Aug 20 2018

A Global Epidemic: More Prevalent In Our Home State of Arkansas

heart attack, or myocardial infarction (MI), occurs when a coronary artery is blocked inhibiting or blocking the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the heart, resulting in permanent and sometimes fatal damage to the heart muscle. [1] An estimated 790,000 individuals experienced a heart attack last year across the US. [2]

Of course, in Arkansas, our home state, Heart Disease is the leading cause of death with death rates higher than all but 2 other states. [3]

What can you do to reduce your risk?  Follow these Steps to Reduce Your Risk of a Heart Attack

  1. Stop Smoking
  2. Know your blood pressure. Having uncontrolled blood pressure can result in heart disease. High blood pressure has no symptoms so it’s important to have your blood pressure checked regularly.
  3. Quit smoking.
  4. Know your cholesterol and triglycerides and take steps to manage your diet to lower your numbers if they are high.  
  5. Move for at least 30 minutes per day- start slowly and build up.  
  6. Make healthy food choices. Being overweight and obese raises your risk of heart disease
  7. Know if you have diabetes. And take proactive steps to manage your diabetes if you have it.  
  8. Lower your stress level and find healthy ways to cope with stress.
  9. Limit alcohol intake to one drink a day.

It is time for Arkansas to beat the statistic, rather than become one. [1] For more information on decreasing your risk, click on the links below.  

  1. Stop Smoking
  2. Choose Good Nutrition
  3. Lower High Blood Pressure
  4. Improve Blood Cholesterol
  5. Be Physically Active Daily
  6. Maintain A Healthy Weight
  7. Manage Diabetes
  8. Reduce Stress
  9. Limit Alcohol

If you need more help, Let TRS Wellness help fuel your heart health.  We're happy to work with your employer on developing a program specific to your needs.

References:

  1. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/AboutHeartAttacks/About-Heart-Attacks_UCM_002038_Article.jsp#.WoMbMq6nGM8
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/states/arkansas/arkansas.htm
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fs_women_heart.htm