforce as well as to save on long-term medical costs. Here are four corporate wellness trends making their way into the workplace this year:

1. Personalized wellness services

Health is highly personal, and a “one-size-fits-all” approach won’t meet every employee’s individual needs. What’s vital to one person may be unimportant to another.

Companies are branching out and offering more personalized wellness services to serve employees efficiently. Many employers offer access to an individual health coach or incentivize good habits like exercise and healthy eating.

Companies also use digital platforms and online portals that can help employees keep track of their health and wellness goals. New fitness technology, like wearable fitness trackers and pedometers, makes it easy for companies to tailor programs and health tracking to individuals.

Individual health coaching, online health forums and portals, and fitness trackers such as Fitbit all serve as interactive experiences for employees. Utilizing these tools and programs can encourage workers to engage with wellness services.

2. A holistic approach

In the early days of corporate wellness initiatives, most programs were broad in nature and focused on a few key aspects of health. These traditional services typically covered things like weight management and quitting tobacco.

Today’s companies are incorporating programs that encompass more areas of employee health. This holistic approach means things like sleep and stress get just as much attention as other healthy habits. Even financial health programs are being instituted because of the tangible link between financial stress and physical health issues. By addressing more aspects of health and wellness, these programs can be more effective than the simpler programs dedicated only to one or two habits.

And the benefits aren’t just altruistic. Sleep deprivation and stress are serious problems for today’s workforce. Studies estimate that sleep deprivation costs U.S. employers up to $411 billion each year. Other studies have shown that workplace stress causes up to 120,000 deaths each year.

By encouraging employees not to work excessive overtime hours late into the night, or providing a flexible schedule, employers are helping workers lower stress and get adequate sleep – plus boosting productivity and engagement, and potentially lowering healthcare costs.

3. Integrating workplace options for wellness

Another trend cropping up in workplace wellness is the effort to integrate healthy options for employees.

Many individuals rely on the food provided by their workplace. Companies are working to make nourishing food available in on-site cafeterias. Vending machines that would normally hold chips and cookies are starting to include snacks like mixed nuts, healthy juices, and cut veggies. Providing these items gives employees the chance to make healthful choices.

Employers are also starting to set up workstations designed to discourage workers from being sedentary all day long. Sitting in front of a computer for long hours can result in eye strain, poor posture, and carpal tunnel syndrome, not to mention unhealthy metabolic changes with long-term health effects. Standing desks and treadmill walking desks are easy to install and they can be a great alternative for employees who would otherwise be sitting for most of the day.

4. Emergency Training

A recent survey conducted by the American Heart Association revealed that most US employees do not know how to respond to a workplace emergency like the sudden cardiac arrest. Half of those surveyed were not able to locate an automated external defibrillator (AED) at their office.

Although workplaces are making strides in providing employees holistic wellness programs, they are behind in preparing their workers for emergency situations at work. Most of the survey participants did not have access to CPR or basic first aid training.

Training employees how to perform CPR, use AEDs, or provide basic first aid can save lives. In a single year, 475,000 Americans die from cardiac arrest, and the survival rate of the 356,000 that occur outside of a hospital setting is only about 10 percent.

CPR saves lives by combining breathing into the mouth and chest compressions to keep oxygenated blood moving through the body when the heart has stopped. The American Heart Association says that “CPR can double or triple chances of survival after cardiac arrest.” And because an AED resets the heart’s rhythm with electric pulses, it is even more impactful in increasing survival rates in cases of cardiac arrest.

Training employees to respond in emergency situations like these is a critical part of workplace wellness.

At One Beat CPR + AED, we are dedicated to educating everyone about responding to an emergency, and we provide American Heart Association-certified CPR and AED training for groups and individuals. For more information, reach out to us today at 954-321-5305 or fill out our contact form.

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Women Receive CPR Less Often Than Men

A study reveals more women die from cardiac arrest – because bystanders may be afraid of performing CPR

A recent study sponsored by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) looked at almost 20,000 cases of cardiac arrest. The study found that only 39% of women experiencing cardiac arrest in public were given CPR, whereas 45% of men received it.

The men studied were 23% more likely to survive.

