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Body & Soul: Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) – Jan/Feb2017

Body & Soul: Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) - Jan/Feb2017

by Andrea Nathanson


In a recent book I read, Sundays With The Watchmaker’s Son – Let’s See What The Day Brings, by Gil Levitt, MD a renowned head and neck surgeon, he describes the symptoms of cardiac pain so vividly, yet is in denial that this could be happening to him. The power of the mind is phenomenal so we must always be on the alert for this.

Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency procedure that is performed in an effort to manually preserve intact brain function until further measures are taken to restore spontaneous blood circulation and breathing in a person who is in cardiac arrest.

As a registered nurse for 34 years, I have always been a strong advocate for the benefits of being holistically proactive, versus reactive, in health care management.

CPR courses are divided up into two parts so that students can understand how the heart works and then learn about how heart disease develops along and related preventions. The remainder of the course is the fun part – active time with the mannequin ‘Annie’ going over a the ABC’s of CPR.  It’s imperative to recognize the the signs if someone is having a heart attack or stroke, and perform CPR to increase the chances of survival. Taking a CPR class should be on everyone’s New Year’s to-do list and can be found in most communities.

Incorporating a holistically healthy lifestyle will give you the very best chance of keeping your body, mind and soul in balance – the greatest gift you can ever give yourself, and to your heart. For more information visit Body & Soul: Cardio Care – Jan/Feb2017.

Andrea Nathanson, RN is a certified Faith Community Nurse (FCN), with more than 30 years of experience and collaboration with specialists across North America.She focuses on holistic comfort when assisting those who face trauma and uncertainty, and is the author of Margie’s Gentle Journey.