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Know the difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest

Though heart attack and cardiac arrest may sound similar, these medical emergencies could not be more different. A person suffering from a heart attack has a blocked artery preventing the blood flow to the heart, while a cardiac arrest is a result of an electrical disturbance in heart. This malfunction causes an irregular heartbeat, which prevents blood from pumping to the brain, lungs and other organs.

Recognize the symptoms

The symptoms of a cardiac arrest and heart attack are drastically different. In moments, a person can go into cardiac arrest. Usually, a victim will become unresponsive and stop breathing unexpectedly or start gasping for air. Whereas for a heart attack, symptoms can be immediate, but also have the potential to start out slowly, lasting for hours, days or even weeks prior to a heart attack. Major symptoms include shortness of breath, cold sweats, nausea, and vomiting. It could also cause a strong discomfort in the chest as well as other parts of the upper body. Women may experience different symptoms than men such as back or jaw pain. 

How to respond to both 

Call 9-1-1. If a person believes he or she is having a heart attack or cardiac arrest, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1. Regardless of whether or not you know the type of emergency, it’s important to get help on the way as soon as possible. The sooner emergency medical services arrive, the faster they can start treatment. Remember, every second counts! For some victims, a cardiac arrest or heart attack can be reversible if treated in time.

Take action. Is it a cardiac arrest? Start preforming CPR right away. Should an automated external defibrillator (AED) be available, quickly use it to help the victim. If possible, have a second person call the emergency number while responding to the person in need of treatment.



What you need to know about out-of-hospital cardiac arrests

More than 1,000 people will suffer a non-traumatic out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) every day, says a 2014 report by the American Heart Association. Among those who experience OHCA, the overall survival rate is approximately 10 percent. For younger victims, the survival rate decreases to about 5 percent.

For some, odds can increase with automated external defibrillation. According to the report, 23 percent of EMS-treated OHCA cases have initial rhythm of ventricular fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia. This means treatment with an AED could improve chances of survival.

Learn more about OHCAs below:

Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in adults

  • Approximately 424,000 people experience a non-traumatic OHCA every year
  • Of those victims, 60 percent are treated by EMS
  • Having a family history of cardiac arrest or prior heart disease is a major risk factor for cardiac arrest
  • There’s a higher percentage (10.2 percent) of survival among those who received chest compressions alone rather than chest compressions and rescue breathing (8.5 percent)

Out of hospital cardiac arrest in youth

  • Nearly 9,500 children under the age of 18 suffer a non-traumatic OHCA
  • Following an EMS-treated non-traumatic OHCA, only about an estimated 5.4 percent of youth survive to hospital discharge
  • Almost 7,000 fatalities occur in children each year due to OHCA


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BBB Urges You to Be Prepared for a Sudden Health Crisis During AED/CRP Awareness Week & National Safety Month –

Sudden Cardiac Arrest can happen to anyone! In recognition of CPR/AED (automated external defibrillator) Awareness week and National Safety Month, BBB wants to stress the importance of businesses being prepared and equipped in times of a health crisis.

Sudden cardiac arrest claims the lives of approximately 1,300 people each day in the U.S., according to Cardio Partner Resources, a BBB accredited business certified by the American Heart Association to conduct CPR/AED workplace trainings.

“With my many years of experience of EMS I knew the importance of CPR training and early defibrillation,” said Brian Leonard, training division and national accounts director at Cardio Partner Resources. “It became a personal passion when my father died of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the leading cause of death in the U.S. and the current survival rate is only 5%. By simply training employees in CPR and deploying an AED, survival rates can raise as high as 75%.”

During this week each year, CPR/AED classes and demonstrations are conducted, events are hosted and educational information is distributed on the importance of being trained in CPR and AED use. It’s also National Safety Month and the National Safety Council recommends before heading to the pool or beach this summer, making sure everyone knows how to swim and someone in the group has been trained in First Aid and CPR. For information on CPR, First Aid and AED training programs in your area, visit

Cardio Partner Resources team of certified experts provide CPR and AED training, equipping trainees with all the necessary tools to implement a successful AED and First Aid program, which includes automated AED machines that walk users through all required steps of resuscitation.

Steve Bernas, president and CEO of Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois says “The greatest asset of any company is its employees, and having several of our staff go through the potential life-saving training offered by Cardio Partner Resources and installing a AED Unit in our headquarters is something everyone in our company values for their security and well being.”

“There is no misusing this thing, it talks to you, it tells you what to do, it’s amazing,” said Kelly McClellan, Human Resources Manager at BBB serving Chicago and Northern Illinois, who participated in the training along with seven of her coworkers.

“For me personally the training was very beneficial, I have 6 children and 6.5 grandchildren, elderly grandparents and a father-in-law who has a heart condition. I feel I’m best prepared now… I think everyone should get trained,” she said.

Over 350,000 people suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests each year in the U.S. and only 10% of them survive, according to Survival depends on getting CPR immediately from a bystander within the first few minutes following cardiac arrest, before first responders arrive.

BBB encourages you to get trained. It’s the only way to be prepared. For valuable lifesaving information during national safety week check out the National Safety Council website and



ABOUT CARDIO PARTNER RESOURCES: Cardio Partner Resources is a national training center for the American Heart Association with a network of over 350 qualified instructors nationwide. Our clients range from some of the largest national corporations with multiple locations, to local companies with one location. We customize each AED and training program to meet our client’s budgets, needs and expectations. We understand that each client has specific needs and never hard sell an AED brand or a solution; instead Cardio Partners works with the client in determining the best solution for them.