Women and heart disease

Heart attacks and cardiac arrest are sometimes thought of as a male issue, but women suffer from these conditions and heart disease overall at alarming rates:

  • “Heart disease is the leading cause of death of American women, killing more than a third of them.”
  • “More than 200,000 women die each year from heart attacks – five times as many women as breast cancer.”
  • “More than 159,000 women die each year of congestive heart failure, accounting for 56.3% of all heart failure deaths.”

These numbers are a bit lower but similar in scope to the numbers for men. So, why the disparity in the number of female lives saved thanks to CPR?

Fear of rendering aid

While the study shows that strangers are more willing to help men experiencing cardiac arrest than women, “no gender difference was apparent in CPR rates for people who had taken ill at home, where a rescuer is more likely to know the person needing help.”

Some of the reasons cited:

  • “’It can be kind of daunting thinking about pushing hard and fast on the center of a woman’s chest’ making some people fearful of hurting the woman,’ said Audrey Blewer, a University of Pennsylvania researcher who led the study. …
  • Another study leader, Dr. Benjamin Abella, said that bystanders are worried about moving a woman’s clothes or touching her breasts, despite the fact that if you administer CPR in the correct manner, you wouldn’t even need to do this.”

There is also fear about being held legally liable for rendering aid that could harm someone, though as we’ve covered in a previous blog, every state has Good Samaritan laws on the books that protect people trying to save a life. In some states, however, you do need to be certified in CPR to have protection under these laws.

What about mouth-to-mouth resuscitation?

When most of us think of CPR, we think of pressing on the chest and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. But The American Heart Association has recently revised CPR procedures to make rescue breathing optional when rendering care to adults or teens. This “hands-only CPR” is simple and it works:

  • A study led by Dr. Ken Nagao at Tokyo’s Surugadai Nihon University Hospital examined the implications of this failure to respond. Cardiac arrest victims on whom no CPR was applied (approximately 70% of 4,068 incidents) were not only far less likely to survive, their chances of suffering brain damage from the incident increased if they did pull through.
  • 18% of the victims in the study received traditional CPR that included mouth-to-mouth. Those patients saw an improved survival and recovery rate. 11% of those in the study had the chest-compression-only technique applied – and they were 2.2 times less likely to experience brain damage than those who didn’t receive any CPR at all.
  • Hands-only CPR cannot be used on small children and infants, nor individuals who have been found unconscious or definitively suffered the respiratory failure that leads to cardiac arrest. For greater detail, read our blog: “Hands-Only CPR vs. Traditional CPR.”

A 3-hour class gets you certified

Three hours is all it takes to become CPR and AED certified. This is a skill that you can carry with you the rest of your life and you’ll be prepared to take life-saving action on a moment’s notice – on men, women, or children – whether they are strangers or loved ones.

Help reverse the statistics and learn to save lives equally.

One Beat CPR+AED offers American Heart Association-certified CPR and AED courses to South Florida businesses, schools, medical professionals, families, and individuals. Call 1-800-ONE-BEAT for the latest class schedule, or connect with us online.

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More Insight on “Hands-Only CPR”

Hands-only CPR can be performed by anyone and learned in as little as a minute – and alleviates some concerns about providing aid

Most of us wouldn’t hesitate to help a person in distress. It’s human nature. We also would do it because we hope that a stranger would do the same for us.

There are some obstacles for some people, however. Take performing CPR, for example. One of the biggest concerns registered by individuals – especially those who haven’t undergone training – is that they’ll do it incorrectly and cause more harm than good. Others are worried about performing the mouth-to-mouth (rescue breathing) component on a stranger.

There’s encouraging news all the way around, though. The American Heart Association now recommends what’s known as “hands-only CPR” in many situations.

Voicing their fears

In a 2016 survey, the AHA asked respondents why they didn’t perform CPR on someone in cardiac arrest despite having the opportunity. The top reason was fear of legal consequences if something went wrong, shared by 31%. The other reasons:

  • 28% said their skills weren’t up to date
  • 28% said they were afraid they would hurt the person
  • 24% said that CPR is too complicated
  • 18% said they just didn’t feel confident performing the steps
  • 16% said they had no training
  • 14% said they didn’t want to give the rescue breaths
  • 14% said they didn’t believe it would make a difference

If you look at these statistics, you see that many people refrain simply because they’re unsure – whether it’s lack of training, or even being unsure of whether it will help. This is why it’s so important to know about hands-only CPR.

