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Shockable Heart Rhythms

A common question we get asked is “What heart rhythms does an AED shock?”. When a heart stops beating effectively during cardiac arrest, the type of rhythm it’s experiencing can influence the emergency response. There is a need to distinguish between non-shockable and shockable heart rhythms–especially in the context of using an AED.    Understanding…

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Does a Heart Murmur Mean Heart Disease?

Heart murmur. The term alone can spark concern and questions about heart health.    When diagnosed with a heart murmur, it’s common to wonder if it signals something more serious, like heart disease. This article aims to provide clear (and reassuring) information about the nature of heart murmurs and their relationship with heart health.  …

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Can Heart Failure Be Reversed?

In Canada, 750,000 people live with heart failure, a condition where the heart can’t pump blood effectively, with a further 100,000 Canadians diagnosed every year. Contrary to what the name suggests, heart failure doesn’t mean the heart has stopped, but rather that it’s not working as efficiently as it should.    A popular question among…

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Why is My Heartbeat So Fast?

Halloween is almost here, and with it comes all kinds of fun scares that might make our hearts beat faster.    But, what about those other times when our hearts race, and there’s no scare in sight? Sometimes, a fast heartbeat might be telling us something important about our heart health that we shouldn’t ignore.…

the real story of smoking and the heart

The REAL Story of Smoking and Heart Health

According to the World Health Organization, 22.3% of the world’s population smoke, which contributes to an annual toll of 8 million deaths attributed to tobacco use.    Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body, but its effects on the heart are particularly profound. It’s a leading risk factor for heart disease, and the impact…

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Are There Different Types of Heart Disease?

Heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, represents a collection of conditions that affect the structure and function of the heart. It is a leading cause of death globally (killing one Canadian every five minutes), signifying a major health concern. Heart disease can manifest in several forms, from clogged arteries preventing the flow of blood…