The American Heart Association has launched a new “Act in Time” campaign to increase people’s awareness of heart attack and stroke and the importance of calling 9-1-1 immediately at the onset of heart attack symptoms. Heart attack and stroke are life-and-death emergencies—every second counts.
Today heart attack and stroke victims can benefit from new medications and
treatments. But to be effective, these drugs must be given relatively quickly
after heart attack or stroke symptoms first appear. Coronary heart disease is
America’s No. 1 killer with Stroke being No. 3 and a leading cause of disability. That is why it is so important to reduce your risk factors, know the warning signs and to respond quickly when warning signs occur. Heart Attack warning signs are sometimes sudden and intense but most start slowly with mild pain or discomfort. People aren’t sure what is going on and delay getting help quickly.
Some warning signs for heart attack include chest discomfort in the center of
the chest that last for more than a few minutes, or that goes away and then
returns. It can feel like an uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or
pain. Other areas of the body that may experience pain or discomfort is one
or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. Shortness of breath may occur
with or without chest discomfort; other signs might include breaking out in a
cold sweat, nausea, lightheadedness, confusion, indigestion, weakness,
unusual fatigue, or fainting.
Signs and symptoms 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 you are with experiences any of these symptoms,
especially with one or more of the signs, CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY.
That is the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment.
Also, learn CPR. It may save your life or that of your loved one. Please remember we are available for blood pressure screening and discussions of any health concerns.
LET’S GET TOGETHER AND EXERCISE
It’s been tough weather lately and we are inside more and isolated. So let’s
get together and get moving. We would like to do a walking DVD, in fr. Leonard Hall. It is for all ages and abilities. Basically, walking in place, some side steps, kicks. One can do whatever is comfortable for them, also, can hold onto a chair for balance if need be.
It will be a good way to socialize and move a little. We can use any morning
Monday-Wednesday and meet once a week. Please call us if interested, and
let us know what day is best for you and we will go with the majority.