February is American Heart Month
Your heart is one of your most important organs. It is constantly moving blood around the body to all the other vital organs to keep you alive. Because of this, it is very important to take care of your heart and body.
The percentage of Americans with heart disease is increasing every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2013), 1 out of 4 deaths each year in the United States is due to heart disease. The earlier you become an active participant in your care, the less likely you are to become one of the statistics.
When someone says the word “heart disease” most people automatically think of a heart attack. What most people don’t know is that there are so many more conditions that fall under that category. It’s just as important to avoid these heart disease conditions as it is a heart attack. In the long run they can be just as deadly or can cause a heart attack. Here are just a few of those conditions:
- Coronary artery disease (narrowing of the arteries)
- Heart failure
- Heart muscle disease
- Heart valve disease
- Unusual heart rhythmus
- Pericardial disease (tissue around the heart)
- Vascular disease (blood vessel disease)
Quick facts about heart disease in the United States today:
- Heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women
- About 80 million Americans have one or more types of heart disease
- 42% of women who have a heart attack die within 1 year, compared to 24% of men
- Currently there are about 7.9 million Americans alive who have had a heart attack
The Heart Foundation (2014)
When someone around you starts to suffer from a heart attack they will have symptoms such as chest pain, erratic breathing, pale skin, and they will collapses. But what do you do next to help save them? Today the American Heart Association suggests the hands-only CPR approach. With this new change, people’s chances of survival who suffer from a heart attack have increased. Before the hands-only CPR approach the survival rate from a heart attack outside of a hospital was about 6% – now the percentage has increased to about 12%.
Here are the steps you should follow at the start of a heart attack:
- Check to see if they will respond to your call or touch.
- Call 911.
- Start doing 100 chest compressions per minute to the tune and rhythm of “Staying Alive”.
- Once you become tired switch with someone around you. If not, continue till paramedics arrive.
Our employees have put together this funny, educational video to teach when and how to use hands-only CPR to save a life.