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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 You Need to Know to Stop the Bleed and Save a Life

Brentwood Fire and Rescue Department Leads Stop the Bleed Training at Cardio Partners

On Wednesday, Lt. Mike McCutcheon and Engineer Scott Barnes of the Brentwood Fire and Rescue Department led the Cardio Partners team in a hands-on Stop the Bleed training at the company’s Nashville headquarters. The highly experienced emergency medical first responders helped staff members better understand the contents of the company’s popular  Stop the Bleed kits and how to use them efficiently and effectively.

What is Stop the Bleed?

“Started in October of 2015 by the White House, Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and a call to action. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives” (Department of Homeland Security).

“If you don’t know how to use this,” cautioned Lt. McCutcheon, holding a tourniquet in his hands, “they will die right in front of you.”

Still reeling from a recent shooting at a nearby Antioch Waffle House and from the tragic Parkland and Las Vegas shootings, where bystanders jumped in and saved lives, participants took his somber warning to heart.

“For me, this was about outfitting myself with the skills to best help my neighbor/family member or anyone in the event of an emergency” – Sean Stargel, Cardio Account Specialist

A person who is bleeding severely can die from loss of blood in less than five minutes. As bystanders are typically the first on the scene in the event of a mass shooting, injury, or accident, first aid certification and Stop the Bleed training sessions are increasingly important. With the right training, anyone can help stabilize a victim and improve their chances of survival.

The training, despite its grim subject matter and sobering opening line, managed to strike a lighthearted tone and packed in a great deal of vital information. Covering basic bleed control techniques such as direct pressure, wound packing, compression, femoral pressure points, and tourniquet application, the course was comprehensive and confidence-inspiring.

If you’re interested in learning more about Preparing Your Community to “Stop the Bleed,” Cardio Partners’ sister company, Bound Tree Medical, held a webinar on the topic in February. The webinar is available for on-demand viewing.

What’s Included in a Stop The Bleed Kit?

Curaplex Stop the Bleed kits are designed to provide the user with immediate access to life-saving products that can control bleeding and traumatic hemorrhaging. These vacuum-packed and tamper-proof kits include:

  • A permanent marker
  • 2 pairs of gloves, latex-free, large
  • 1 C-A-T® tourniquet
  • 1 emergency bandage
  • Pair of trauma shears, 7.5”
  • 2 rolls of primed, compressed gauze dressing
  • A printed insert which shows instructions for use

Advanced kits include 1 Pack of HALO seals and QuikClot combat gauze.

How Can You Save a Life and Stop the Bleed?

Remain calm and rely on your training in the event of an emergency. Before you do anything, take stock of the situation and make sure you’re safe and out of the line of fire. If necessary, move yourself and the injured person to safety. Once you’ve done this, and it’s safe to do so, call 911 and then offer assistance to the victim or victims.

“Remember, it’s their emergency, not yours,” said McCutcheon. “If they’re still conscious, the likelihood of survival is good.”

The Office of Homeland Security has provided a series of simple instructions to help bystanders respond quickly and appropriately in the event of moderate to severe bleeding. These simple steps can help stabilize victims until professional medical assistance arrives.  

Venous bleeding is often characterized by blood that trickles or oozes from the site of the wound. Most often these types of injuries can be treated with pressure, compression bandages, or QuikClot Gauze. If the victim is conscious and alert, have them help themselves by elevating and applying pressure while you assess the situation and, if possible, put on gloves.

McCutcheon and Scott reiterated the importance of first assessing the situation for personal safety, then applying pressure, and if the bleeding does not stop, placing a tourniquet “high and tight” on the affected limb. You’ll know you’ve successfully applied the tourniquet when there’s no pulse and the bleeding has stopped. It’s worth noting that a correctly applied tourniquet is extremely painful. If you’re able, label the tourniquet with the time it was applied. This allows emergency personnel to provide the best care possible.

The firefighters also covered basic triage techniques, how to correctly apply HALO seals to sucking chest wounds, and how to stanch bleeding from junctional wounds (such as those located in the neck, armpit, or groin).

Time to enroll in a first aid course? Interested in learning more about our emergency first aid kits our a Curaplex Stop the Bleed kit? Call our team at 866-349-4362 or visit AED.com or CardioPartners.com for more information.

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