The benefit of hands-only CPR

Hands-only CPR is CPR without rescue breaths. The AHA recommends it is because it’s very easy to do, it always some of the concerns people have about performing CPR, and it’s effective.

There are only two steps, and you don’t need to have formal training in order to perform hands-only CPR on someone – though training is beneficial. Many individuals can perform this life-saving act after watching a short instructional video online:

You’ll learn the two easy steps:

  1. Call 911 to summon emergency help
  2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest. The minimum rate you should push is 100 beats per minute. How fast is that? Match the beat of the Bee Gees’ classic song “Stayin’ Alive” and you’ve got it.

The AHA says that hands-only CPR performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest for an adult victim has been shown to be as effective as CPR with breaths. That said, full CPR still needs to be done in several cases, including when the victim has been found unconscious for an unknown amount of time, when you know someone has had respiratory failure leading to cardiac arrest, or for pre-teen children or infants.

The key here is oxygen; hands-only CPR works when a victim has enough of it left. When oxygen levels are depleted, rescue breathing is required.

People who have had official CPR training are more likely to provide better chest compressions, but any attempt at CPR is usually better than none at all. The AHA observes that official training and certification can make you more confident about your life-saving skills – especially for infants, children, victims of drowning, or people who collapse due to breathing problems – because you’re also able to administer rescue breaths.

If you know nothing about CPR, you can learn enough to save a life by watching this video. Get complete training and certification, however, for far better and more comprehensive life-saving skills.

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How New Tech May Be Used to Help Save Lives

Five developments that could prove to be invaluable

Technology evolves at such a quick pace that often something seen as innovative one day is viewed as antiquated the next month. And while some tech seems to be superfluous (do we really need to upgrade our phones every year?), other new inventions can literally be lifesavers. Here are some of the latest developments in the world of CPR and first aid:

Drones

If there has been one piece of new technology that’s taken the world by storm in recent years, it is drones. In addition to hobbyists, many companies are starting to take advantage of drones, and we may soon see them in response to medical emergencies.

In Sweden, experiments were conducted that involved sending drones equipped with AEDs to 18 sites where people had cardiac arrests. Researchers found that it took about 20 minutes for EMS workers to arrive on the scene after getting a call. With the drones, it was only about five minutes.

Augmented reality

Augmented reality (AR) is another new tech that has gotten a lot of buzzes lately, especially when it comes to games. But AR could also be instrumental for CPR training. The American Heart Association has developed an AR app that first surveys the area to find a good location to perform CPR. It then walks through the necessary steps for hands-only CPR, giving players scores for the rate and depth of chest compressions.

Automated CPR

In order to keep someone alive who is experiencing cardiac arrest, chest compressions have to be continuous. But when the victim needs to be moved or perhaps an EMS worker takes over for a bystander, they can be interrupted. This is why machines utilizing a compression band or piston have been developed that administer chest compressions mechanically.

Mobile EKG

An electrocardiogram (EKG) is an excellent way to monitor heart health, but it would be impossible for people to walk around with an EKG machine. But, thanks to Kardia, they don’t have to.

Touted as “the world’s first medical-grade 30-second EKG,” this is a small card outfitted with sensors that can be linked to a mobile device. In addition to taking their own EKG, the results can be transmitted to a doctor immediately. Kardia can also identify early warnings signs of a heart attack.

Smart first aid kit

In the event of some sort of medical emergency at home or on the job, just finding the first aid kit can be a challenge. But when you do track it down, you may not have any idea what’s in there or where the important items at the moment are. This was the thought process behind the GALE smart first aid kit.

Not only are their well-organized compartments for items to help with things like cuts, burns, and bone fractures, users can get quick digital instructions on what to do. If need be, GALE can also put someone in touch with a medical professional via a video call.

All of this new tech is exciting, but it is not yet widely used and probably won’t be for a while. Until the day these advances are mainstream, it’s best to be proactive. Take a CPR class and learn how to use an AED – and be prepared to save a life now.

Check out our class schedules here, and if you have any questions, please contact us.

