Posted by Kahla Livelsberger in #YHSafetyTips, Feb 14, 2018
With today being Valentines Day and this February being American Heart Month, we are going to go over how to better your heart and be healthy in the workplace. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and woman. Making small changes can improve your heart health immensely.
-It takes 4-6 minutes after a cardiac arrest before a person experiences brain death and then complete death
-CT scans of mummies reveal that heart disease was frequent in ancient Egypt, suggesting that heart disease is caused by factors other than modern habits, such as smoking, fast food, and inactivity
-A person who has both a first-degree relative (a parent or sibling) and a second-degree relative (uncle or grandparent) who suffer from heart disease before the age of 60 is 10 times more likely to suffer from heart disease early in life
-Spending more than 4 hours a day in front of a computer or television can double ones’s risk of a heart attack
-Laughing relaxes and expands blood vessels, which helps protect the heart
-Best way to survive a heart attack is recognize the symptoms, call 911, and chew (not swallow) an aspirin while waiting
-While heart failure can affect either side or both sides of the heart, it usually affects the left side of the heart first
-Approximately 30% of the people who die from heart disease each year are smokers
-Recognize the symptoms: Over 70% of women have flu-like symptoms. No chest pain at all! Others can feel chest pressure, squeezing or tightening that can radiate down the left arm, jaw or between the shoulders. Many people have nausea, indigestion, lightheadedness, sweating, shortness of breath and exhaustion
-People with poor oral health may be more likely to have atherosclerosis (clogged arteries) because the bacteria in the gums and teeth can enter the bloodstream and affect blood clotting
-We only need 10 minutes of brisk exercise a day to reduce heart attack risk by nearly 50%. Thirty minutes cuts the risk by 75%
- There is a 50% reduction in heart attack risk 1 year after a smoker quits the habit.
COMMON RISK FACTORS
-High Blood Pressure
-Previous Medical History
-Stress, Depression, Anger/Hostility
HOW TO REDUCE YOUR RISK
Goto the gym during your lunch break. It is reccommended you exercise 30 minutes a day atleast 5 days a week. If you cannot go during your lunch break - try and make a habit of going before or after work. Linking up with a coworker always keeps your accountibility up!
Try to elimate salt in your diet, along with cutting back on saturated and transfats. Download a calorie tracker on your phone and keep track of your calories. Mealprepping at work makes life easier and also helps you stay on track to eatting healthier. Cook all your meals in one day and then they are all ready for your work week. You could also get together with coworkers and have everyone pick a day where they bring breakfast and lunch for everyone.
Taking vitamins are important to be sure you aren't lacking anything. Fish oil supplements are very good for your heart. Keeping a bottle of them at work or in your lunchbox and making it a habit of taking them with your breakfast is a great place to start.
I know for the smokers this is easier said then done, but maybe elimating smoke breaks at work can lead you to cut back on smoking. Or maybe only smoking half a cigarette and eventually stoppin completely.
Knowing CPR incase someone in the workplace goes into cardiac arrest is extremely important. Everyone should be cerified. If you don't know CRP, feel free to check out our blog post to learn how.
Making sure you get enough sleep before work is extrememly important. Most people needs 7-9 hours of sleep every night.
Although some things you may not be able to change, like your age, gender, race, or family history - there are many things you can do to lower your risk of heart disease. Take the rest of the month and celebrate American Heart Month by making changes to your lifestyle to make yourself healthier and lower your risk of heart disease.