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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.

Recipe:

*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


Directions:

  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!

 

Spring into Action: Easy Tips to Avoid Heart Disease

Spring is FINALLY here! Spring means blossoms blooming, bees buzzing, rain raining, thunder thundering, lightning flashing, cool winds blowing, sunrise jogging, playground swinging, barbecuing, families gathering, sunset kissing, lemonade standing, and kids laughing. Spring means starting over, starting fresh and starting anew.

To millions of Americans, spring (and all of its spring-y-ness) is a reminder that they can’t do all of those things anymore because they suffer from heart disease. According to The American Heart Association (AHA), heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Over 800,000 Americans died of heart disease each year. That’s 1 out of every 3 deaths. Think about that the next time you sit down for family dinner. Look to your left and then to your right. One of you will die from heart disease. Those are sobering statistics.

What can we do to avoid becoming a statistic? The AHA lists smoking, physical inactivity, and poor nutrition, among others, as the leading causes of heart disease. A good start is to follow some simple dos and don’ts. Here are a few tips that could save your life:

Have a healthy eating plan: Choose foods low in salt and saturated fat. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish and nuts. Try to avoid sugary drinks and red meat. If you’ve got to have that steak, get the filet. It has the lowest amount of fat on the menu. Don’t make your diet goals too big. Set small goals of eating a little better each day and each week. You’ll notice a difference in how you look and feel.

Be physically active: Little bits of exercise each day can go a long way towards avoiding heart disease. The goal is to exercise 60 minutes each day. That’s a lofty target, and most of us just don’t have that kind of time. You can do small things like take the stairs instead of the elevator, or park on the far end of the parking lot instead of right next to the grocery store. You will find yourself feeling stronger in no time.

Tame your stress: Easier said than done, right? The AHA says long term stress can cause increases in heart rate and blood pressure that may damage artery walls. Learning stress management techniques like deep breathing exercises will not only benefit your body, but also your quality of life.

Spring Into Action! And make small choices today that will pay off the rest of your life. Your friends and family will love you for it!

Written by John Bryson, Director of Marketing, DXE Medical Inc.

AED.com Donates to Nashville Inner City Ministry

Former Nashville Fire Chief, Buck Dozier, reached out to DXE Medical to share about this great organization and the need for an AED. Last month we had the opportunity to meet the wonderful people at Nashville Inner City Ministry, a faith-based organization that focuses on helping kids from economically challenged neighborhoods in Nashville.  

NICM offers various programs for children and teens throughout the year, from summer camps to learning centers, the group works closely with local churches and volunteers to make learning fun.  Their converted school buses, also known as rolling classrooms, are much more than transportation – it’s a vehicle of hope.

DXE Medical and AED.com are thrilled to be able to contribute to our local community and this organization that helps thousands of children year over year. Thank you for all that you do NICM!

To find out more about Nashville Inner City Ministry, please visit their website. www.innercityministry.org.

Regional Efforts for AED Placement

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According to Live 5 News out of Charleston, SC, emergency responders have been mapping out the placement of AED’s in the Lowcountry for a couple of years now. EMS Chief Carl Fehr says they created an AED database to make it easier when someone calls 911. Dispatchers will talk lay responders through the process of doing CPR and also let them know where they can find an AED.

Over 500 devices have been registered. however, they believe there are several that still need to be accounted for in the community. Businesses have access to register their AEDs in a database so when someone calls from that location, the dispatcher can see where the AED is placed within the building.

Back in December of 2016, Tony Butler and his teammates were playing basketball at the Mt. Pleasant town hall gym. Butler’s medical checkups have always been good, his blood pressure normal. Yet, as he puts it, “it happened.”

Butler had just wrapped up one game, and the guys playing the next court over convinced him to stay and join in.

“I was there about 5 minutes and didn’t feel right,” said Butler. “So I went and sat on the bench. And they tell me I slid onto the floor and was… was gone.”

His heart stopped. One player called 911. Someone else ran to the police station next door.

“And one of them went to the office and got the AED,” said Butler. Luckily, firefighters were at the gym by that point and could use the AED quickly. “They zapped me two or three times. The next thing I remember is being in the ambulance. Going across the bridge.”

Butler survived. He is still sore from his ribs being broken during chest compressions. He’s working on building up his basketball stamina again.

