(Lawrenceville, Ga. February 9, 2017) – According to the National Health Information Center, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. That’s why Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services, is joining the American Heart Association and other healthcare providers in recognizing February as American Heart Month.
In 2016, paramedics responded to 5,369 chest pain and cardiac/respiratory arrest emergencies in Gwinnett County. Those statistics do not include calls for other medical complaints that were ultimately linked to a cardiac event or those that were walk-ins at hospitals and doctor’s offices.
Prehospital EMS organizations like Gwinnett Fire are working continuously to raise awareness of heart disease prevention and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) training to make our communities healthier and safer.
There are a few things that all of us can do to make a difference:
- Make physical activity a part of your daily routine.
- Make healthy food choices and use a variety of spices to season, instead of salt.
- Participate in annual physicals with your doctor.
- Avoid unhealthy habits and seek positive outlets to relieve stress.
- Learn CPR and how to use an AED.
Additional facts related to heart health can be found by visiting the American Heart Association website at http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/.
For information on Community CPR/AED classes offered by the department, please contact the Gwinnett Fire Community Risk Reduction/Education Section at 678.518.4845 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.