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Give Your Feline Friend a Cuddle, October 29 is National Cat Day!

8 Reasons Why Cats are Are Good For Your Health

 

Although we’re keeping ourselves plenty busy at the EMS World Expo in Nashville this week, we decided to have a little feline fun in honor of National Cat Day. Without further ado, here are a few little-known facts about cats and why owning a cat is good for your heart and good for your health.

Love ‘em or loathe ‘em, these fluffy, independent creatures are crazy good for your health. Whether you live with a snuggle bunny or an aloof loner, having a cat around has some surprising health benefits.

Reason #1: Cats Can Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease

We’re Cardio Partners, after all, so we figured we’d start with the heart. True fact: owning a cat can reduce your risk of a heart attack by 30%. A study published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Neurology confirmed that cat owners were at a decreased risk for death due to myocardial infarction and all cardiovascular diseases (including stroke)! In fact, the researchers went so far as to note that the “Acquisition of cats as domestic pets may represent a novel strategy for reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases in high-risk individuals” (US National Library of Medicine).

Reason #2: You’ll Sleep Better (Which is Also Good for Your Heart)

According to a study published by the Center for Sleep Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, “Are Pets in the Bedroom a Problem?” a whopping 41% of pet owners indicated that they sleep better when their pet snoozes with them and just 20% reported that their pet was “disruptive.” To bring it all back to heart health, sleep is essential for a healthy heart. People who don’t sleep enough are at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease — regardless of age, weight, smoking, and exercise habits (National Sleep Foundation).

Reason #3: Purring is Good for Your Bones

And your muscles and tendons, too! That comforting purr your furry friend produces may be as good for your body as it is for your soul. According to Scientific American, “Scientists have demonstrated that cats produce the purr through intermittent signaling of the laryngeal and diaphragmatic muscles. Cats purr during both inhalation and exhalation with a consistent pattern and frequency between 25 and 150 Hertz. Various investigators have shown that sound frequencies in this range can improve bone density and promote healing.”

Reason #4: Men with Cats are Perceived as Kinder and More Attractive

We can’t make this stuff up if we tried. Dr. June Nicholls, a leading pet researcher and psychologist in the United Kingdom, found that women were more attracted to men who like animals. Specifically, the study noted that men who like cats are also more likely to be perceived by women as being nicer, more caring people.

Reason #5: Cats Help You Fight Depression and Stress

When you pet your cat (or, to be fair, your dog), the levels of feel-good hormones like serotonin, oxytocin, and prolactin in your body rise dramatically. Each of these hormones are critical to your psychological well-being. Simply having a cat around can help your body ward off stress and fight depression.

Reason #6: Your Kids will Enjoy Fewer Sniffles and Sneezes

From allergies, at least. The National Institutes of Health released a study in 2002 that found that children under a year old who were exposed to a cat were less likely to develop all kinds of allergies, including seasonal allergies!

Reason #7: Watching Cat Videos is Actually Good for You!

Step away from the afternoon coffee and take a peek at Lil’ BUB instead. According to a study conducted by assistant professor Jessica Gall Myrick at Indiana University Bloomington and published in Computers in Human Behavior, watching cat videos can boost your energy, stimulate positive emotions, and decrease negative feelings.

Reason #8: They’re a Positive Force for Public Health

Cats kill unwanted critters, and that’s a very good thing. CNN reported in 2016 that rat complaints in cities throughout the country were soaring. Rats, as we all know, are dirty little creatures that carry the newly resurgent bubonic plague and antibiotic-resistant E.coli and C. diff. “Rat-to-human infections aren’t merely a horrific possibility, they are a reality,” said Dr. Chelsea Himsworths, who studies the vermin of Vancouver. After testing rats that came from a particular neighborhood with high rates of human MRSA cases, she found that the rats carried the same MRSA strain. Cats not only eliminate disease-carrying vermin but by rubbing their scent in an area they also discourage future infestations.

That’s all for now, folks! Happy National Cat Day! If you’re in Nashville, we’d love to see you and your cat pictures at the EMS World Expo. You can find the Cardio Partners team at Booth #1947, just outside of the Learning Center. Or, for more information about our services, give us a call at 866-349-4362 or email us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

 

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Cardio Partners to Attend EMS World Expo in Nashville

Music City Center Hosts Annual EMS World Expo October 29-November 2

Next week, the Cardio Partners team and our sister company, BoundTree Medical, will join more than 360 exhibitors and nearly 6,000 attendees from more than 50 countries for the annual EMS World Expo at the Music City Center in Nashville.

You can find our team at Booth #1947, just outside of the Learning Center. Our friends and colleagues from BoundTree Medical can be found at Booth #800.

“Because Cardio Partners is a nationwide provider of medical equipment and services, it can be difficult to schedule one-on-one interactions with our customers, so this Expo is a great opportunity for us to meet some of our current, long-standing customers. It’s also the perfect venue to network with our colleagues and vendors and to meet many other EMS professionals that we would not otherwise have the opportunity to interact with,” says Fire/EMS Account Manager Shane Burton.

Our passionate team will be on hand to show EMS teams how our “like new” refurbished equipment and products can dramatically reduce costs, freeing up valuable budget dollars for other life-saving expenses. We are also happy to take unwanted, used defibrillators and AEDs off your hands! We offer cash or an equipment credit in return. Our factory-trained and certified technicians are also happy to discuss how servicing your existing equipment can dramatically extend its functional life. Cardio Partners is pleased to offer some of the best labor-repair rates in the country.