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Summer Safety Tips


Summer is a season filled with sunshine, barbecues, and recreational swimming! Whether in a pool at home, at a friend’s, at the lake or the ocean, many kids and adults choose swimming as a top recreational activity each summer.

Water safety is top priority for many parents for good reason. According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of death in children ages 1-4. Though prevention is key, knowing how to perform CPR could save a life, like in this recent story of a 6th grader saving her friend by performing CPR after nearly drowning.

Staggering Swimming Stats:

  • About 91 million people over the age of 16 swim in oceans, lakes, and rivers each year in the United States.
  • More than half of fatal and nonfatal drownings among those 15 years and older occurred in natural water settings, including lakes, rivers and oceans.
  • In the U.S. alone, there are 10.4 million residential pools and 309,000 public swimming facilities (according to the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals).
  • Among children ages 1 to 4, most drownings occur in home swimming pools.

Cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) involves performing cycles of chest compressions and providing rescue breaths. For an unconscious person who is not breathing, a rescuer providing quality chest compressions does the work of the heart and lungs, circulating oxygen-rich blood to the brain, keeping vital organs alive and preserving brain function.

Anyone can perform CPR, however with training, potential rescuers are better prepared, more confident and more efficient at providing high-quality CPR.

Hands-only CPR:
Three easy steps to remember when performing hands-only CPR.

Ensure the scene is safe and call 911

Shout “Are you okay?” If unresponsive, immediately begin CPR

Press the heel of one hand on the chest, and place your other hand on top of the first and begin compressions pushing hard and fast at the rate of 100 to 120 beats per minute

Think “Staying Alive, Imperial March (Darth Vader’s theme song), Sweet Home Alabama and Dancing Queen. All have a rhythm of 100 beats per minute.

Water Safety & Drowning Prevention

Learn to Swim
1. Make certain everyone in your family know how to swim well.
2. Enroll young children in formal swimming lessons as soon as age-appropriate.

1. Teach children to ask for permission to go near water.
2. Have young or inexperienced swimmers wear life jackets.
3. Use the buddy system, never let anyone swim alone.

Prevent Unsupervised Access to the Water
1. Ensure that pool barriers enclose the entire pool area, are at least 4-feet high with gates that are self-closing, self-latching and open outward, and away from the pool.
2. Remove access to above-ground pools such as ladders and outdoor furniture when pool is not in use.

Maintain Close Supervision
1. Maintain a constant watchful eye on kids, even if a lifeguard is present.
2. Stay within arm’s reach of young children and avoid distractions when you are supervising.


Why CPR and AEDs?

While many people say they have been trained in CPR at some point in their life, most do not understand what CPR is actually doing and just how important performing high-quality chest compressions and providing rescue breaths really is.

If a person you love suddenly collapses and is no longer breathing, they are in Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). In a panic, you may think the only thing you can do is wait for EMS to arrive, but every moment of time is critical in this dire situation. YOU can be a rescuer.

For every 60 seconds that pass, chances of surviving drops by 10% without CPR or defibrillation. After just 4 minutes, brain damage begins to occur. After 10 minutes, it is unlikely they can be saved. EMS response times are often 12-14 minutes in metro areas and even longer in rural areas. Unfortunately waiting for professionals to arrive is far too late in most cases. Providing CPR as a bystander can double or even triple chances of survival.

Be prepared to save a life.

Download CPR/AED Awareness Guide

Heart Healthy Salmon Recipe

Packed with omega 3’s, salmon has many heart-health benefits. The fatty acids found in salmon are excellent for inflammation, eye health, cardiovascular health, and cancer prevention. Healthy fats isn’t all salmon has to offer, other powerful properties include vitamin D and selenium. Grilling season is upon us and what better way to kick off the nice weather, than to grill up some cedar planked salmon!  Your heart will thank you for it.


*Before grilling, soak the planks in wine, or water for 2-3 hours.
  • 4 wild-caught salmon filets or steaks
  • fresh lemon juice1 tablespoon
  • maple syrup, 2 teaspoons
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 
  • rosemary, dried, ½ teaspoon crushed
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • kosher salt
  • Garnish
  • scallions, 2 thinly sliced for garnish
  • lemon juice, fresh, 2 tablespoons


  1. Combine lemon juice, maple syrup, chili powder and rosemary and oil in a small bowl.
  2. Cover the salmon with the mixture and let it rest for 20 minutes at room temperature.
  3. Slice scallions.
  4. Pre-heat your grill at medium-high heat.
  5. Place the plank on the center of the grill and sprinkle cedar plank with kosher salt.
  6. Close the grill lid for a few minutes so top of plank dries slightly.
  7. Place the salmon in the center of the plank, leaving at least one-inch between the fish and the edge of the plank.
  8. Reduce heat to low.
  9. Close grill lid and cook for approximately 15 minutes or until desired doneness.
  10. Use a spray bottle to quench any fire on the edge of the plank.
  11. When cooked, put on serving platter and garnish with scallions.
  12. Serve with the lemon juice / seasoning mixture as an optional garnish.

Grilled (vitamin B rich) asparagus, or (vitamin C rich) sweet potatoes, make an excellent side dish for cedar planked salmon. Enjoy!