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American Heart Month

The American Heart Association is trying to stop the number one killer in America, heart disease. This, often silent disease, kills someone every minute of everyday. What can you do to help fight this disease?

Become a First Responder

  • Become trained in CPR and learn how to recognize the signs of someone in cardiac distress. See the new guidelines for CPR and learn how to certify your employees.
  • Know where the AED is located at your worksite and learn how to use it.
  • Ask about the proper procedure for calling 911 from your office building.

Know your Risks
Know if you are at a higher risk for developing heart disease, and although you cannot change heredity risk factors, change the lifestyle factors you do have control over. You are at a higher risk for heart disease and heart attack if you are/have:

  • African American, Mexican American, Hawaiian, Native American, or Asian American
  • Overweight or obese, especially if extra weight is carried around the mid section
  • Over the age of 65.
  • Male
  • Post-menopausal female
  • A tobacco user
  • Diabetic
  • Physically inactive
  • High blood cholesterol
  • High levels of stress

Know your Numbers
Get screened and know what your numbers are and should be.

  • Blood pressure should be lower than 120/80 mmHG
  • Total cholesterol should be under 200 mg/dL
  • Fasting blood sugar should be under 100 mg/dL

For more information, visit The American Heart Association www.americanheart.org or call 1-800-AHA-USA1.

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