Heart Awareness Month

heart monthFrom our Parish Nurse:

This is the month of heart awareness month and we will discuss stroke and cardiac arrest.

Warning signs of stroke include:
Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding may occur.
One may experience trouble seeing in one or both eyes, trouble walking, and dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, sudden, severe headache with no known cause.

If you or someone with you has one or more of these signs, don’t Delay! Immediately call 9-1-1 or the emergency medical services so an ambulance can be sent. Also, check the time the first symptoms appeared. It’s very important because if given within the first three hours of the start of symptoms, a clot-busting drug can reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke.

Cardiac Arrest strikes immediately and without warning. Here are the signs:
Sudden loss of responsiveness, no response to gentle shaking.
No normal breathing. The person does not take a normal breath when you check for several seconds.
No signs of circulation.
No movement or coughing.

If cardiac arrest occurs, call 9-1-1 immediately and then begin CPR immediately. Always summon help first. Consider learning how to administer CPR.

Lead a heart healthy life. Know your risk factors. Know your cholesterol values and blood pressure numbers. Discuss your risk and family history with your physician. Educate yourself and your children. Call Pat or Lind with any questions or concerns. Thank you.