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The 2018 Cardio Partners Gift Guide & Holiday Sale

Looking for the perfect gift for the life-saver in your family? You’ve come to the right place.

 

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Cardio Partners and AED.com! To celebrate, we’ve come up with a few unique gift ideas for the heart- and safety-conscious souls in your family.

Use the discount code HOLIDAY2018 at checkout to get 10% off your entire AED.com or Cardio Partners purchase.

For the On-the-Go Professional: Curaplex Pocket Mask with O2 Inlet

The Curaplex Pocket Mask with O2 Inlet is the perfect stocking stuffer for teachers, office managers, consultants, fitness instructors, and facilities managers, or just about anyone who is CPR-certified! This affordable, compact mask is suitable for use on adults, children, and infants and features a disposable one-way valve with a 3M Filtrete hydrophobic filter to help prevent the transmission of liquids and other secretions. The oxygen inlet facilitates the delivery of oxygen to breathing and non-breathing individuals. The pre-inflated cuff makes for quick and easy application and the compact carrying case keeps your mask in perfect working condition.

For the Always Prepared: Curaplex Stop the Bleed Kits

Earlier this year, our good friends at the Brentwood Fire and Rescue Department led a hands-on Stop the Bleed training at our offices just outside of Nashville. Since then, we’ve been huge proponents of these supplemental training programs, and we are pleased to offer Curaplex Stop the Bleed kits start at just $59.99. These compact kits are designed to provide a rescuer (whether a  civilian bystander or a first responder) with immediate access to life-saving products that can control bleeding and traumatic hemorrhaging.


These vacuum-packed and tamper-proof kits include:

  • 2 rolls of primed, compressed gauze dressing
  • 1 C-A-T® tourniquet
  • 1 emergency bandage
  • 1 permanent marker
  • 2 pairs of gloves, latex-free, large
  • Pair of trauma shears, 7.5”
  • Detailed and easy-to-follow directions

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

For the Life-Long Learner: CPR and First Aid Training

If you’ve always wondered what you’d learn in a CPR class, CPR and First Aid training may be the perfect gift to give to yourself! It’s also the ideal gift for all the babysitters, new parents, high school students, and teachers on your list. Need some more convincing? Read our post, 10 Reasons Why You Should Learn CPR — and then sign up for a class near you!

For the Newly First Aid Certified: A Brand-New First Aid Kit

We carry a wide range of first aid kits. Our entry-level Curaplex First Aid Kit comes in a compact metal case. The case is portable or can be mounted for easy access. The kit includes one of each of the following:

  • Bandage, latex-free, 2”
  • Triangular bandage, with two pins, 36” x 51”
  • Box of adhesive bandages
  • Box of knuckle bandages
  • Gauze bandage, large, 24” x 72”
  • Roll of tape, waterproof, ½”
  • Roll of stretch gauze, 2” x 4 yd
  • Bottle of burn spray, 3 oz
  • Pair of scissors, 4-1/2”
  • Bottle of eye wash, 4 oz
  • Box of antiseptic wipes
  • Box of ammonia inhalants
  • Cold pack
  • Metal case

For the New Recruit: The Curaplex Officer Down Kit

The Curaplex Officer Down Individual First Aid Kits (IFAK) are designed for law enforcement officers, first responders, or members of the military. These highly portable individual trauma kits contain the essential supplies needed to treat life-threatening traumatic injuries — such as gunshot wounds or stab wounds — that occur in the field or in a combat environment.

For the Cardiac Arrest Survivor: An AED for the Home

If you’re looking a unique gift for your loved one, an automated external defibrillator is just the ticket. There are a lot of things to consider when purchasing an AED, so we recommend reading our post, Which AED is Right for You, or downloading our AED Starter’s Guide before making a decision. As of publication, our recertified Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 Plus was listed at $599, and we invite you to call us for pricing on our recertified HeartSine Samaritan PAD 300P (supplies are limited).

For our full line up of AEDs, CPR and AED Training, AED Accessories & Storage, and AED Services, call Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362. You can also email us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

Don’t forget to enter the discount code HOLIDAY2018 and save 10% off your entire order! Offer expires on December 31, 2018.

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Can Energy Drinks Cause Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

Are Energy Drinks Worth the Health Risks?

According to a recent Global Energy Drink Market Analysis, the market size for these popular beverages is expected to reach a whopping $72 billion by 2024 and is rising at an incredible market growth rate of 7.1%.

Energy drinks are big business. But are they really good for you?

