Emergency Preparedness

What’s the Connection Between Stress and Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

What’s the Connection Between Stress and Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

What’s the Connection Between Stress and Sudden Cardiac Arrest?  

Did you know that April is Stress Awareness Month? Sponsored by The Health Resource Network (HRN), a nonprofit health education organization, Stress Awareness Month is a national, cooperative effort to inform people about the dangers of stress, promote successful coping strategies, and dispel harmful misconceptions and misperceptions about stress.

High-Stress Levels Can Be Hard on Your Heart  

We’ve all felt our hearts race when an unexpected (and unexpectedly ugly) bill rears its nasty head or when the kids refuse to submit those online assignments on time. But did you know that high levels of stress drive up your risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems including high cholesterol, blood clots, and even cardiac arrest?

Stress doesn't just affect your sense of wellbeing and calm, stress can even affect you on a cellular level! Long-term stress and stress disorders can lead to a wide range of illnesses—from headaches to stomach issues to depression—and yes, even strokes and heart disease. Understanding the mind/stress/health connection can help you better manage stress and improve your health and well-being.

The American Heart Association notes that “More research is needed to determine how stress contributes to heart disease — the leading killer of Americans. But stress may affect behaviors and factors that increase heart disease risk: high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, smoking, physical inactivity, and overeating.” 

What is Stress?

Basically, it’s the fight or flight response that’s hardwired into our nervous system. It’s the response that keeps us safe and gets us moving quickly when there’s an immediate threat — like running from a charging dog, fire, or oncoming object.

“When you perceive a threat, stress hormones rush into your bloodstream—increasing heart rate, blood pressure, and glucose levels. Other hormones also suppress functions like digestion and the immune system, which is one of the reasons why chronic stress can leave you more vulnerable to illness” (Federal Occupational Health).

Although danger is a common stress trigger, toxic work environments, uncertain finances, traumatic experiences, family stress, or anxiety can also lead to chronic stress. A bad day at the office or a one-off disagreement with a loved one won't damage your health in the long run, but chronic stress can dampen your immune response and put you at an increased risk for cardiovascular and other diseases.

What Can You Do To Manage Your Stress Levels?

Here are a few great ways to manage stress safely and effectively (they all just happen to be heart-healthy choices, too!):

  • Exercise
  • Meditate
  • Do yoga with a friend
  • Drink a cup of herbal tea
  • Call a friend
  • Go for a walk
  • Snuggle with a pet
  • Eat a piece of fruit
  • Play an instrument

If your stress is pressurized like a firehose, ask for help. Look for a local or online stress management class or find a therapist who specializes in stress disorders. You don’t have to tackle this on your own!

Questions about AEDs, bleeding control kits, or first aid classes? Contact Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362 learn more. We also welcome your emails, and you can reach us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

DISCLAIMER: Information and resources found on the aed.com website and blog are intended to educate, inform, and motivate readers to make their health and wellness decisions after consulting with their healthcare provider. The authors are not healthcare providers. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition.

What’s in a CPR Response Kit?

What’s in a CPR Response Kit?

What’s in a CPR Response Kit?

Take a peek inside a CPR response kit

If you have an AED, you need a CPR response kit. A CPR response kit should always be kept with your AED. And if you use it, replace it!

The Curaplex Response Kit includes tools to expedite the application of AED pads as well as personal protective equipment (PPE).

What’s included in a CPR Response Kit:

  • (1) Pouch, response kit, red
  • (1) Pocket mask w/ O2 inlet
  • (1) Pair of large Triton nitrile exam gloves
  • (1) Gallant disposable prep razor
  • (1) Pair of 7.5-inch trauma shears
  • (1) Package of Sani-hands wipes

Now, let’s break it down!

Why the red pouch?

The easy-to-grab bright red pouch is lightweight and water-resistant. Keep all your critical CPR response items in one convenient, transportable pouch.

Why are pocket masks so important?

