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February is American Heart Month
2/8/2013
We all recognize February as the month for hearts, Valentine ’s Day and of course American Heart Month.
This is the month to focus on increasing the public’s knowledge and awareness of heart disease risk factors, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment options and most importantly prevention.

Guidelines from the American Heart Association

Some heart attacks are sudden and intense — the "movie heart attack," where no one doubts what's happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren't sure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help.

Immediately call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number so an ambulance (ideally with advanced life support) can be sent for you. As with men, women's most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.

Learn the signs, but remember this: Even if you're not sure it's a heart attack, have it checked out (tell a doctor about your symptoms). Minutes matter! Fast action can save lives — maybe your own. Don’t wait more than five minutes to call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number. Calling 9-1-1 is almost always the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment. Emergency medical services (EMS) staff can begin treatment when they arrive — up to an hour sooner than if someone gets to the hospital by car. EMS staff are also trained to revive someone whose heart has stopped. Patients with chest pain who arrive by ambulance usually receive faster treatment at the hospital, too. It is best to call EMS for rapid transport to the emergency room.

To read more from the American Heart Association: CLICK HERE
As a healthcare provider we need to also make sure our own knowledge of cardiovascular health is up to date. Many of the author’s at Pedagogy have written courses to ensure your current knowledge. Check out our heart friendly courses in celebration of American Heart Month, click on each course title to learn more about the online continuing education course. Interested in taking the course and earning continuing education contact hours, click the BUY NOW button.

Acute Coronary Syndrome
Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) is the leading cause for sudden cardiac death. Initial patient management and stabilization are critical for saving lives! The ACS Insight Generator™ course was developed for nurses practicing in primary care, inpatient, outpatient, and home care settings. It is designed to improve understanding of ACS assessment, management, and treatment in accordance with the 2010 updated AHA guidelines.

CPR for the Healthcare Professional
Our online basic life support, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, automatic external defibrillator course is ideal for individuals training for the first time, or for those seeking recertification. This online course was written by an American Heart Association trained and certified instructor, meeting the updated and accepted guidelines established by national emergency response organizations, including the latest Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) Guidelines, and includes video and literature that is nationally accepted. Within this course, you will learn the latest changes in CPR methods, CPR for adults, children and infants, proper use of an AED or defibrillator, and how to relieve a choking victim.

EKG Recognition 
EKG monitoring is becoming more common in inpatient and outpatient care settings as well as emergency and critical care areas. Nurses and other healthcare professionals are responsible for cardiac patients including monitoring and interpreting cardiac dysrhythmias. They must develop critical thinking skills required to quickly and accurately identify potentially life threatening conditions. This EKG course is designed for these healthcare professionals wishing to enhance their level of education to include anatomy and physiology of the cardiac system, EKG electrode placement, equipment, and recognition of lethal and non-lethal dysrhythmias.

Inotropic Therapy for the Treatment of Chronic Congestive Heart Failure
This instructional course has been designed to provide conceptual and operational knowledge to the licensed nurse interested in the provision of inotropic medications. Administration of these drugs is becoming more common as the population ages and pressure increases to reduce CHF-related hospitalizations. For the licensed nurse involved in providing this valuable therapy, this course contains current practices for best patient outcomes. This course provides 2 contact hours of continuing education.
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