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This month is Heart Month. We wanted to share the common signs of a heart attack. Knowing these signs can help save the life of a client, a loved one or yourself.

The longer blood supply is cut off from the heart, the more damage a heart attack can be. If you act quickly enough, a life can be saved.

To celebrate, we wanted to share with you some interesting facts about the hardest working muscle in your body - your heart.

According to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, if CPR is performed on a person within a few minutes of a cardiac arrest, the survival rate can increase by as much as 75 percent. As we kick off Heart Month, here is a brief history of a resuscitation technique that has been credited with saving thousands of lives annually, CPR.

CPR is a foundation technique that our staff at Spectrum Event Medical Services uses while at community, corporate and private events.

To learn more about the signs of a heart attack and the 3 CPR steps that can save a life, click here.  


Bell’s Let's Talk initiative strives to help eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness. Today is THE day to reach out and support someone who may be struggling with their mental health and well-being.

What are the facts?

According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness or addiction. An Environics Research survey shows that 40% of people polled have experienced feelings of anxiety or depression but have never sought medical help for it.

What can you do?

Text, call, tweet, post! Today, Bell will contribute 5¢ more towards mental health initiatives for every text, call, tweet, Instagram post, Facebook video view and use of Snapchat geofilter. Don't forget to use #BellLetsTalk

How can you help?

Ask and listen; being a good listener and simply asking your friend, family or coworker how they are doing can go a long way. Here are a few examples of what to ask: 

  • I’m sorry you aren’t feeling well.
  • I’ve noticed you’ve been down lately. Is everything OK?
  • Would you like to talk? I am here to listen.
  • How can I help?

What does mental health mean to Spectrum?

We asked employees in the branch offices to share with us what mental health means to them. Here is what they had to say:   

Thank you to all the employees who shared words of encouragement. Your words and actions are important in making Spectrum an inclusive and positive environment to work in. Let's continue talking about the importance of mental health today and every day! 

Since the Surgeon General’s Report released in 1964, 2.5 million adults who were not smokers themselves have died from secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke is classified as a combination of smoke from the burning end of a cigarette and the smoke breathed out from a smoker. As we close out National Non-Smoking Week, we wanted to look more closely at the facts of secondhand smoking.

Why is secondhand smoke so harmful?

A non-smoker who is in the same room as a smoker is exposed to the same harmful chemicals from the cigarette. This includes more than 7000 chemicals, 70 of which can cause cancer. Exposure to secondhand smoke has been shown to have a negative effect on the heart and blood vessels and increase the risk of a heart attack and stroke. Even brief exposure to smoke can cause damage to the lining of blood vessels; increasing the chance of a heart attack.

In the case of young children, studies have shown that children whose parents smoke get sick more often, have more lung infections, get more ear infections and are more likely to cough, sneeze and have a shortness of breath. Secondhand smoke exposure can also trigger asthma attacks in kids who previously showed no asthma symptoms.

What can be done to prevent secondhand smoke?

It is important to note that there is no safe level of exposure to smoke. Any exposure is harmful and will have a lasting negative impact. However, there are ways to limit exposure in order to protect you and your loved ones from secondhand smoke:

  • Keep your home and car smoke-free
  • Stay in smoke-free hotels when travelling
  • Do not smoke when pregnant or around children
  • Ask your family, friends and caregivers to not smoke around your children

Want to know more about the benefits of quitting smoking?

Visit Fast Facts and Fact Sheets for more information about nicotine dependence and the health benefits of quitting smoking.

What resources are available to help people become non-smokers?

There are a number of counselling services and support groups available if you want to quit smoking. Click here for a list of support services to help you make your life smoke-free.

Every day is a new day that can be smoke-free.


What happens to your body when you quit smoking

If you or someone you know is trying to quit smoking, now is the time! This week is National Non-Smoking Week. Did you know your body starts feeling positive effects within 20 minutes of not smoking? Your blood pressure and heart rate return to normal in 20 minutes. Within 8 hours of nicotine withdrawal, your body is able to clear the carbon monoxide from your bloodstream.

Watch this video to see what happens to your body the longer you go without smoking.    


November is Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Awareness Month. CPR is an emergency procedure that can help restore blood flow to someone who is suffering from a cardiac arrest (heart attack). It is important to act quickly once you see the signs of a cardiac arrest. 

Signs of a heart attack include:

  • chest discomfort
  • sweating
  • upper body discomfort
  • nausea
  • shortness of breath
  • light-headedness

The Heart & Stroke Foundation has put together a 3 step guide to helping someone who is experiencing a cardiac arrest. Remember, performing CPR promptly can help save a life.

CPR 3 Steps That can Save a Life



Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that is developed after a person has experienced a traumatic/traumatic events. There are signs and symptoms that can point to PTSD. If you feel you or a loved one may be living with PTSD, there are resources available in Canada to help.

Reach out for support; know that you are not alone! 

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Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an emotional reaction to a terrible event long after the real danger has passed. PTSD usually appears within three months of the incident(s) but sometimes the symptoms may not appear until years later.

There are many signs and symptoms to look out for if you suspect you or your loved one has PTSD. These signs and symptoms include:

If you feel you or a loved one may be displaying signs of PTSD, there are resources available to help. The Ontario Mental Health Helpline is open 24/7 and is reachable anywhere in Ontario.

Next week we will look at various programs available for people who are living with PTSD.

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Summer is a great time to entertain friends and family outdoors. Before you plan your next outdoor party, be sure to follow these simple tips to pull off a successful soiree. 

Have a plan B

When planning a party, always expect the best and prepare for the worst. For example, it is a good idea to have alternate options such as having a pop up gazebo for your guests in case it rains.

Be safe

Have a first aid kit handy in case something happens to one of your guests. Throw some ice packs into the freezer before the party so they are ready if anyone needs them. Another thing to keep in mind is to have designated drivers or cab services available to ensure guests arrive home safely should they consume alcohol.

Keep the bugs away

If you are outside, it’s inevitable there will be a few unwanted guests at your party. Have citronella candles and bug spray on hand to keep the bugs at bay. Be sure the candles and bug spray are in a safe spot and out of reach of children.   

Have enough seating

You want your friends and family to feel comfortable and relaxed. If you don’t have enough chairs, an option is to lay blankets on the ground and have a picnic-style party. Alternately, you can use cushions or poufs as extra seating. Make special arrangements for your guests who use wheelchairs or walkers; have chairs with extra back support for those who may need it.


Set the ambience

If the party is happening during the evening, use string lights, lanterns or candles to create an enchanting atmosphere for your guests. Have old wine bottles lying around? Use them to hold candles for a rustic feel. You can also draw inspiration from your favourite era or movie for a theme that will make your outdoor party memorable!



Don’t forget the music

Music can play a big part in setting the mood of a party. Have a variety of music from different genres available. Let your friends and family be guest DJs; let them choose what music to play during the party.   

Keep your drinks cool

Keep drinks cool for hours by filling a giant bucket with ice, a splash of cold water and table salt. The salt lowers the temperature in the bucket so that the ice won’t melt as quickly.

Label your foods

Label your foods so your guests don’t have to guess what they are eating. A small chalkboard can serve as a menu and clean Popsicle sticks can be creatively fashioned into condiment labels.

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Have entertainment ready

Set out Frisbees, balls and outdoor games to keep your guests of all ages entertained. All you need to create an outdoor Twister game is some spray paint and grass. 


Whatever idea or theme you have for your outdoor party, don’t forget the most important thing is to have fun. You want to be able to enjoy your party as much as your guests.

Share with us your favourite tips for throwing a successful and fun outdoor party at @SPS_SEMS

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