Texas Health Cleburne Invites Community to Health Walks|
CLEBURNE, Texas — Cutting the risk of a heart attack boils down to six simple actions, according to the National Institutes of Health Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Yet each year, an estimated 1.1 million Americans experience a heart attack and 460,000 of those people die from it. And many people are unaware of their risk for heart disease.
Heart disease occurs at a rate of nearly double that of all cancers, according to the American Heart Association. Nearly 39 percent of female deaths in the United States are from cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.
To help the community better know the risk factors for heart disease, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne will host three walks for members of the community on Friday, Feb. 5. The walks will be held at 7:30 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m.
Individuals are encouraged to wear red to support the cause. Blood pressure and heart rates can be checked at the event.
“One step people can take to reduce their risk factors for heart disease is to be active,” said Ronda Dillard, RN, employee health nurse at Texas Health Cleburne. “We invite members of the community to get walking with us to collectively reduce our community’s risk for heart disease. It is particularly important that women not ignore warning signs and take steps to improve your health before a medical crisis occurs.”
To help lower the risk of heart attack, the NIH institute recommends that individuals:
The American Heart Association says to look for these heart attack signs:
Women are more likely than men to experience shortness of breath, vomiting or back and jaw pain than men, the AHA said.
If you suspect you or a loved one could be having a heart attack, call for emergency medical help immediately. Don't waste time trying to diagnose the symptoms or driving to the hospital. Often people affected aren't sure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help.
For more information visit nhlbi.nih.gov/actintime.
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