Know and Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke - Fit for Freelance

Know and Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke

‚ÄčYou would know if you were having a heart attack... right?

According to a poll ‚Äčin CDC Heart Disease Facts, only 27% were aware of all major symptoms and knew to call 9-1-1 when someone was having a heart attack.

Could you tell if someone you love were having a stroke?

‚ÄčYour body depends on your heart, vessels, and blood (the cardiovascular system) to transport nutrients and oxygen.

Read more: What Does The Heart Do? 6 Tips For Heart Health

‚ÄčPer CDC Million Hearts, cardiovascular disease causes 1 in 3 US deaths, one-fifth of them in people under the age of 65. Each year, Americans suffer 1,500,000 heart attacks and strokes, making them two of the most widespread US health problems.

Worksite wellness programs prioritize knowing the signs of and emergency response for heart attack and stroke. As a freelancer, entrepreneur, and remote worker, you need this support too!

‚ÄčI'm going to teach you how to recognize and prevent heart attacks and strokes, so you feel great and work better.

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‚Äčheart attack and stroke education are key to both Worksite and freelance wellness


‚ÄčSometimes, things don't work right:

Over time, arteries may narrow from cholesterol buildup. Other health problems, like diabetes or high blood pressure, damage the blood vessels and make them more likely to break.

If a blood clot blocks a narrowed vessel, or if a vessel breaks, tissues with low blood supply ‚Äčstart to die. In the heart, this is called a heart attack‚Äč. In the brain, it's called a stroke.


‚ÄčInside look at a heart attack

You don't ‚Äčwant any of these (they're life-threatening emergencies).  If any of the warning signs are present, call 9-1-1 immediately:

Know the signs of heart attack and stroke

‚Äč‚ÄčSymptoms of heart attack aren't always severe, which means you might not feel "like an elephant is sitting on your chest." AHA Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

Time is essential during heart attack or stroke. Rapid treatment greatly increases the victim's chance of survival, and reduces ‚Äčdisability and rehabilitation time.

If you suspect someone's having a stroke, act FAST:

Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech: Ask the person to repeat a short phrase. Is their speech slurred or jumbled?
Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately and note the time.

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‚ÄčAct FAST!‚Äč

How to reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke

Unhealthy cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure contribute to your risk of heart attack and stroke. Here are choices you can make to ‚Äčdecrease your risk:

  1. ‚ÄčSchedule your health care appointments. "I feel good, so I don't need to go to the doctor, right?" WRONG. I was guilty of this one. It may be a bit of a hassle to set an appointment, but we're talking big consequences for silent killers.
  2. No, really‚Äč, schedule your physical- You can't feel blood vessel damage or clogging until it's an emergency. By then, it may be too late!
  3. ‚Äč‚ÄčDon't smoke-‚Äč ‚ÄčSmoking doubles the risk of stroke when compared to a nonsmoker (National Stroke Association). ‚ÄčTo be clear, nicotine delivery ‚Äčsystems like vapes and Juul are as damaging and addictive as cigarettes.
  4. Maintain a healthy weight- Excess weight strains your circulatory system. Read my blog for lifestyle tips to improve how you work ‚Äčand ‚Äčkeep those sneaky pounds off. Fix up your nutrition: increase fruit and vegetable intake, eat more whole grains, decrease sodium intake, etc.
  5. Increase your physical activity- Exercise is one of the best ways to maintain your heart and blood vessel health. It also helps your business productivity, which means you enjoy the reasons you work! Read ‚Äč3 Tips to Start Exercising if You Hate Exercise.
  6. Drink less than 3 alcoholic drinks per day- It's not a vitamin; it damages your blood vessels.

‚ÄčIn conclusion

‚ÄčIt's important to know what having a heart attack or stroke looks like so you can respond quickly. The life you save may be your own! For ‚Äčan informative video, visit TED-Ed's ‚ÄčWhat Happens During A Heart Attack? In the meantime, do your best to reduce your risk.

About the Author

Reggie Wilson is the founder of Fit for Freelance. He's a certified worksite wellness program manager, certified online trainer etc., but he most wants every entrepreneur to know how to lead the healthy, fulfilling life of their dreams. Read more about him here