Smarter Dummies and Other Tech Tools: What's New in CPR Training Aids on onebeatcpr.com

Smarter Dummies and Other Tech Tools: What’s New in CPR Training Aids

CPR training ads are being equipped with ways to help people learn more efficiently

There’s an app for that. Technology is reaching into all aspects of our lives, including lifesaving training. A new software is available that enables smartphone users to practice CPR, and smart dummies will help trainees learn the technique more precisely.

More than theory

You know the basic moves if you’re familiar with CPR. And if you took training to be certified, you were assisted by experts who observed you and gave you advice on how to correctly apply it. Even so, most of us might still be unsure that we’re doing it right. Research also shows that retaining what we’ve learned starts to decline as soon as three months after training.

Technology can help.

The basics of cardiopulmonary resuscitation teach that correct chest compression is vital. It should be about 2 inches deep, but how do we know if we’re applying too much – or too little – force?

It’s also important that compression rates stay between 100 to 120 per minute, and the amount of time in between each one makes a difference. We’re taught that we should never stop compressions for longer than 10 seconds. How do we know that we’ve got the right rhythm?

The latest training dummies are equipped to measure this. The software tracks your performance, assesses the data, and provides feedback – often in real time. It can measure compression rate and depth, and tell you if you’re not making a complete release from the compression. Some dummies can even measure the amount of air when you apply ventilation.

My cardiac coach

The American Heart Association has a technology hub called the AHA Center for Health Technology and Innovation. They teamed up with Google to develop an augmented reality version of hands-only CPR training.

The project uses Google tech to create a life-like environment for trainees. Users can give a virtual person hands-only CPR any time, any place using their compatible Android mobile device. By delivering compressions at the correct rate and depth in a gaming experience, individuals are rated on their performance and can try to improve their score.

It’s called My Cardiac Coach™ and you can download the app for free. The technology-aided training is available within the overall app, which offers much more. It’s a personalized, digital toolkit that gives you access to:

  • Trustworthy information from the experts at the American Heart Association
  • Interactive lessons to help you learn what you need to know
  • Progress-trackers for monitoring blood pressure and weight
  • Tools for logging physical activity and managing medications
  • Survivors of cardiac events can connect with other survivors through the Support Network

The AHA says its adult CPR courses will be updated in 2019 to make use of even more new technology. It’ll require feedback devices like those mentioned so far. The AHA is making these changes based on a 2015 study on the benefits of emerging technology.

The AHA reports that more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of a hospital environment. Another 200,000 happen in a hospital setting. Statistics show that only 46% of us who experience cardiac arrest outside of the hospital receive CPR from a bystander until professional help arrives on the scene. Yet performed correctly, CPR can double or triple the chance of survival.

It’s why dummies and other training tools are getting smarter. They’re being upgraded to help more people learn CPR – and perform it better when they use this knowledge to save a life.

One Beat CPR + AED provides American Heart Association CPR and AED training for groups and individuals. For more information or to sign up for a class, call us at 954-321-5305.

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Graduate with a Life-Saving Skill

Why students should learn CPR, even if their school doesn’t require it

Whether you’ve been out of school for decades or still have some years left before you graduate, almost certainly at one time or another you’ve had this thought during a class: “When are we ever going to use this?”

While school teaches us many important lessons and lots of good information, not everything is relevant to our daily lives. When, for example, was the last time you had to solve an equation outside of algebra class?

This is why when a valuable skill is taught – like CPR – it should be welcomed by everyone. Unfortunately, CPR training is not mandatory in all schools across the country. Right now, it is a graduation requirement in high schools in 38 states and the District of Columbia.

Florida, however, is not included on that list. Two attempts by the legislature in recent years to change this have both failed. But this shouldn’t stop high school (or college) students in Florida from seeking training on their own.

How teens can benefit from CPR training

CPR training is beneficial for everyone, and perhaps teenagers especially because it gives them:

Life-saving ability

According to statistics from the American Heart Association, an average of 475,000 people in the U.S. die from cardiac arrest every year. And about 350,000 of cardiac arrests happen outside of a hospital. This means that the vast majority of people experiencing this trauma rely on bystanders for assistance. The survival rate for victims who get help is around 45 percent. Knowing CPR is the best way to save a life, whether it’s that of a friend, classmate, older family member, or younger sibling.