The goal is for people who witness a cardiac emergency to think not only to call 911, but to also think to grab an AED. While training helps with a rescuer’s comfort level, you don’t have to be trained.

Anyone can use an AED.

You do have to know where it is, which is why the regional registration database is so useful for someone calling 911.

“I think every business should have one,” Butler said about AEDs.

Source: live5news.com

April is Stress Awareness Month!

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The American Heart Institute of Stress has reported that 90% of visits to primary care physicians are stress related disorders. Commonly ranging from stomach issues to heart disease. Did you know that job related stress costs businesses about $150 billion a year? It is important to pay attention to how you deal with minor and major stress events so that you know when to seek help.

People feel stress in different ways. Some people experience digestive symptoms, while others have headaches, sadness, insomnia, and irritability. Over time, these symptoms may contribute to major health concerns such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and depression.

Here are five tips to help manage stress:

• Be mindful of the signs – sleeplessness, low energy and feeling irritable are some signs that you need to take a break from the stressor. Give yourself permission to recharge by doing something else. What’s stressing you out may not go away but allowing yourself 20 minutes to get fresh air, take deep breaths, and meditate, can help you feel less overwhelmed and may give you a new perspective.

• Exercise – moving your body can have some direct stress relieving benefits. Studies show that regular physical activity produce endorphins in the brain that act as natural painkillers – which in turn reduces stress. A twenty minute walk during a stressful time can have immediate effect that can last several hours.

• Laugh – laughter provides a physical and emotional release which in turn increases endorphins. A good belly laugh to the point of happy tears is also a great internal workout which provides a good workout for the heart and diaphragm. Laughter also connects us with others, just as smiling and kindness do.

• Stay connected and socialize – Reach out to a friend and share your concerns. It may help to relieve stress but remember it’s important that the person whom you talk is trustworthy. Socialization, or enjoying other people’s company and maintaining a sense of connectedness to others, is an important component of stress reduction.

• Set goals and prioritize – choose what must get done and what can wait, and learn to say no to new tasks if they are putting you into overload. Recognize what you have accomplished at the end of the day, not what you have been unable to do. Be sure to plan for setbacks and think about how you can plan ahead for how to deal with them if they happen.

Our bodies were designed to cope with acute stress, not the chronic stress we face daily in the workplace or at home. Chronic stress can lead to deteriorating overall health. It’s important to recognize what triggers stress and learn tools that can help you cope.

source: stress.org, apa.org

 

Don’t Press Your Luck by Waiting – Be A Lifesaver!

Give CPR and Use an AED
You witness a co-worker suddenly collapse and they are unresponsive.
What is your course of action?
Most people believe that the best thing you can do is call 911 and wait for medical professionals to arrive. Unfortunately, victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) have a less than 10% chance of survival on average in the United States.

The first step in any emergency situation is always to call 911, but to give your co-worker, friend, or loved one the best chance of survival—you should immediately begin CPR and use an AED.

As each minute passes, the SCA victim is 10% less likely to survive without CPR or defibrillation with an AED. Average EMS response time in many metro areas is 7-12 minutes, with rural areas taking much longer. Simply put, waiting for EMS to arrive can be detrimental to the victim.

The heart’s dangerous rhythm during cardiac arrest can only be reversed with defibrillation. Using an AED, a lifesaving tool designed for ANYONE to operate, provides defibrillation therapy. AEDs will analyze the patient and ONLY provide a shock if the person needs one. You CANNOT accidentally shock a person using an AED.

 

Already have AEDs available in your organization or workplace?

Remember, don’t press your luck by ignoring the AED. Implement an AED Management Program so your team is always rescue ready!

• Assign someone to be in charge of maintaining your AED(s)

• Train designated responders at your facility who can confidently respond with highly-effective CPR and quick use of the AED

• Place AEDs in accessible locations with the ability to retrieve an AED and return to patient within 90 seconds

• Make sure the battery and electrode pads are checked regularly (Battery failure is the #1 cause of AEDs not working properly during a rescue)

• Replace expired pads or dead batteries promptly


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DXE Medical is on a Mission… to Save More Lives

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I would like to take a few moments to discuss the tremendous mission the team at DXE Medical has joined with our partners and Customers over the past 18 years. If anyone were to ask “Why does it matter?” our team is ready to say,

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