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4 tips on finding time to exercise

Sydney Hildebrandt


Did you know?

Exercise not only helps you lose weight, but it lowers your risk for some types of cancer, reduces risk of osteoporosis, helps your heart get better at pumping blood, keeps your arteries from being clogged, and lowers your risks for heart disease.

  1. Make it a priority

When you put something at the top of your to-do list every single day you are more likely to get it done. Am I right? The kids have to be taken to school, the laundry has to be done, and you HAVE to exercise. Making it a priority will make working out a habit and soon it will become a part of your daily routine.


  1. Find your best time

If you’re like most people, you live a hectic life.  You may think you have no spare time to exercise, but you do! It goes hand-in-hand with making it a priority. If exercising is important to you- you will make it happen. If you are a morning person, work out in the morning. If you are a night owl, work out before bed. You can even find time throughout the day to take a few laps around the office, take the stairs, or use your lunch break to talk a walk. Finding a time that works for you will help you create a schedule and stick to it!


  1. Make it fun

Everyone dreads tasks you have to complete, and a workout is definitely one of them. Even Mary Poppins taught us that “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down”. You have to make your daily activities fun! That could mean putting an awesome playlist together for your visit to the gym, walking with a friend after work.  You can even come up with a list of frequent things that happen at your job and create certain movements you have to do when they happen.


  1. Set goals

There is a competitive side to all of us. When we set goals for ourselves, using that competitiveness can come in handy with motivation to exercise each day! For instance, you might run a 13 minute mile now but challenge yourself to run a 10 minute mile. You can also try to walk as long as you can. Maybe that’s 30 minutes now but challenge yourself to walk for 50 minutes. Without challenge we will never change – that goes for all aspects of life. In order to find the time to exercise you need to challenge yourself to get better, do better, and be better.



Have any other tips? Leave us a comment! If you still have questions, you can always leave us a comment or email us at


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Why your dentist should have an AED

Sydney Hildebrandt

Do you know if your dental office is equipped to respond to Sudden Cardiac Arrest? Do you know why they should be prepared? SCA strikes 325,000 Americans annually and 95% of those are out-of-hospital incidences.

By equipping dental offices with an AED, dentists are better prepared to save the life of a patient, like Alvin Uzee. While getting fillings put in after a regular cleaning, Alvin suffered from Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Even though he was unresponsive and unable to breathe, the staff was prepared to save his life! They called 911, began CPR, and used their AED (even though they were not required by state law to have it). Camenzuli Dental can now spread the knowledge of being prepared and saving lives!


If dental offices are unprepared the outcome can be much different, like it was for Jacobi Hill and Sydney Calleger. Jacobi was cleared by his doctor to be sedated in order to have crowns put on his teeth.  However, during the procedure he suffered from Sudden Cardiac Arrest. The staff in Jacobi’s case was unable to save him without an AED. Sydney had a similar story, but was having her wisdom teeth pulled. During the procedure her blood pressure shot up and her pulse dropped, leading to Sudden Cardiac Arrest. The staff in Sydney’s case were only able to start CPR and send her to the hospital. In both cases an AED was required by state but the dental offices did not have an AED on-site.


It’s important for your dental office to be prepared for a save because:

  • Almost every state in the U.S. requires dental offices to have an AED onsite.
  • Dentists often administer anesthesia, which can increase the likelihood of SCA.
  • Lives are being lost due to a poorly designed or nonexistent AED program.


In order to protect yourself from SCA make sure that your dental office, as well as your other health providers, is prepared for an emergency.


If you still have questions about Sudden Cardiac Arrest, you can always leave us a comment, give us a call at 800-580-1375, or email us at

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The top 3 things that raise the risk of SCA

Sydney Hildebrandt

Although Sudden Cardiac Arrest can happen to anyone, there are risk factors that can make you more susceptible to SCA.


Previous Heart Attack

As the leading risk factor of SCA, a heart attack can result in coronary artery disease (the most common type of heart disease) which can trigger ventricular fibrillation and SCA. Heart attacks can also leave scar tissue areas from which electrical short circuits can occur around, leading to abnormalities in the heart rhythm.



It is already know that smoking is terrible for your lungs, but smoking also leads to coronary heart disease. Smoke accelerates the atherosclerotic process and enhances vulnerability to Sudden Cardiac Arrest.


