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How Cold Weather Affects Your Heart (and What to Do About It)

How Cold Weather Affects Your Heart (and What to Do About It) | The Survival Doctor

Part 1 in a two-part series on snowy weather and your heart.

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Every year people have heart attacks shoveling snow. Your heart attacking you is never good, but a slick road may make quick emergency transport harder than ever. And since the first few minutes can be crucial, that could make a difference in life or death.

Simple solution: Don’t shovel snow, correct? Well, maybe. Maybe not.

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The Most Common Side Effects I See From OTC Meds—and How to Avoid Them

When you might want to think again before taking that medicine. | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

It’s disaster time and you have a problem. Maybe pain from an injury or headache or misery from indigestion or a cold. You delve into your stash of over-the-counter medications you’ve saved for times just like this and take one you’ve taken many times before. Two hours later, you have a rash or stomach pain or some other odd new problem. Is it related to the medicine? I mean, you’ve taken it so many times in the past.

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Readers Respond: 11 More Winter Supplies to Keep in Your Car

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by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

You let the dog out one last time before bed, and you hear a yelp. Somehow she’s managed to cut her leg pretty deep.

Being a fan of The Survival Doctor, you know to apply pressure to stop the bleeding, but she just keeps crying. You know of a vet clinic that stays open until 11, and it’s 10 right now. You tie a rag around the wound and head out the door.

After a couple of miles, you hear a bump, bump, bump. It gets louder. You pull over and dig out your flashlight from the glove compartment. The batteries are dead.

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Sensation-Free Ebola Facts: What We Know and What We Don’t

Sensation-Free Ebola Facts: What We Know and What We Don’t | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

In the medical field, other than death, nothing is absolute. One radio interviewer told me recently he would never be comfortable about the Ebola risks until we knew absolutely everything about it and there was zero risk for everyone. Guess what. He’s never going to be comfortable.

Part of the Ebola fear fuel in America right now is the fact that we don’t know everything about this disease. And when questions arise, people come out of the woodwork with answers, whether they know what they’re talking about or not. Often, their answers boil down to: Well, we don’t know, but maybe, and if so, yikes!

All I know to do is go with what we do know now. As with any disease, we can ask: How much at risk are we? Can we can change any of our actions to reduce our risk? Is it worth it to us to change those actions? And if what we know changes, we can reassess the risk.

The facts, for now, Oct 20, 2014:

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Update on My Hands-Only CPR Post: The AHA’s Response

Update on My Hands-Only CPR Post: The AHA’s Response | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

If you read my post about Hands-Only CPR Monday, you know that I believe the American Heart Association’s guidelines leave room for interpretation. So my team emailed them to see if they could officially clarify some points.

Here’s part of their response. It addresses some issues related to Hands-Only CPR, a trademarked term for doing chest compressions only (no mouth-to-mouth), but doesn’t clarify completely.

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Hands-Only CPR and When to Add the Breathing

Hands-Only CPR and When to Add the Breathing | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

A child collapses; there’s no sign of life. You call for help and start CPR. But wait. Didn’t you hear somewhere that they say now not to do the respirations part? Just do Hands-Only CPR? Or are kids one of the exceptions?

Well, whatever you do, do something, and do it quick.

When to Add the Breathing

These days, Hands-Only CPR is the way to go in most situations for people who aren’t medical professionals. It’s easier; it works as well as adding respirations, at least most of the time. And the feeling is, it’ll help more people act and act quicker.

But there are exceptions.

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For You: Special 48-Hour Bonuses With My New Online Training Course

The Survival Doctor's Emergencies Training Course

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

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Today, my new online training course is finally available to you!

It’s taken me over a year to put together this professionally produced project, and I think it has turned out fantastic. In The Survival Doctor’s Emergencies Training Course, you’ll learn some of the lifesaving knowledge that I’ve amassed over 30 years of practicing medicine. I cover some of my readers’ most-often-worried-about questions, and I teach you how I’d handle common life-threatening medical problems, in easy-to-understand language and with minimal medical equipment.

Here’s a preview:

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Exclusive: Behind the Scenes of The Survival Doctor’s Emergency Training Course

Behind the Scenes: The Survival Doctor's Emergencies Training Course

Here’s an exclusive behind-the-scenes sneak peek at The Survival Doctor’s Emergency Training Course.

It’s my new video course that’s over a year in the making, and I’ve crafted it especially for my readers who want to gain confidence in their medical skills.

What to Do When the Victim’s Confused and So Are You

What to Do When the Victim's Confused and So Are You

Special note: I’ve crafted an exciting new course especially for my readers who want to gain confidence with saving a life. Don’t miss the end of this post for more.

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

You’re in the midst of a storm. The streets are dangerous for travel. There’s no electricity and cell phones are not working. You notice movement outside your window and watch your neighbor drop slowly to the ground.

After making sure the scene is safe—no strange, suspicious-looking people or animals, etc.—you grab your pepper spray, just in case, and go out to check on him.

He’s awake but lethargic, says he’s just not feeling well and wants to sleep. He lives alone and was coming over to your house for help.

You have no idea what’s going on, and he’s no help. In fact, he’s snoring now.

What can you do? The possible causes of an altered mental status make up a pretty long list if you include the many you’re probably not going to think of.

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When the Stab Wound Isn’t the Worst Problem: Quick Help for Tension Pneumo

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by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

In my “What to Do for a Collapsed Lung” post, I promised future information on what to do for one of a collapsed lung’s most dangerous variants, a tension pneumothorax. So here it is.

This post covers an advanced procedure, but the procedure can save a life. If medical personnel aren’t able to get to the victim, you’ll likely be the only one around who’s even heard of this technique. So stay with me …

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