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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices. Make a difference in your community: Spread the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encourage people to live heart healthy lives.

How can American Heart Month make a difference?

We can use this month to raise awareness about heart disease and how people can prevent it — both at home and in the community.

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Encourage families to make small changes, like using spices to season their food instead of salt.
  • Motivate teachers and administrators to make physical activity a part of the school day. This can help students start good habits early.
  • Ask doctors and nurses to be leaders in their communities by speaking out about ways to prevent heart disease.

How can I help spread the word?

We’ve made it easier for you to make a difference. This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today. For example:

Life EMS is committed to rigorous standards during critical 911 calls, our chest pain protocols include real time 12 lead ECG interpretation by our Nationally Registered & Licensed Paramedics, transmission of vital data to area hospitals to allow for direct transport to the hospital cath lab for PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention), and pre-hospital care via oral Aspirin administration, and cardiac intravenous medications & drips.

Always dial 911 when you or someone you know is experiencing chest pain or stroke like symptoms! Follow this link to learn more about heart health and how to become involved in heart health!