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Articles by author: Justin Haagen

American Heart Month 2024 Toolkits

By Justin Haagen on Feb 06, 2024

February is American Heart Month, a time when all people—especially women—are encouraged to focus on their cardiovascular health.

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Top 12 Myths About Sudden Cardiac Arrest

By Justin Haagen on Nov 09, 2023

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a life-threatening emergency that occurs when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. Despite its prevalence, there are many common misconceptions about sudden cardiac arrest that can hinder our ability to respond effectively. So, for Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, let’s debunk the top 12 myths about sudden cardiac arrest to help raise awareness and increase the chance of survival.

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World First Aid Day: Why First Aid Skills Are Important

By Justin Haagen on Sep 08, 2023

The second Saturday of September marks World First Aid Day, providing an opportunity to further raise awareness about how first aid saves lives in critical situations.

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What to Do in a Heart Attack Emergency

By Justin Haagen on Aug 09, 2023

Each year, about 805,000 Americans have a heart attack – averaging out to about one every 40 seconds.
A heart attack is caused by a blockage or spasm of a coronary artery. It’s essentially a plumbing issue with the heart. This interrupted blood flow causes the heart muscle to die.

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What is the Pediatric Chain of Survival?

By Justin Haagen on Jun 24, 2023

The pediatric chain of survival outlines a series of steps and interventions designed to maximize the chances of saving a child’s life. Understanding the pediatric chain of survival empowers parents, caregivers, bystanders and medical professionals to respond quickly and confidently — ensuring the best possible outcomes for children in cardiac arrest emergencies.

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Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving

By Justin Haagen on Apr 12, 2023

When you hear the words “unsafe driving,” you likely think of speeding or drunk driving. But distracted driving results in more than 3,000 deaths each year, all of which could have easily been avoided with simple care and planning.

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Stay Safe During & After a Winter Storm

By Justin Haagen on Jan 18, 2023

Winter storms are dangerous. They can bring cold temperatures, power failures, loss of communication services, and icy roads. This can make being outside dangerous, so you should limit your time outside. Although staying indoors as much as possible can help reduce the risk of car crashes and falls on the ice, you may also face hazards inside your home.

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HOW TO POSITION YOUR HANDS FOR CPR: ADULT, CHILD, AND INFANT GUIDE

By Justin Haagen on Dec 06, 2022

Cardiac arrest is among the leading cause of death in the United States and worldwide. This life-threatening emergency occurs when the heart loses its ability to pump blood through the body due to an inadequate or absent heartbeat. Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), the most dramatic occurrence of cardiac arrest, can happen with little to no warning at all.

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ARE RESCUE BREATHS NECESSARY DURING CPR?

By Justin Haagen on Oct 11, 2022

During a cardiac arrest emergency, immediate high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) improves the chance of survival by providing oxygen-rich blood to the heart and brain. But what does high-quality CPR entail? Are chest compressions enough? Are rescue breaths necessary during CPR?

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SHARE THESE WATER SAFETY TIPS WITH YOUR CHILDREN

By Justin Haagen on Aug 08, 2022

Summer months give families the opportunity for extra water fun at home, on vacation and out in the community. Unfortunately, the risk of drowning (and other injuries) also increases during this time of year.

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