While consumers are endorsing them with their dollars, physicians around the globe are calling for more research into the safety of the drinks and the World Health Organization warns that “Increased consumption of energy drinks may pose danger to public health, especially among young people.”

Last year the Washington Post reported that a South Carolina high school student collapsed and died after drinking a latte, a Mountain Dew, and an energy drink. “His sudden death may have remained a medical mystery, the coroner who conducted his autopsy said, if friends hadn’t described what Davis ingested during lunch: Enough caffeine to disrupt and ultimately stop his heart.”

What Are Energy Drinks?

We all probably know someone who relies on the heart-pounding wallop that guzzling an energy drink can provide, but what’s in them? And are they safe? Energy drinks (EDs) are commonly used as a dietary supplement by young adolescents and adults to boost physical performance or enhance concentration. For some, the number of “Monsters” or “Red Bulls” consumed serves as an indication of just how hard they’ve studied or how much they’ve been working.

Most EDs contain a variety of ingredients, but pharmaceutical-grade caffeine and additional caffeine from other natural sources is often the primary stimulant. By way of comparison, some energy drinks contain up to 400 milligrams (mg) of caffeine per can or bottle, compared to 100-150 mg in a typical cup of coffee.

Other components commonly found in these drinks include guarana, yerba mate, taurine, theophylline, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, vitamins, and L-carnitine. The long-term health effects of these additives are not well-documented.

Like caffeine, however, these additional ingredients are also believed to increase one’s energy and stimulate mental performance. Both guarana and yerba mate are natural sources of caffeine, making the total amount of caffeine in an ED hard to determine. Because of this, the actual amount of caffeine contained in an ED may not be accurately reflected on its label, making it difficult for consumers to understand how much of the stimulant they’re actually ingesting.

What are the Adverse Side-Effects of Energy Drinks?

In 2017, US News and World Report noted that in 2016 there were more than 20,000 emergency room visits attributed to the ingestion of energy drinks. And, because the drinks are often marketed to younger consumers, some 1,145 Americans ages 12 to 17 were admitted to emergency rooms for energy drink-related health emergencies in 2007. That number climbed to 1,499 in 2011 (Centers for Disease Control).

Although most healthy adults can enjoy the occasional energy drink without harm, possible side effects of consuming EDs include: elevated blood pressure, dehydration, insomnia, anxiety, increased heart rate, increased corrected QT interval, supraventricular arrhythmia, ventricular arrhythmia, coronary artery spasm, coronary artery thrombosis, aortic dissection, and sudden cardiac death.

Recent research shows just one energy drink can affect blood vessel function (Science Daily). Other studies have shown that caffeine-and-herbal combinations can increase stress hormones and are linked to changes in blood pressure and the heart’s electrical activity.

Potential long-term, chronic effects may include hypertensive heart disease, coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis, cerebrovascular disease, and peripheral arterial disease.

“Energy drinks are frequently consumed by young athletes and there are reports of morbidity and mortality associated with consumption. In particular, susceptible individuals include younger, smaller, caffeine-naïve/sensitive, pregnant or breastfeeding women and those with underlying medical conditions. While most healthy adults can consume a single energy drink without any significant negative acute health effects, the long-term effects of chronic consumption have not been well studied” (American College of Cardiology).

What are Some Healthy Alternatives to Energy Drinks?

Not only are EDs packed with unhealthy levels of caffeine, but they’re also loaded with sugar. You may have noticed that we’re on a health kick around here, so be sure to check out our heart-healthy posts including 5 Strategies to Prevent Heart Disease, The Great American Smokeout, and  How Obesity Plays a Role in Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Young People.

In the meantime, here are a few healthy alternatives to energy drinks for you to incorporate into your diet and lifestyle to help ensure that your body is working at its best:

  • Protein: Put down the can and step away from the sugar and caffeine! Healthy, lean proteins can help keep our bodies alert and encourage our bodies to burn calories.
  • Dark chocolate: An ounce or two of dark chocolate contains just enough caffeine and flavonoids to give your brain a boost.
  • Water: Ditch the ED and grab a glass of water. If you need a little kick, squeeze in a slice or two of lemon.
  • Exercise: Take a quick break from your studies and your deadlines and run around the block or jog in place. It’s the perfect way to get the blood flowing.
  • Green Tea: If you’re still craving a jolt of caffeine, green tea is the way to go. All the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties can’t hurt, either!
  • Green Juices or Smoothies: Dark green veggies such as spinach, kale, and parsley are full of B vitamins that our metabolism needs to run at full steam.

For information about purchasing a new or recertified AED for your home or workplace, visit AED.com or call Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362. We also welcome your emails, you can reach us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

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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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