CPR ACLS PALS Certification classes and training

 
pediatric advanced cardiac life support and basic life support class
 

ACLS - PALS - BLS - AED - FIRST AID

Training & Certification Programs

 

 

What is a Cerebrovascular Accident?

A cerebrovascular accident (CVA) is the term used by medical professionals to describe what the general public would call a "stroke." As its name implies a CVA occurs when part of the brain (cerebrum) is deprived of its normal blood supply (vascular accident).

Most CVAs (about 80%) are caused by small blood clots that develop in irregularities in the walls of the arteries that supply blood to the brain. In the vast majority of cases the arteries that give rise to these clots are the carotid arteries in the neck although other arteries may be involved.

Certain medical conditions are known to be associated with an increased risk of having a CVA. These conditions include a previous diagnosis of heart disease or poor circulation in the legs, hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, and increased levels of cholesterol or low density lipoproteins (LDL, or "bad cholesterol") in the bloodstream. Additionally, smoking is a significant risk factor and may double the risk for a CVA in the presence of other risk factors.

There are certain physical symptoms that signal the presence of a CVA. These are:


  • Sudden loss of movement limited to one side of the body such as the arm or leg and, sometimes, both the arm and the leg;
  • Difficulty speaking;
  • Sudden loss of vision, or a disturbance in normal vision, that may be limited to one eye;
  • Confusion and/or Disorientation

 

In many cases of CVA the above-listed symptoms may have previously occurred and then disappeared within a few minutes. Such an event is called a transient ischemic attacks (TIA) or, more commonly, a "mini-stroke." Those that have had at least one TIA may be at up to a 50% risk of having a CVA within the following year.

In response to the question "what do I do if I think someone is having a CVA," the answer is to call the local emergency medical service (EMS) immediately. A suspected CVA represents a true medical emergency! You should then stay with the victim until the EMS unit arrives. While waiting, you should watch the victim and assure that he or she is breathing and that their airway is not being obstructed by their tongue or difficulty in swallowing. If this occurs you should immediately roll the victim onto their side and observe them carefully until a medical caregiver can take charge. Always remember that the sooner the victim receives medical care, the greater their chances for recovery.

In summary, a CVA occurs when part of the brain is deprived of its normal blood supply. It is vital that the victim receive prompt medical care in order to have the best chances of making the best possible recovery.

Michael Morales

 

 

 

 

 


 

_________________________________________________________________________________

The Ultimate Paramedic Study Guide!

 

Click Here For More Info.

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

 

American Red Cross, American Heart Association (AHA), and American Health and Safety Institute guidelines. Instructors available on site.

Advanced Courses

ACLS PALS Provider Classes, Online Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider, Certification Renewal and Re certification Courses ECG, EKG and Instructor courses

Basic Courses

BLS Classes and Courses, CPR AED and First Aid Certification Classes, Health Care Provider BLS, CPR for the Professional Rescuer Online CPR and Adult Child Infant CPR/AED First Aid Basics, Pediatric First Aid and Automated External Defibrillators Programs and Instructor Classes

Blood Borne Pathogens and Preventing Disease Transmission Certification Courses

 

Ventricular Fibrillation - Online Training - Becoming an Instructor - Traumatic Brain Injury - What is PALS? - What is ACLS? - Oncology Nursing

Before You Start Chest Compressions - EMS Loves H.A.M - Phases of CPR - Acute Coronary Syndrome - Aneurysm - What is a CVA? - What is a TIA?

LPN Program Info - How to get into LPN School - Thinking About Nurisng? - LPN State Exam - Transitioning from LPN to RN

Becoming an RN - Family Nurse Practitioner - Cardiac Care Nursing - Community Care Nursing - CRNA - OB/GYN Nurisng

 

 

Baltimore
Columbia
Silver Spring
Dundalk
Wheaton-Glenmont
Ellicott City
Germantown
Bethesda
Frederick
Gaithersburg

Towson
Bowie
Aspen Hill
Rockville
Potomac
Catonsville
Bel Air South
Essex
Glen Burnie
North Bethesda

Montgomery Village
Hagerstown
Woodlawn
Annapolis
Oxon Hill-Glassmanor
Severn
Chillum
Suitland-Silver Hill
St Charles
Olney

Parkville
Randallstown
Pikesville
Perry Hall
South Gate
Severna Park
Carney
Eldersburg
Milford Mill
Clinton

Bel Air North
Lochearn
College Park
Middle River
Fort Washington
Salisbury
Arnold
Edgewood
North Potomac
Greater Landover

MARYLAND

Privacy Policy

Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape

Copyright 2008 Vital Ethics Inc.