Over 8% of emergency medical calls responded to by Titusville Fire and Emergency Services in 2014 were cardiac-related. Of these, 12% of patients had suffered cardiac arrest.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEART!
Heart Disease is a Major Problem
Every year, 715,000 Americans have heart attacks, 600,000 people die from heart disease. In the United States that is 1 out of every 4 deaths related to heart health.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.
Heart disease is preventable and controllable.
Small steps every day can bring you closer to heart health.
One Step at a Time
Don’t become overwhelmed. Every step brings you closer to a healthier heart.
Don't go it alone. The journey is more fun when you have company. Ask friends and family to join you.
Don't get discouraged. You may not be able to take all of the steps at one time. Get a good night's sleep and do what you can tomorrow.
Reward yourself. Find fun things to do to decrease your stress. Round up some colleagues for a lunchtime walk, join a singing group, or have a healthy dinner with your family or friends.
Plan for Prevention
Some health conditions and lifestyle factors can put people at a higher risk for developing heart disease. You can help prevent heart disease by making healthy choices and managing any medical conditions you may have.
Eat a healthy diet. Choosing healthful meal and snack options and be sure to eat 5 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables a day.
Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese can increase your risk for heart disease. Talk to your doctor about your current weight and your goals in weight loss.
Exercise regularly. Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower cholesterol and blood pressure. The Surgeon General recommends that adults should engage in moderate-intensity exercise for at least 2 hours and 30 minutes weekly.
Monitor your blood pressure. High blood pressure often has no symptoms, so be sure to have it checked on a regular basis. Titusville Fire & Emergency services provide this service to the public free of charge at any of its fire stations.
Don’t Smoke. Cigarette smoking greatly increases your risk for heart disease. If you do smoke, quit. The risk of heart disease from smoking goes down every day you after you quit smoking.
Limit alcohol use. Avoid drinking too much alcohol, which can increase your blood pressure. Men should stick to no more than two drinks per day, and women to no more than one.
Have your cholesterol checked. Your health care provider should test your cholesterol levels at least once every 5 years.
Manage your diabetes. If you have diabetes, monitor your blood sugar levels closely, and talk with your doctor about treatment options.
Take your medicine. If you're taking medication to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, follow your doctor's instructions carefully.
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