Since we are celebrating American Heart Month now is a great time for a little history lesson on heart disease. You might be surprised to know before 1900, very few people died of heart disease. According to The Franklin Institute the rate of heart disease increased so sharply between the 1940 and 1967 that the World Health Organization called it the world's most serious epidemic.
In 1948, a 30+ years study began in Framingham, Massachusetts which continues today. This study is known as the Framingham Study, which is the investigation that involved over 5,000 people aged 30 to 62 who showed no signs of heart disease at the beginning of the study. Every two years, the participants go a complete physical examination. The Study lasted over thirty years and provided most of the information on predicting heart disease development we know today.
Today thanks to unhealthy lifestyle habits such as smoking, freezer, box and restaurant foods plus hanging out on the couch in front of the TV then stressing about it heart disease is the #1 killer in the U.S. The good news is you can do something about it. In fact your longevity and vitality depend only on you. No doctor, medication or hospital can prevent heart disease only you can with the choices you make each and every day.
While you are working on changing those unhealthy decisions knowing the warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack is key to preventing death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say many people don’t know the signs.
- In a 2005 survey, most respondents—92%—recognized chest pain as a symptom of a heart attack. Only 27% were aware of all major symptoms and knew to call 9-1-1 when someone was having a heart attack.
- About 47% of sudden cardiac deaths occur outside a hospital. This suggests that many people with heart disease don't act on early warning signs.
To move you into the 27% who know what the major symptoms of a heart attack are here is a quick video to get yourself up to speed. Share this blog with your friends and together we can not only make a difference we can save a life... maybe someone you love.
Your partner in health,
Cindy Cohen RN, BS BA
Certified Health Coach
C2 Your Health LLC
Health-e 4 Life Worksite Wellness