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HEALTH DEPARTMENT URGES RESIDENTS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM HEART DISEASE

Wed February 1, 2012

DUPAGE COUNTY-February is "American Heart Month" and the DuPage County Health Department is reminding DuPage County residents that they should understand the risks of heart disease and stroke, as well as learn how they can protect themselves and their loved ones.
 
Most of us know someone who has had heart disease or stroke. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke, equal to 2,200 deaths per day.  

Heart disease and stroke affects all of our lives, but we can all play a role in ending it. Prevention starts with everyone. Protect yourself and your loved ones from heart disease and stroke by understanding the risks and taking these steps:

  • Get up and get active by being physically active for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week.
  • Ask your doctor if you should take an aspirin every day.
  • Find out if you have high blood pressure or cholesterol, and if you do, get effective treatment.
  • If you smoke, get help to quit.
  • Make your calories count by eating a heart-healthy diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables and low in sodium and trans fat.
  • Take control of your heart health by following your doctor's prescription instructions.

 
Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in DuPage County and that is the reason that the DuPage County Health Department created its Start The Heart initiative to train more people in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). 
 
This free life-saving training was offered in conjunction with the Village of Lombard in 2011 and more than 300 persons were trained. There are plans to expand this training to other communities in 2012.

To learn more about the Health Department's Start The Heart initiative, call the (630) 682-7400.

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HEALTH DEPARTMENT URGES RESIDENTS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM HEART DISEASE 

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