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How Air Pollution (Including Wildfire Smoke) is Affecting our Health

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With the recent wildfires burning uncontrollably in Alberta, we were all forced to inhale the thick and smoky air, making it hard to breath. Chronic exposure to wildfire smoke can have long-term health effects, especially for people with existing respiratory problems, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Air pollution is a big...

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Types of Defibrillators CLEAR!! When thinking of defibrillators, you probably imagine a hospital TV drama that is using the famous paddles to revive someone in cardiac arrest. The doctor shouts ‘clear’ and everyone stands back and waits for the device to work its magic. (Did you know there is actually a lot done incorrectly on...

Most Commonly Asked Questions About Heart Disease

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Heart disease is the second leading cause of death in Canada and includes coronary heart disease, heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias), congenital heart defects and blood vessel diseases. Research suggests that approximately 2.4 million Canadians age 20 and over live with diagnosed heart disease and that every hour, about twelve Canadians age 20 and over die...

Why cardiac arrest happens

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, 35,000 to 45,000 people die of sudden cardiac arrest each year with a frequency of roughly 1 per 1000 people 35 years of age or older per year. Sadly, the survival rate of victims of sudden cardiac arrest (outside of a hospital) is approximately 5 percent....
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