Not only will all major AED manufacturers such as Cardiac Science, Defibtech, Philips, Physio/Heartsine, and ZOLL be in attendance, but thousands of emergency medical personnel will have the opportunity to get to know one another and share valuable resources and insights. Curious about the different makes and models of AEDs? We encourage you to check out our Complete Guide to AED Manufacturers.

The EMS World Expo brings together EMS professionals from all around the world for three days of networking, workshops, symposia, continuing education, and ridealongs with the Nashville Fire Department. The Expo enables EMS professionals to get the training they need to increase the quality of patient care. The three-day schedule focuses on progressive curriculum and technology and provides up-to-the-minute solutions that EMS professionals can begin utilizing immediately.

Hosted in partnership with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), the EMS World Expo takes place over five days, with two days of pre-conference workshops and three days of conference sessions and exhibits.

Some of the workshops, panel discussions, and events that are scheduled during the Expo include:

ABOUT Cardio Partners

Cardio Partners is a national leader in emergency prevention and an ardent advocate in the fight against Sudden Cardiac Arrest. As a provider of complete cardiac solutions, we supply consultation, equipment and end-to-end training. We are an authorized master distributor of all FDA-approved defibrillator devices and are committed to providing customers with the best value in the industry for new and recertified equipment. We also offer AHA and ARC training courses nationwide, along with state-of-the-art online program management to fully support our customers’ safety programs.

For more information about our services, call our team at 866-349-4362 or email us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

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What Causes Sudden Death in Young People?

These 4 Heart Problems Are Often Blamed for Sudden Death in Young People

SCA in youth

Although thankfully very rare, sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) claims the lives of an estimated 6,000-8,000 individuals under the age of 35 each year (Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation).  While a vast majority of the more than 356,000 cardiac arrests that are recorded each year occur in adults over the age of 35 who suffer from coronary artery disease, these numbers are still something to be concerned about. The Mayo Clinic estimates that perhaps 1 in every 50,000 SCA deaths a year occurs in young athletes.

While it’s uncommon, and millions of elementary, high school, and collegiate athletes compete each year without incident, SCA can happen at any time and to anyone. If you think that you or your child might be at risk of sudden death, be sure to talk to your doctor about precautions you can take.

What Causes Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Young People?

Causes of SCA in children and young adults vary; however, most often death is a result of genetic heart abnormalities, structural abnormalities, or commotio cordis.

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

Typically an inherited condition, HCM causes the heart muscle cells to enlarge and which then causes the walls of the ventricle (usually the left ventricle) to thicken. This may block the blood flow out of the ventricle — if this occurs, it’s called obstructive HCM.

Non-obstructive HCM, according to the American Heart Association, “can affect the heart’s mitral valve, causing blood to leak backward through the valve. Sometimes, the thickened heart muscle doesn’t block blood flow out of the left ventricle. This is referred to as non-obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The entire ventricle may thicken, or the thickening may happen only at the bottom of the heart. The right ventricle also may be affected.”

HCM is very common and affects men and women equally. Often, people who have HCM experience no warning signs or symptoms. Others may experience shortness of breath or disruptions to the heart’s electrical system which can lead to fast or irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias) and may result in SCA. Although usually not fatal, HCM it often goes undetected and is the most common cause of heart-related sudden death in people under 30.

Congenital Coronary Artery Abnormalities

Occasionally people are born with unusual or abnormal heart arteries. If this occurs, arteries may become compressed during exercise and not provide adequate blood flow to the heart.

Long QT Syndrome

Long QT syndrome, caused by abnormalities of proteins in the heart, is also an inherited heart rhythm disorder that may lead to fainting and can cause life-threatening arrhythmias. People with long QT syndrome are at an increased risk for suffering from cardiac arrest. Nearly half of the individuals with long QT never exhibit a symptom of the abnormality. Although there is no cure, medication may help (SADS Foundation).

Commotio Cordis

We discussed commotio cordis at length in March, but in a nutshell, this rare cause of sudden cardiac death can occur in anyone. Because it occurs as the result of a blunt blow to the chest, which can cause ventricular fibrillation, athletes are especially susceptible. The average age of athletes who suffer from sudden cardiac arrest is just 17 and more than two-thirds of young athletes who die suddenly are basketball and football players. Baseball, softball, hockey, and lacrosse players, however, are also especially susceptible to commotio cordis.

What are the Warning Signs of Heart Problems in Young People?

Unfortunately, sudden cardiac death often occurs with no warning or indication. However, if you or your child experience dizziness or unexplained fainting during physical activity, it could be an indication that the heart isn’t working properly.  Likewise, if you or your child experience shortness of breath or chest pain, speak to your doctor immediately!

Finally, if there’s a family history of sudden cardiac death or unexplained deaths before the age of 50, you may want to discuss cardiac screening options with your physician.

Cardio Partners offers CPR, first aid, and AED training courses in all 50 states in traditional classroom settings and in blended learning courses. To learn more about our courses or to equip your facilities with an AED, call our team at 866-349-4362, visit aed.com or email Cardio Partners at customerservice@cardiopartners.com. We’d love to hear from you!

 

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