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American Heart Month: Take Time to Prepare for the Unexpected

Every day, about 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease, an average of one death every 40 seconds.1 Like any sudden health event, a heart attack can change your world. As February is American Heart Month, I encourage you to take this time to prepare for the unexpected and learn about the variety of ways to care for yourself and the seniors in your life.

My experience with heart disease was frightening, and I can tell you technology saved my dad’s life. In the summer of 2015, my dad had a heart attack in his own home- it came out of nowhere and he hit the floor. I was thousands of miles away and unable to come to his aid in a moment’s notice. However, I was confident my dad would receive quick and outstanding care because he was wearing his Philips Lifeline. Within seconds of pushing the emergency response button, the Philips Lifeline call center dispatched the medical team to his house and gave him the best chance for surviving this life-threatening event. Without such a device, my dad might not be here today.

Nearly half of Americans have at least one risk factor for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, obesity, physical inactivity or an unhealthy diet.2 My dad wore a Philips Lifeline for years with no incidents, and his experience proves how crucial it is to equip your loved ones with the right health tools in case of an emergency, where every second counts. Advancements in senior care technologies are helping provide seniors the ability to remain as independent as possible, while simultaneously offering their caregivers peace of mind. It certainly has helped my family feel reassured that we took the proper steps to make certain my dad can be safer and live his best life.

This American Heart Month, talk with your loved ones who may be at risk of cardiac complications about prevention and precaution. This could be committing to a heart-healthy diet, going on daily walks together, or getting a personal emergency response system. Make a plan and take charge of your heart health this February!

1American Heart Association. (2017). Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics 2016 At-a-Glance.  Retrieved January 26, 2017, from https://www.heart.org/idc/groups/ahamah-public/@wcm/@sop/@smd/documents/downloadable/ucm_491265.pdf.

2Million Hearts. (2017). American Heart Month 2017: Change  Starts with a Heart-to-Heart. Retrieved January 30, 2017, from https://millionhearts.hhs.gov/news-media/events/heart-month.html

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