What Causes Cardiovascular Disease?

What Causes Cardiovascular Disease? In Canada, an estimated 1.3 million people are affected by cardiovascular (aka heart) disease. While some suffer from congenital (from birth) heart disease others acquire the condition later in life, due to a variety of factors including family history, poor diet and lack of exercise, smoking, drinking alcohol, diabetes, stress and…

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Can (and Should) I Buy an AED for Home?

Can (and Should) I Buy an AED for Home? When we think of AEDs, we often think of them in public places. But did you know that it is just as important to install AEDs in the home? Automatic external defibrillators are life-saving devices that should be placed wherever people are – especially if they…

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Can Anyone Buy an AED?

Can Anyone Buy an AED in Canada? We have heard the staggering statistics many times. Each year, close to 45,000 Canadians will suffer from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, having early access to cardiopulmonary resuscitation and an automated external defibrillator (AED) can increase the chances of survival by up…

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Coronary Heart Disease vs. Coronary Artery Disease – Are They Different?

Coronary Heart Disease vs. Coronary Artery Disease – Are They Different? The terms coronary heart disease and coronary artery disease are often used interchangeably within the medical profession.  When a person has a build-up of plaque in his/her heart’s arteries, this is known as coronary heart disease. Plaque presents as a sticky, yellow substance that…

What are the different kinds of AED Batteries?

Each of the 7 AED brands available in Canada has created different kinds of model-specific batteries for their AEDs. The brands are: Cardiac-Science, Defibtech, Heartsine, Philips, Physio Control, Schiller, and Zoll. We have outlined a battery comparison and explanation below in hopes of making the choice of which AED to purchase a little easier.  …