If you experience chest discomfort, shortness of breath, discomfort in other areas of your upper body, a cold sweat, nausea, or become light-headed you could be having a heart attack. Call 911!
Stroke Warning Signs: Is one side of your face drooping? Is one arm weak or numb? Is your speech slurred and/or is it
difficult to speak? Call 911!
If you see someone unresponsive, unconscious, not breathing and with no pulse they could be having a cardiac arrest. Call 911 and start CPR.
How to Prevent Heart Disease
1. Do not smoke or use tobacco
2. Exercise 30 minutes each day following American College of Sports Medicine Physical Activity Guidelines
3. Eat a heart healthy diet
4. Maintain a healthy weight
5. Get enough quality sleep
6. Know your health numbers (blood pressure screening, cholesterol screening, diabetes screening, body composition, body
mass index, waist circumference)
7. Control Stress and be “well” in all the wellness dimensions (social, spiritual, intellectual, occupational, physical, emotional)
What is Your Risk: Take a Quiz from American Heart Association
-About one in three American kids is overweight and/or obese according to the American Heart Association. Many of those children
struggle with high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and elevated blood cholesterol levels. In addition, excess weight at a young age
has been linked to earlier death rates in adulthood.
-One in three women die of heart disease or stroke, according to the American Heart Association. Education and lifestyle changes,
however, can prevent 80 percent of cardiac events.
-About 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.
-Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2009 were
-Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing nearly 380,000 people annually.
-Every year about 720,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 515,000 are a first heart attack and 205,000 happen in people
who have already had a heart attack.
-Coronary artery disease (heart disease) alone costs the United States $108.9 billion each year. This total includes the cost of health
care services, medications, and lost productivity. (Centers of Disease Control)
Heart Health is a team effort to support a healthy community, consisting of the GRCC exercise science department, nursing department, exercise science club, staff development, older learner center, athletic department, biological sciences department, and the exercise is medicine team.