In our Covid times, pocket masks are more important than they’ve ever been. A CPR pocket mask is a protective device with a one-way valve that protects rescuers while they’re performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). An oxygen outlet and inlet make it easy to attach to an oxygen bag or supplemental oxygen. A CPR pocket mask with an O2 inlet helps ensure that infectious diseases, germs, blood, and other bodily fluids are not transferred from the rescuer to the patient or from the patient to the rescuer.

Why nitrile gloves?

These heavy-duty sterile, hypoallergenic gloves protect the rescuer from infectious diseases, germs, blood, and other bodily fluids. They also protect the victim from possible infection.

What’s up with the razor?

Let’s just say that some folks are a bit furrier than others! To ensure a firm seal between the pads and the (hairy) victim’s chest, use the disposable Gallant prep razor to clear the path!

Who needs trauma shears?

These shears are designed to cut through denim, seams, and thick materials so rescuers don’t lose a minute of time affixing an AED’s pads to the victim’s chest.

Why the Sani-hands wipes?

You could use them on your hands, but you’ll already have donned the nitrile gloves. So why the hand wipes? We’re so glad you asked! The wipes in your CPR response kit are for cleaning the victim’s chest so the AED’s pads adhere securely.

For information about AEDs, CPR training or to purchase a Curaplex CPR Response Kit for your organization, contact Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362 or email us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com. And a friendly reminder: If you have recently used your CPR response kit, now’s the time to replace it.

DISCLAIMER: Information and resources found on the aed.com website and blog are intended to educate, inform, and motivate readers to make their health and wellness decisions after consulting with their healthcare provider. The authors are not healthcare providers. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition.

5 reasons why your gym or fitness center needs an AED

5 reasons why your gym or fitness center needs an AED

5 reasons why your gym or fitness center needs an AED

The importance of AEDs in fitness centers and gyms

Making sure your gym or fitness center has an automated external defibrillator (AED) can mean the difference between life and death. AEDs are small, portable, and easy-to-use life-saving devices that can be used to shock a person’s heart back into rhythm if it has stopped or is beating irregularly.

Reason #1: SCA is more common than you think it is

According to the American Heart Association, more than 350,000 Americans suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests each year. 

Reason #2: Strenuous Exercise Raises Short-term Risk of Heart Attack and Sudden Cardiac Arrest 

And many of these cardiac arrests occur while people are pumping iron or pounding the treadmill. A study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that about 16% of public, indoor sudden cardiac arrests reported over a 12-year period occurred at an exercise facility.

But that’s not an excuse for ditching your New Year’s Resolutions. Fitness is key to a healthy lifestyle. In fact, physical exercise remains one of the best ways to lower overall heart disease risk. So get moving!

Reason #3: AEDs Improve Survival Odds in Fitness Centers

Get this: that study also found that people who suffered cardiac arrest in traditional exercise facilities had a significantly higher survival rate compared to people who were in non-traditional exercise facilities (like community centers, church gyms, and dance studios).

What’s the difference? Well, fitness centers and gyms are more likely to have AEDs — and people on staff who are trained to use them — than other locations. Gyms are also more likely to have multiple AEDs throughout the facility. Poolside, cycling studios, weight rooms, cardio floors, and by the entrance are all common gym AED locations.

Reason #4: Your State May Require One

Many states require fitness facilities and gyms to have an AED on site. Any health club that does not have an AED — even if your state hasn’t mandated them — runs the risk of being seen as acting with indifference to the welfare and safety of its patrons and members. In other words, it’s your duty of care. 

Reason #5: Liability Protection

Facilities with AEDs may have lower insurance premiums because they’re less likely to endure liability lawsuits filed by grieving families.

To find out which AED is right for your gym or fitness facility or to schedule a training, visit our blog, call our team at 866-349-4362, or email us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com

DISCLAIMER: Information and resources found on the aed.com website and blog are intended to educate, inform, and motivate readers to make their health and wellness decisions after consulting with their healthcare provider. The authors are not healthcare providers. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition.