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Heart Smart

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HEART SMART

Siri, do I have AFib? A smartwatch can accurately warn about atrial fibrillation, a type of irregular heartbeat, according to a study reported by the American Heart Association. A study, which involved about 419,000 Apple Watch users, found the device accurately detected the condition in more than a third of participants who received notifications of an irregular pulse.

When someone has an ischemic stroke – the most common type, where a vessel supplying blood to the brain is blocked – fast treatment to inject the clot-busting drug alteplase is considered essential. Generally, it has been thought the drug needed to be used within 4 1/2 hours of the onset of symptoms. But a study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests some patients might be helped even if they receive the drug up to nine hours after symptoms begin.

Keeping tabs on your health or the health of a loved one with apps that track heart rate, blood pressure, fitness, and endurance can reveal a lot about the efficacy of medications, lifestyle adjustments, and other treatments. Tracking metrics is also a great way to have more productive and accurate conversations with your or your loved one’s healthcare team.


For more info on this topic click on the link below:

https://www.franciscanhealth.org/news-and-events/news/new-atrial-fibrillation-afib-apps-track-irregular-heartbeats

Staci DeFazio

SVP, Marketing & Communications

sdefazio@hmcebs.com

860.697.6960 x403

Drug & Alcohol Facts Week

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DRUG & ALCOHOL FACTS WEEK

January 19th – 25th is Drug & Alcohol Facts Week. Answer the following questions that are part of the National Drug & Alcohol IQ Test. Answers listed at the bottom. For more information click on the links.

  1. True or False: The percentage of underage drinkers (ages 12-20) who drink has increased over the last 10 years.

A. True

B. False

https://www.samhsa.gov/data/report/2017-nsduh-detailed-tables

  1. Yes or No: Cocaine and methamphetamine are both in a class of drugs called stimulants. Does this mean they achieve their effects in the same way?

A. Yes

B. No

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/methamphetamine/how-methamphetamine-different-other-stimulants-such-cocaine

  1. True or False: Electronic vaping devices like e-cigarettes can help keep teens away from real cigarettes.

A. True

B. False

https://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/tobacco-nicotine-vaping-e-cigarettes

  1. Which of these is a symptom of alcohol overdose?

A. Irregular breathing

B. Confusion

C. Vomiting

D. All of the above

https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets/understanding-dangers-of-alcohol-overdose


ANSWERS:

  1. B
  2. B
  3. B
  4. D

Staci DeFazio

SVP, Marketing & Communications

sdefazio@hmcebs.com

860.697.6960 x403