“Be 911” Free CPR Training in NYC

The Fire Department of NYC offers free “Be 911” CPR training throughout the year.  The 30 minute training class in hands-only CPR is taught by Certified FDNY Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel. The course offers basic instruction on performing compressions-only CPR, using a automated external defibrillator (AED), and <!–more–>take-home video instruction for ongoing practice.  Students unfortunately cannot[…]

What is Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI)?

Many healthcare providers are asking what the new Resuscitation Quality Improvement, or RQI, is and how it will help them maintain and improve their teams’ CPR skills. Studies conducted by the American Heart Association found that CPR proficiency is best maintained through brief, regular, so-called “low-dose, high-frequency” practice. Of course, most service providers don’t perform CPR as part[…]

What’s the Difference Between Cardiac Arrest vs Heart Attack

Many people refer to cardiac arrest and heart attack interchangeably, without knowing the actual difference between the two terms. What is Cardiac Arrest? Cardiac arrest is caused by an electrical malfunction that interferes with heart’s regular beat, resulting in arrhythmia, (irregular heartbeat). Arrhythmia prevents the heart from supplying blood to the brain and other organs,[…]

Lowering High Cholesterol – Taking a Baseline

Determining how to lower your high cholesterol reading requires first taking a baseline measurements of your weight, waist size, diet, and activity that are potentially relevant to your cholesterol. What is a baseline? A baseline is simply a measure of current state.  You’ll take measurements and compare them to the ideal when figuring out how to go about lowering your[…]

What Is High Cholesterol?

While most people of a certain age are generally aware that standard blood tests measure cholesterol, it’s worth understanding a more about what is being measured and why. What is Cholesterol? Cholesterol is a fatty substance created in the liver, and its presence is required throughout the human body to make vitamin D, hormones, and[…]

How to Deal with a High Cholesterol Reading

After receiving a high cholesterol reading from my doctor, I put together a plan to lower my cholesterol to a healthy level naturally, without medication. Understanding of my own health Prior to my high cholesterol reading, I was never conscious of nor did I care about connections between cholesterol and blood pressure with heart disease.  As I[…]

CPR Training in New York State Schools

In 2014, New York became the 19th state to make learning how to perform CPR and use automated defibrillators (AEDs) a graduation requirement for its high school students.  The law requires the state Commissioner of Education to make recommendations on training students in providing CPR and using AEDs.  The law only requires that school children receive training[…]