By: Stephanie Larson, RN, TCHC Hospital Informatic, Wellness Co-Chair
Happy Heart Health Month!!! Friday, February 3rd, we celebrate the 15th anniversary of National Wear Red Day. To this day, Heart Disease is still the #1 killer in women killing 1 in 3 women each year, but 293 fewer women die daily from cardiovascular disease. The awareness and education are helpful, but there are still an average of 1 woman every 80 seconds that will die from heart disease.
There are many risk factors that play a part, and both men and women can make small changes to decrease their chances.
- Losing weight
- Increasing exercise
- Changing our diets
- Getting our cholesterol checked
- Talking with your doctor about developing a heart health plan ( you don’t realize the impact salt plays in your life until the doctors take it away).
While prevention is key, we need to know the different symptoms for both men and women. While we think of heart disease and what symptoms there are, many think chest pain, arm and jaw pain. Don’t forget sweating, lightheaded, and stomach pain. Women often experience other symptoms that include nausea, shortness of breath, and chest pressure.
So what is the difference between a heart attack and a cardiac arrest?
The best way it was ever explained to me was that one needs a plumber and one needs an electrician to repair them! A cardiac arrest occurs when the conduction system that keeps your heart beating decides to stop, is interrupted, or a malfunction in the heart causes it to stop beating. The blood flow in the arteries is not affected by any sort of blockage. If the blood flow has been affected, then this is what would be considered a form of a heart attack. Either way, the person needs your help! Fast action can save lives! Learn CPR today. Nearly 400,000 out-of-hospital cases occur every year in the US. 89% of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die because they do not receive immediate CPR. Call 911 and push down and fast.
I had the chance about one year ago to help create a video to be shared with anyone who will listen. It is a reenactment of what happens when someone suffers from a cardiac arrest and what a great outcome there can be.I feel passionate about everyone knowing how to perform CPR. With this knowledge and education, we are saving lives! I am living proof of this!
Watch it here:
About the Author: Stephanie Larson has worked at TCHC for 13.5 years in various roles. Currently, she is the Hospital Informatics Nurse. She resides in Wadena with her husband, Jesse, and two children, Aiden (13) and Isabelle (11). She is also a survivor. After having a cardiac arrest in October 2011, she was able to recover and receive a new heart in September 2012. Every chance she gets, she tells her story to help educate others!