Confidence

Even if it is never used, knowing CPR can instill confidence in someone. Understanding what needs to be done in the event of an emergency can help a teen keep a cool head in a crisis.

A skill employers look for

For students looking for an after-school job or summer work, being able to put CPR training on their resume can give them an edge. For lifeguards or anything that involves children, this is a must. Someone seeking a gig babysitting could put a parent’s mind at ease knowing he or she has CPR knowledge. Even for volunteer work – at a nursing home, for example – this is a skill that can come in handy.

Real-life examples

It’s easy to say why it is important for people to learn CPR, but the message really hits home when you see the results. Here are just a few recent examples:

High school senior saves stranger’s life on New York City street

Just a couple weeks after learning CPR at his high school – which is mandatory in New York –

Anthony Rosa Conpres saved the life of a man who collapsed on a street in the Bronx.

Lacrosse player uses CPR to save the life of his teammate

When Colby Clay collapsed after being hit in the chest with a lacrosse ball during practice at his high school in Beaverton, Oregon, teammate Ben Wu’s CPR skills saved his life.

Senior saves senior: High school student uses CPR on an elderly man

High school senior Alex Cowie was working at the Action Fitness Gym in Hillsboro, Missouri, when she saw an older man suddenly collapse. Using the CPR skills she learned in school, she helped save the man’s life. Since CPR training became a requirement in Missouri high schools, this was the third time a student has used CPR to save a life in Hillsboro.

Don’t wait until Florida makes it mandatory in schools

If you’re a student, a parent of a student, or an educator, you should know that regardless of the state laws, CPR training is useful for everyone. At One Beat CPR + AED, our classes are taught by first responders with years of experience. Plus, we can bring the training to you. For more information, please get in touch.

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Surely Someone Else Knows What to Do?

Alarming trends on the lack of lifesaving training in the workplace

What would happen if one of your employees needed First Aid? How would your employees react if a co-worker showed signs of a heart attack or worse, went into a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)? Would they be able to give CPR?

Two recent surveys by the American Heart Association (AHA) suggest that most employees don’t know how to handle a cardiac emergency and have no training in First Aid, CPR or AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators).

The findings led the AHA to launch a new campaign in 2017 to promote awareness of the problem and encourage employers to provide training in these vital skills.

“Such training has the potential to save thousands of lives, considering there are 10,000 cardiac arrests in the workplace annually,” reports Facility Executive.

Key findings in the American Heart Association survey

The AHA survey included over 3,000 employees in a variety of fields, including corporate offices, hospitality, schools, industry/labor, and 1,000 safety managers in industries that are regulated by OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration). Among the findings:

  • More than half (55%) cannot get First Aid or CPR+AED training from their employer. And when employers do offer this training, it’s often either one or the other.
  • Half of all U.S. workers cannot locate the AED at work. In the hospitality industry, that number rises to two-thirds (66%).

Safety managers and OSHA-regulated industries are pushing to have employees offer more frequent training to better prepare their workers to handle emergencies.

“The data suggests these untrained employees may be relying on their untrained peers in the event of an emergency, leaving employees with a false sense of security,” according to the American Heart Association.

How First Aid, CPR, and AEDs save lives

CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is designed to help save lives when someone has stopped breathing or their heart has stopped. It combines breathing into the mouth and chest compressions to keep oxygenated blood flowing to the brain and other organs until help arrives. “CPR can double or triple chances of survival after cardiac arrest,” according to the American Heart Association.

An AED is a device used to help anyone who may be experiencing cardiac arrest (the heart stops beating) or loses its normal rhythm. An AED is “a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use medical device that can analyze the heart’s rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.”

Training employees how to perform CPR or use AEDs is critical because it can – and does – save lives.

According to an OSHA survey…

  • 33% said lives have been saved at home and at the workplace as a result of First Aid, CPR, and AED training provided at work
  • 78% said injuries or medical conditions have been treated in the workplace with this training
  • 73% consider First Aid/CPR/AED training as equally important as other safety training

Sadly, when training is offered in the workplace, it’s often done in response to an incident. By then, it may be too late for someone. The study also showed that younger workers are also less likely to take part in training, which may be due to the mistaken belief that they are at decreased risk. Still, it’s important for workers of all ages to be trained in these techniques since anyone might be called upon to save a life.

