FROM THE PARISH NURSE MINISTRY

heart monthThe 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.

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