Drug or Alcohol Abuse

Drugs can not only have a major effect on our brains, but also have adverse cardiovascular effects. These effects range from abnormal heart rate, heart attacks, and even Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Injection of illegal drugs can also lead to cardiovascular diseases

Alcohol is tolerable for the body in reasonable amounts. However, larger amounts of alcohol intake raises the risk of ventricular fibrillation. Vfib is a cardiac rhythm disturbance in which lower chambers of the heart quiver and make the heart unable to pump blood – causing Sudden Cardiac Arrest.


Even though there is no sure way of knowing your risk for SCA, you can take a quick risk assessment to gauge your likelihood of having sudden cardiac arrest here!


Did you know?

Steps you can take to reducing your risk include: screening for heart disease, getting regular checkups, and living a healthy lifestyle (no smoking, staying active, and using alcohol in moderation).


If you still have questions about Sudden Cardiac Arrest, you can always leave us a comment, give us a call at 800-580-1375, or email us at

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4 Simple Things You Can Do for National Heart Month

Sydney Hildebrandt

National Heart Month is all about preventing and raising awareness for heart disease. February was declared the National Heart Month, in 1964, by the American Heart Association. At that time, more than half the deaths in the U.S. were caused by cardiovascular disease. Today, it remains the number one leading cause of death in men and women with more than 17.9 million deaths each year – but together we can change those numbers!



  1. Get Active

Find 30 minutes to devote to exercise every day

Try a new workout routine

Participate in a heart walk


  1. Eat Healthier

Make healthier versions of your favorite foods

Stay away from processed foods

Try these power foods for your heart


  1. Spread the word

Connect with Million Hearts on Facebook, and join the Heart Month Challenge

Take the pledge to move with heart through the NHLBI


  1. Contribute

Give blood & platelets

Donate to a heart related charity

Volunteer through the American Heart Association


Celebrate Valentine’s Day, this year, by making a difference! Leave us a comment if you have any other great ideas!

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Can an AED be used in the rain, snow, or swimming pool?

Sydney Hildebrandt

For a victim of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, the quick use of an AED gives them the best chance of survival. But since AEDs provide an electrical current to restore the heart to a normal rhythm, you might wonder if AEDs can expose you to danger if used in a wet environment. Luckily, AEDs are safe to use if the victim is lying outside in the snow or rain. Ideally you want to move the victim to a dry environment, but if you cannot move the victim, simply dry the chest as thoroughly as possible prior to applying the pads. When it comes to swimming activities, you should do the following:


  • If the person is in the water, remove them to a dry area and away from puddles of water
  • Remove any wet clothing and dry the victim’s chest
  • Have all bystanders move away from the wet surface and victim
  • Attach AED pads and follow the AED voice prompts


Through voice prompts, every AED cautions responders to stand clear of the patient.  As long as the rescuer follows this prompt and does not touch the victim during defibrillation, they will be safe from harm.


Watch a successful save at a beach here!

If you still have questions about using your AED in a wet environment, you can always leave us a comment, give us a call at 800-580-1375. If you still have questions, you can always leave us a comment or email us at

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Do you know if your AED has been involved in a recall?

Sydney Hildebrandt

Have you received a letter from the manufacturer of your AED? Don’t worry just yet! A recall does not necessarily mean that you must stop using your AED or return it to the manufacturer. It could be that your AED simply needs to be checked or updated. If your product is actually recalled, the manufacturer will send a letter that will include specific instructions on what you must do regarding the device.


It is very important to make sure your AED is maintained and functional in case of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). When the manufacturer is presented with an issue they are required to compose a plan of action called a recall strategy. A recall strategy will provide a plan of how to proceed with addressing the severity of the recall, providing a public warning, and performing effectiveness checks. Manufacturers must report to the FDA a correction or removal of product if it puts others health at risk. The recall can end if the FDA determines that the problem has been removed or corrected.




If you are curious about your AED possibly being involved in a recall, give us a call at 800-580-1375. If you still have questions, you can always leave us a comment or email us at

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When should you replace your AED?

Sydney Hildebrandt

Your AED is an important safety device in your facility.  With a properly maintained aed, you can save the life of a person in cardiac arrest.  But as your equipment matures and newer technology becomes available, there are a number of questions to consider when determining the right time for a replacement.

What about the warranty?

The AED warranty period indicates how long the manufacture expects the unit to operate successfully. Once the AED has passed the warranty date, the quality and dependability of your AED is unknown.  With an expired warranty, it may become cost prohibitive to make any repairs to the unit. Even if replacement supplies are available for your AED, certain parts may become obsolete, thus limiting the manufacturer’s ability to repair your device.


If I have never used my AED, do I still need to replace it?

