CRHC recognizes National Heart Health Month

Clarinda, IA | (January 31, 2018) – February is National Heart Health Month and Clarinda Regional Health Center is observing to help raise awareness of heart disease throughout the region. CRHC encourages everyone to wear red on February 2nd, which has been designated as National Wear Red Day by the American Heart Association©.

Karie Martin, BSN, RN, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Manager at CRHC stated, “Heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the United States. In our region, CRHC’s Cardiac Rehab team is doing everything we can to support, educate, and motivate our patients who have had a “heart event.”

Martin continued, “CRHC also wants to raise awareness of those with a family history of heart disease. If heart disease is in your family’s history, it’s important to take charge of your heart health now. And we can help!”

Every 40 seconds somoone in the United States has a heart attack. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), nearly 630,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year – that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. Every year, roughly 790,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 580,000 are a first heart attack and 210,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack.

The CDC advises that knowing the risk factors, warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack are the keys to disease prevention. The National Heart Attack Alert Program notes the major signs of a heart attack include chest pain or discomfort, discomfort in other areas of the upper body, shortness of breath, a cold sweat, nausea or light-headedness. Having high blood pressure or high cholesterol, smoking, having had a previous heart attack or stroke or having diabetes can also increase your risk of developing heart disease and having a heart attack. It is important to recognize the signs of a heart attack and to act immediately by calling 911. A person’s chance of surviving a heart attack increases if emergency treatment is administered as soon as possible.

In recognition of National Heart Health Month, Martin is also offering complimentary Adult CPR Training kits donated by the American Heart Association©. The kit contains everything you need to learn about the lifesaving skills of CPR, AED awareness, and choking relief in about 20 minutes. A $50 value, each kit contains an Adult CPR Anytime DVD, a mini Anne© CPR personal manikin, a skills reminder card, one mini Anne© replacement lung and manikin wipes. To reserve your kit, please call Karie Martin at 712-542-8299. Limit to one kit per household please.