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How to treat a stroke

Overview A stroke occurs when there is any interruption of blood to the brain. Arteries are blood vessels that carry the blood to the brain. This blood contains all the essential nutrients and oxygen. The artery becomes obstructed or bursts and can cause an interruption of blood to the brain. When the artery bursts this is also known as a hemorrhagic stroke. The brain cells die when they get insufficient bl ...

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Cold hard facts about septic shock

Overview  Whenever your blood pressure drops to low levels while you're battling infection, you're in a condition known as 'septic shock'. Generally, infections are due to various types of bacteria and/or viruses. However, viruses rarely cause infections. In the initial stages of infection, there is a link with sepsis. A person with sepsis will feel weak, may experience chills, heavy laborious breathing, or ...

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First Aid for Dealing with Shock

Overview Shock is something that many people are not familiar with what this really is. They often think that someone goes into shock due to being frightened or traumatized in some other way. However, medically, shock is when there is not enough blood circulating in the body. In this case, shock can become an emergency that does threaten your life. There are several causes of shock including severe burns, a ...

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First Aid for a Casualty Suffering from a Stroke

A relentless stroke can cause death.  A less brutal stroke can cause brain damage, which also damages certain body functions, depending on the section of the brain affected. In both heart attack and stroke, hardening of the arteries is the main cause. Over time, the arteries become narrowed and finally a clot blocks a narrowed artery A condition related to a stroke is a transient ischaemic attack (TIA). A T ...

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First Aid for Breathing Emergencies and Hypoxia

Continuous breathing is vital for life. When a person’s breathing is affected through injury or illness, their life can be in immediate danger. As a first aider, you have to be able to recognize a breathing emergency very quickly and know what first aid to give – the casualty’s life may depend on it.   Breathing Emergency – Hypoxia A breathing emergency causes a lack of oxygen in the blood. This condition, ...

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First Aid and Dealing with Shock

What is Shock? Any illness or injury can be accompanied by shock. Shock is a circulation problem where the body’s tissues do not get enough blood. If the shock gets bad enough, this can lead to unconsciousness or even death. Since there is often shock in an emergency situation, and because it can progress very quickly, always check for shock and assess whether it is bad enough to be a medical emergency. ...

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First Aid for Cardiovascular Emergencies

Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death in the world. Some of these deaths can be prevented if appropriate first aid is given. Even more of these deaths could be prevented if individuals adopted a healthy lifestyle that reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular and the Heart for First Aiders The heart acts as a pump. It continually circulates blood to the lungs and all ...

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Immediate Response to Transient Ischemic Attack

Transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a condition which is often referred to as a mini stroke. It is coined as such because it manifests as a symptom of stroke consisting of a warning sign that an attack of stroke might tend to occur. While the sign of a TIA is often negligible which people often finds as insignificant this should not be taken seriously because it is an initial symptom that a stroke might occu ...

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How Do You Treat an Insect Sting Injury?

When a person has suffered an insect sting injury, the first thing that you must do is to check whether the patient is still breathing. If they are not breathing well, make sure to call 911. Look out for hives as well and ask the patient whether they are felling faint. A swollen tongue is also indicative of an emergency that must be attended to immediately. Ask the patient whether they have a history of all ...

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National Institutes of Health (NIH) Stroke Scale

National Institutes of Health stroke scale is a tool used to systematically evaluate the acuity of stroke patients in order to determine apt treatment & outcome. [youtube url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKrXCly1kK0"] National Institutes of Health (NIH) stroke scale is a tool used to systematically evaluate the acuity of stroke patients in order to determine the apt treatment and patient outcome. Al ...

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