Like any electrical equipment, AED components lose their ability to function properly over time, even if the device has not been used to save a life. An AED  will routinely turn on to perform a self-test.  So even if the AED has never been used to save a life, it has been in service since it was purchased.


Has the technology in newer AEDs changed?

The answer is yes.  There are a number of features in newer AEDs that improve chances of survival.  Some of the more popular new features include CPR feedback, monitoring, and dual language.


What are the next steps?

Give us a call!  Our qualified reps can help you determine whether your older device should be replaced and we offer trade-in credits for most older models. For a free consultation, call us at 800-580-1375, or email us at

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What do IP ratings stand for?

Sydney Hildebrandt

What do IP ratings stand for?


Do you know what an IP number is? No, it’s not a part number. IP is actually an acronym, and it stands for ‘Ingress Protection’. IP ratings are used to show the degree of environmental protection an electronic device has from dust, dirt, and moisture. The numbers that follow IP each have a specific meaning. The first digit indicates the degree of protection against solid objects. The second digit indicates the degree of protection against moisture. Below you will see each digit listed and what it means for the AED.















First Digit (dust & dirt protection)

  1. Protected from solid objects greater than 50mm.
  2. Protected from solid objects greater than 12mm.
  3. Protected from solid objects greater than 2.5mm
  4. Protected from solid objects greater than 1mm.
  5. Protected from dust.
  6. Totally dust tight.


Second Digit (moisture protection)

  1. Protected from vertically falling water drops and condensation.
  2. Protected from vertically falling water drops when titled up to 15°.
  3. Protected from water sprayed vertically at an angle up to 60°.
  4. Protected from water spraying from all directions.
  5. Protected from low pressure water jets from all directions.
  6. Protected from strong pressure water jets from all directions.
  7. Protected from temporary immersion.
  8. Protected from immersion under pressure.


If an AED has an X rather than a number, it means that the defibrillator has not been rated in that category.


To view IP ratings for each of our AEDs, simply go to the product comparison tool on our website and compare a couple AEDs!

If you still have questions concerning IP ratings, leave us a comment or email us at

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4 Steps To A Worry Free AED Program

Sydney Hildebrandt

You have an AED.  Now what?

If you’ve just purchased an AED, are you wondering what to do next? The steps to implement an effective AED program can take time.  But don’t worry, we’re here to help! Follow these simple steps…


Get a site assessment 

Chances of survival decrease by 10% per minute, so you’ll want to make sure you have enough time to retrieve your AED and treat the victim inside of 3 minutes. Get a site assessment to make sure you can meet this guideline!


Ensure your staff can perform responsibly during an emergency

Make sure all expected users are CPR certified and prepared to use an AED. Demonstration videos can be found for every device on our website, or through YouTube.


Maintain your program

AEDs should be checked on a monthly basis and supplies need to be kept up to date. An AED management program will help track supplies, send inspection reminders, and much more.


Know the requirements

Arm yourself with knowledge by understanding the AED laws in your state.  This will help ensure you have a program that is compliant with any requirement specific to your state.


Overall, AED programs assure that your facility is rescue ready. If you have questions, give us a call at (800) 580-1375 or send us an email at

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Cold weather and the Cardiac Science G5

Sydney Hildebrandt

With winter comes cold weather and if your AED is exposed to weather conditions 32°F or below, then this blog is for you!

The Powerheart conducts its own self test every day by checking all factors that make an AED function when needed, including operations temperature. If anything is questionable during the self test, it will require attention by turning red and issue an audible BEEP every 30 seconds. Keep in mind that extreme temperatures can also drain the battery and freeze the water based gel found in the pads. If you have stored your Cardiac Science G5 AED in weather conditions of 32°F to 122°F, you may need to address a maintenance message. This message may be due to a temperature condition if: the unit is beeping, the Rescue Ready® status indicator is red, and the text/voice prompt indicates maintenance required when the lid is opened.


In order to address this situation do the following:

1. Allow at least 30 minutes for the device to reach normal operating temperature.

2. Open the lid of the AED.

3. Wait for three seconds to pass on the timer, then press and hold both buttons on the AED display panel until the voice prompts “diagnostic mode”. The display panel shows TEMP TOO HOT or TEMP TOO COLD and ADJUST STORAGE TEMP.

4. Press and hold the button under the word CLEAR until the error clears from the display.

5. Close the lid. The Rescue Ready indicator changes to green in a few short seconds.


To watch a short video go to: Instructions for clearing a cold weather alert from your Powerheart G5 AED

If you need any further assistance with your AED, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (800) 580-1375

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