Join the movement to provide First Aid, CPR and AED training to your employees. Find out more about the different training options that are available from One Beat CPR + AED.

It Makes Sense at the Office, But Should You Have an AED in Your Home? on onebeatcpr.com

It Makes Sense at the Office, But Should You Have an AED in Your Home?

Learn how this device could save a loved one or even yourself

The American Heart Association (AHA) recently released the latest statistics on out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA), and the numbers are troubling. According to the AHA, more than 356,000 people experience OHCA every year, and about 90 percent of them don’t survive. And the vast majority of these instances – almost 70 percent – take place in a person’s home.

How can the survival rate of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) victims be improved?

One of the key ways to help an SCA victim is by administering CPR and deploying an automated external defibrillator (AED) immediately. Those AHA numbers reveal that the survival rate for people whose heart stopped in a public place is almost 40 percent, and this is almost certainly related to two factors.

First, with the possibility of many people in the area, there is a good chance that at least someone is familiar with CPR. Second, these days, many public places – like offices and airports – have automated external defibrillators on hand. Conversely, the survival rate for someone experiencing SCA at home is less than 28 percent.

The benefits of an AED in your home

AEDs save thousands of lives each year. If there were better access to them even more people could be saved. Research from a recent study found that when a bystander used an AED on an SCA victim, their survival rate increased substantially (66.5 percent versus 43 percent).

AEDs are extremely easy to use

An AED works by analyzing the rhythms of the heart through electrodes. If the rhythms aren’t normal, it sends an electric charge to the heart, which will ideally return the heartbeat to its regular pattern. This may sound kind of complicated, but all AEDs are simple to use. You just put the electrodes on the person, follow the instructions, and the machine takes over.

Training is helpful, but it’s not absolutely necessary

Because AEDs are so user-friendly, you don’t necessarily need training. Unfortunately, many people who have never used an AED often hesitate to do so because of this lack of education. Fortunately, many CPR classes now offer AED instruction, which can help people be more confident and willing to take action in an emergency.

Who should consider adding an AED to their home?

The scary part of SCA is that it is often the first sign of a heart problem, which means someone may not have shown any symptoms beforehand. And while the easy answer to this AED question is “everyone,” there are certain people who should strongly consider getting one, including:

Those with heart conditions

If someone has been diagnosed with certain congenital heart defects, heart disease, or is at risk for heart issues, an AED is strongly advised.

Senior citizens

The average age of someone who suffers a sudden cardiac arrest is 60, so older people can most benefit from having an AED in their home.

Households with at least two people

Clearly, if you are unconscious, you won’t be able to use an AED on yourself, so you will need to get help from someone else in the home.

Want to learn more about AEDs?

At One Beat CPR, our CPR classes include AEDs, so you will get hands-on training in how to use one. Plus, we sell AEDs and can help you figure out which one is right for you. To get more information about everything we offer, feel free to contact us.

The Most Productive Way to Spend Three Hours

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If you’re looking to put those three hours to good use, consider learning to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

Does it surprise you to know you’ll get more than 4.7 billion suggestions from Google if you ask the search engine about things you can do in three hours? Most range from the practical, such as running a marathon and cooking a 14-pound turkey – to the absurdly specific, such as getting coronary bypass surgery to taking a tour aboard the S.S. Minnow.

If you’re looking to put those three hours to good use, consider learning to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The average CPR course takes only about three hours, rewarding you with a lifetime skill that can save lives. Here’s what’s in store for you:

What will I learn?

  • The American Heart Association describes cardiopulmonary resuscitation in plain English as an emergency lifesaving procedure performed when the heart stops beating. Immediate CPR can double or triple chances of survival after cardiac arrest. CPR is important because it helps to keep blood flow active, and this extends the opportunity for a successful resuscitation once trained emergency medical staff to arrive.
  • One thing you’ll discover is a common misunderstanding about CPR. It doesn’t restart a heart after cardiac arrest. The timed compressions to a person’s chest cavity only help to keep blood flow active. To restart a heart after cardiac arrest, you would need an automated external defibrillator (AED), and you’ll learn about these devices during quality training.
  • The course will teach you how to perform CPR on adults, as well as children. You’ll also get insight into why men are also more likely to receive CPR than women – but hopefully, you’ll help to reverse these statistics.The CPR process has to be slightly modified to perform on children below a certain age, and you’ll learn about these variations during the class. Even children themselves can be taught to perform CPR. Recent studies show that children in the sixth grade are capable of using hands-only CPR to save lives.
  • A portion of the class will help you to understand the difference between cardiac arrest and a heart attack. It’s important to know the difference – especially the link between both, and what you should immediately do in each case.

