Heart Health Month http://www.phikappapsi.com/programs/elevate/americanheartmonth en-us Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:56:19 -0700 Get Informed http://www.phikappapsi.com/programs/elevate/americanheartmonth/getinformed Strong Men Put Their Heart Health First

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. It is a range of conditions including arrhythmia, coronary artery disease, and congenital heart defects. The term 'heart disease' is often used to describe conditions which involve narrow or blocked blood vessels which can lead to heart attack, chest pains or stroke.

There is good news, though. Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices. While Americans of all backgrounds are at risk, affects African American men, especially those in the southeast, are at the highest risk for heart disease.
Additional risk factors include diabetes, obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity and excessive alcohol use.

Quick Facts:

  1. About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year-that's 1 in every 4 deaths.
  2. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2009 were in men.
  3. Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common type of heart disease, killing over 370,000 people annually.
  4. Every year about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 525,000 are a first heart attack and 210,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack.

Quick Action is important for Heart Attacks

Roughly 15% of people who have a heart attack will die from it. Immediate action is imperative to increase the survival chances for someone suffering from a heart attack. If you see the major signs of a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately. The symptoms include:

  1. Chest pain or discomfort.
  2. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center or left side of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. The discomfort can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
  3. Discomfort in other areas of the upper body.
  4. Can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
  5. Shortness of breath.
  6. Often comes along with chest discomfort. But it also can occur before chest discomfort.
  7. Other symptoms.
  8. May include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness.

For more information, check out the Center for Disease Control's Heart Disease Page. Included on this page are additional fact sheets and information regarding heart disease.

*Information sourced from the Center For Disease Control and the Mayo Clinic.

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Take Action http://www.phikappapsi.com/programs/elevate/americanheartmonth/takeaction Make a difference in your community: spread the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encourage people to live heart healthy lives.

Take action to promote heart health.

  1. Celebrate National Wear Red Day to raise awareness about  heart disease. Encourage everyone in your community to wear red on February 3, 2017. 
  2. Host a Heart Health Month event at health centers, libraries or other venue. Work with local recreation and fitness centers to spread the word about the importance of physical activity to prevent heart disease.
  3. Contact your local Red Cross to host a CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training event in your community or campus. Urge local community members to learn CPR and AED (automated external defibrillator.) These skills can help save the life of someone who has sudden cardiac arrest.
  4. Host a 20-minute group walk around your office at lunchtime.
  5. Conduct a cooking demonstration using a heart-healthy recipe.
  6. Follow CDC's Million HeartsĀ® on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about heart disease and stroke prevention.

 Life's Simple Seven - Seven Easy Ways to Control Heart Disease

  1. Get Active.
  2. Control Cholesterol.
  3. Eat Better.
  4. Manage blood pressure.
  5. Lose Weight.
  6. Reduce blood sugar.
  7. Stop smoking.

Set Goals

Change can be difficult and having specific goals can help you stay on track and motivate you to make important lifestyle changes. Remember to talk to your healthcare professionals about your goals. Use the Million Hearts Goal-Setting Guide to help improve your health.

*Information sourced from the Center For Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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