American Heart Month

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in America. It kills someone every minute of every day.

The American Heart Association is trying to stop this terrible disease. You can follow these three tips to do your part to help in the fight against heart disease:

Become a first responder

Get trained in CPR and learn how to recognize the signs of someone in cardiac distress. See the updated guidelines for CPR at CPR.heart.org and learn how to certify your employees.

Know where the automated external defibrillator, also called an AED, is located at your worksite, and learn how to use it.

Ask about the proper procedure for calling 911 from your worksite.

Know your heart disease risk factors

It’s important to learn whether you are at high risk for developing heart disease. Although you cannot change heredity risk factors, you do have control over many lifestyle factors. You are at increased risk for heart disease and heart attack if you are:

  • A tobacco user
  • African American, Mexican American, Hawaiian, Native American or Asian American
  • Male or a postmenopausal female
  • Over age 65
  • Overweight or obese, especially if extra weight is carried around the stomach
  • Physically inactive

Having one of the following conditions also puts you at higher risk for heart disease:

  • Diabetes
  • 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
  • Fasting blood sugar should be under 100 mg/dL
  • Total cholesterol should be under 200 mg/dL

For more information, visit the American Heart Association (www.americanheart.org) or call (800) AHA-USA1 (242-8721).

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