You’ll also learn that, like many lifelong skills, it’s important to review what you’ve learned by taking a CPR recertification class. And, yes, after taking a three-hour CPR course – especially when it’s certified by the American Heart Association – you will be officially certified to perform this life-saving procedure.

Where can I take a CPR course?

The American Heart Association has many authorized training locations throughout the United States, where you can take a course. If you’re interested and have the time, you can learn additional skills as well. For example, you might want to supplement your CPR training with a First Aid course.

This is usually an instructor-led course that teaches you critical skills to respond to and manage an injury in the first few minutes until emergency medical services arrive. You’ll learn the duties and responsibilities, as well as first aid actions for many common medical emergencies such as choking, cuts, broken bones, sprains, insect bites or stings, strokes, and more.

Got three free hours? Use it to become a life-saver! Check here for available course dates and times.

9 Heart Conditions You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

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While the chances of having any of these issues are rare, it’s not impossible

The word “rare” can help calm our inner hypochondriac. Arming yourself with the knowledge of rare diseases can also help individuals recognize the warning signs of an uncommon ailment. Here are 9 heart conditions that most people aren’t aware of:

  1. Tricuspid atresia. While this may sound like a deep-sea creature, it’s actually a very serious condition. The “tricuspid” is a heart valve; tricuspid atresia is when this valve is either missing or deformed.
  2. Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC). ARVC causes fibrofatty replacement in the heart’s right ventricle and in the subepicardial of the left ventricle. Symptoms may include heart palpitations or loss of consciousness and can lead to sudden cardiac arrest.
  3. Kounis syndrome. This is the clinical name for an allergic reaction that causes angina (severe chest pain) or a heart attack. When histamine is released by the body, it can cause spasms in the heart’s blood vessels, restricting blood flow and producing chest pain.
  4. Cardiac syndrome X. While originally identified as “Syndrome X,” today, most cardiologist know it as the more descriptive “microvascular angina.” The condition is characterized by abnormalities in the heart’s micro-arteries that lead to angina.
  5. Takotsubo cardiomyopathy. “A pot used for trapping octopus” – that’s what “takotsubo” means in Japanese. Sometimes referred to as “stress cardiomyopathy” or “broken-heart syndrome,” people suffering from this condition have an abnormally-shaped heart. The syndrome is thought to be a reaction to emotional stress and can manifest in chest pain and shortness of breath.
  6. Prinzmetal angina. Also known as coronary artery spasm, variant angina, or angina inversa, this particular type of chest pain is caused by spasms in the vessels that nourish the heart muscle. Similar to Kounis syndrome, these spasms restrict blood flow to the heart, resulting in angina.
  7. Right heart hypoplasia. This congenital defect of the heart is marked by underdevelopment of the right atrium and ventricle. The abnormality can prevent the lungs from receiving adequate blood flow.
  8. Torsades de pointes. The name of this condition refers to the ECG patterns produced by the heart in these cases. The abnormal heart rhythms expressed by these ECG readings can have life-threatening implications. While in most cases there’s not an imminent risk of sudden cardiac arrest, as the condition advances, the risk increases.
  9. Barlow’s syndrome. When any of the mitral valve flaps fail to close as they should or one is floppy, the patient is diagnosed with Barlow’s syndrome. Although many patients don’t present with symptoms, it’s one of the more common of these uncommon heart conditions.

A broader view of heart disease

Of course, these conditions are rare. However, all forms of heart disease combined are the leading cause of death for both men and women, with Coronary Artery Disease (CHD) being the leading contributor. CHD is caused by the build-up of plaque in the walls of arteries that lead to the heart – meaning it can often be mitigated or prevented with healthy lifestyle choices.

In general, diseases affecting the heart are classified into separate genres. If you’d like to learn more about the primary types of heart disease, we encourage you to read our blog, “Defining the Five Types of Heart Disease”.