American Heart Month, a federally designated event, is an ideal time to remind Americans to focus on their hearts and encourage them to get their families, friends and communities involved.
For many years, the American Heart Association’s has provided a platform for women to come together, raise awareness, fund lifesaving research, advocate for change and improve the lives of all people everywhere.
This spreading of awareness during Heart Month is crucial to move the needle and make everyone aware of the dangers of heart disease and how they can prevent it.
While American Heart Month is a federally designated month in the United States, it’s important to realize that cardiovascular disease knows no borders, genders or races. Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, remains the leading global cause of death with more than 17.9 million deaths each year.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. (TRUE)
Heart disease doesn’t affect women who are fit. (FALSE)
Over half of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms. (FALSE)
Strokes only happens to older people. (FALSE)
80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. (TRUE)
During CPR, you should push on the chest at a rate of 50 to 100 compressions per minute. (FALSE)