Dr. Paul McGaha, Regional Director of State Health Services discusses "Heart Month" in February with Kaci.
How prevalent is heart disease?
· Claims more than 865,000 American lives a year
· Cardiovascular disease is the nation’s number one killer
What are the warning signs to look for in case of heart disease?
· Heart attack warning signs
· Chest discomfort-
· Discomfort in other areas of the body
· Shortness of breath
· Other symptoms including cold sweats, nausea, and lightheadedness
· Stroke Warning signs
· Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
· Sudden confusion, trouble speaking/ understanding
· Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
· Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or coordination
· Sudden severe headache with no known cause
· Cardiac Arrest warning signs
· Sudden loss of responsiveness
· No normal breathing
What are ways that we can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke?
· 8 ways
· Prevent and control high blood cholesterol
· Prevent and control high blood pressure
· Prevent and control diabetes
· No tobacco
· Moderate alcohol use
· Maintain a healthy weight
· Regular physical activity
· Diet and nutrition
What resources are available to the community to learn more about heart disease?
· Fit city challenge
· Mayors 10 in 10 challenge
· Gospel aerobics- Glass recreation
· Zumba- Glass recreation
· 1 -800 -242- 8721