How to Help Someone Having a Heart Attack

If you find yourself in a situation where you’re unsure what to do when someone is having a heart attack, Complete Care has created this guide for you. In this article we’ll be discussing how to help someone having a heart attack, symptoms and warning signs to look out for, and even what to do when having a heart attack alone.  If you are helping someone who is in immediate medical crisis, click here to skip to our instructions for heart attack first aid treatment.  A brief overview of heart attacks  A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the Read More..

The Difference Between Cardiac Arrest & Heart Attack

Though people tend to use these terms interchangeably, there is a difference between cardiac arrest and a heart attack. Cardiac arrest vs. a heart attack can be explained like this: if your body is a house, a heart attack is a plumbing issue while cardiac arrest is an electrical issue.  Your heart valves (coronary arteries) pump blood to the heart like a pipe system, so if those pipes get clogged and can’t deliver blood, you may be at risk of a heart attack. Whereas your heart has a built-in “electrical” system to keep it beating at a regular pace. When Read More..

When to Go to the ER for High Blood Pressure

Whether you struggle with high blood pressure on a regular basis or have a one-off high reading, it can be difficult to know when to go to the ER for high blood pressure (hypertension). But since a hypertensive emergency can lead to organ damage, it's important to know when to worry about a blood pressure reading and make the trip to the ER.  Fortunately, there are guidelines you can follow. Here is a list of definitive examples of when to go to the ER for high blood pressure, along with answers to top FAQs regarding high blood pressure.  1. You’re Read More..

Giving Blood: Restrictions, Rules, and Eligibility

Donating blood is an exceptional way to give back to your community, which is why it’s important to know about basic giving blood restrictions. The list of eligibility restrictions and rules for donating blood is extensive, and rightfully so; it’s important to keep those who receive donated blood safe. However, many of these requirements are very specific and are only applicable to individuals who likely know to check on their eligibility.  In the interest of making donating blood easier for the average person, Complete Care has pared down the list of giving blood restrictions provided by the American Red Cross Read More..

What to Do Before Giving Blood

Whether you’re a first-timer or a regular donor, it’s important to know what to do before giving blood. The key thing to remember when donating blood is to be sure you give your body plenty of iron and fluids before and after you donate. Iron helps carry oxygen to your blood cells, and low iron levels cause dizziness and fatigue. If you remember to keep drinking water (or other non-alcoholic beverages) and eat iron-rich foods, your blood donation is much more likely to be a success! The demand for blood is always high, and regardless if you donate blood for Read More..

How to Keep a New Year’s Resolution

One of the only things more reliable than the coming of a new year is the flood of people wondering how to keep a new year's resolution or how to make effective new year's resolutions. Most people aim to make new year’s resolutions due to the “fresh start effect” of a new year. You make plans to eat healthy, go to the gym every day… but somewhere along the line, life happens, and those firm resolutions become next year’s problem.  So, how long does the average person keep their New Year’s resolution?  Usually, about a month. According to ComRes, approximately Read More..

Signs & Symptoms of Stress to Watch Out For

It’s impossible to avoid stress completely, but too much stress (and especially chronic stress) can lead to both short-term discomfort and long-term health complications. But if stress is a “feeling,” then what can stress do to your body? What are the signs and symptoms of stress?  In this stress symptoms checklist, Complete Care answers these questions and more. As a trusted freestanding ER, Complete Care frequently sees the effects of extreme and/or chronic stress on the members of our community. If you are feeling overwhelmed by stress, we encourage you to seek proactive help to reduce the likelihood of a Read More..

How to Handle Stress During the Holidays

Need some tips and tricks for how to handle stress during the holidays? Most people grapple with stress at some point during the holiday season. However, with a little mindful planning, your dream of actually relaxing this holiday season can still be a reality.  At Complete Care, we see first-hand the effects of holiday stress on patients who come in during the holiday season. In the spirit of keeping our communities healthy and happy during the holidays, we’ve come up a list of top suggestions for how to handle stress during the holidays.  Whether you’ve been frantically dashing from house Read More..

What to Do after Falling off a Ladder

Do you know what to do after falling off a ladder? Ladder falls are among the most common injuries during the holiday season, and knowing how to handle the situation could make all the difference should an accident occur.  The first thing you should do after falling off a ladder is stay calm, take things slow, and assess if you’re in any pain. It can take up to a few minutes to feel any sort of pain or discomfort, so play it safe and remain cautious while you feel out the situation. If you fell off of a ladder and Read More..

How to Have Safe Holiday Gatherings During the Pandemic

With the holiday season fast approaching, you may be thinking of ways to have safer gatherings this year. As new COVID-19 cases appear at growing rates, it can be difficult to make any gathering truly safe. While many of the basic steps we’ve taken all year — including washing your hands, wearing masks, keeping hand sanitizer readily available, continuing to practice social distancing, and getting tested prior to gatherings — can and should still be followed, there are still other steps you can take to reduce risk when seeing friends and family during the holidays. After all, the worst gift Read More..