Health and Wellness Newsletter February/March 2014

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 February 1 – 28
Is American Heart Month

Did you know that Coronary Heart Disease is America’s #1 Killer!?!?

That’s why it is so important to reduce your risk factors, know warning signs, and know how to respond quickly to warning signs.

Heart Attack Signs:

  • Chest discomfort
  • Discomfort in areas of the upper body
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness

How to Respond:

  • Fast Action saves lives.
  • Call 9-1-1 or your local EMS number

DO NOT DELAY
GET HELP RIGHT AWAY

About High Blood Pressure:

The only way to tell if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked:

 

Blood Pressure
Category

Systolic
(top
number)

Diastolic
(bottom Number)

Normal Less than 20 Less than 80
Prehypertension 120-139 80-89
High blood pressure  
Stage 1 140-159 90-99
Stage 2 150 or higher 100 or higher

 

March 1 – 31 is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Cancer of the colon or rectum is also called colorectal cancer.  In the United States, it is the fourth most common cancer in men and women.  Caught early, it is often curable.

Symptoms can include blood in stool, change in bowel habits, and general stomach discomfort.

Regular colon cancer screenings should begin at age 50 and include:

  • Annual fecal occult blood testing
  • Sigmoideoscopy / Colonoscopy
  • Contrast barium enemas

For Heart and Bowel Health:

  • Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Limit alcohol consumption.
  • If you smoke, talk to your doctor about ways to quit.
  • Stay physically active and maintain a healthy body weight.
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