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Causes and Types of Angina

By Marven Ewen, MD, Medical DirectorThe heart is a muscular pump that depends on a fresh supply of oxygen in order to function. Without oxygen the heart muscle becomes injured and dies. The right and left coronary arteries arise from the root of the aorta and carry oxygenated blood to the heart muscle through several…

CPR Training Requirements

By Joanne Ewen, Program Administrator and Certified CPR InstructorPeople are often confused about CPR training and which level of training is appropriate for their needs. I am a Faculty Member of the Multi-Regional Training Center (MRTC) for the American Heart Association (AHA), so I’m offering a quick review of their main courses. Beside the AHA…

Every EMT Needs A Strong Core

By Jennifer EwenWhen you’re focused on so many things involved with being in EMS, it’s easy to forget that not only does your mind need to be conditioned in order to know how to help patients, your body needs to be in top shape too. Most importantly, you need a strong core. Moving patients onto stretchers,…

Evaluation of a Medical Patient: The Secondary Assessment

By Marven Ewen, MD, Medical DirectorThe purpose of the Primary Assessment (aka Primary Survey or Initial Assessment) is to determine the nature of the primary complaint and rule out, prioritize, and treat any immediate life-threatening airway, breathing and circulation problems. The purpose of the Secondary Assessment is to fill in gaps in your understanding of…

Why Green Smoothies Will Change Your Life

By Jennifer EwenIf you haven’t gotten on the smoothie bandwagon yet, saddle up. You don’t have to be an all-natural vegan yogi to enjoy all the benefits smoothies have to offer. The best part of smoothies is their portability – if you’re bringing a water bottle to your shift (you are, right?), then you can…