The New Jersey Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (NJHDSP) Program works in partnership with public and private sector groups and organizations from health care, work site, and community settings to affect policy and systems level change. The NJHDSP Program strives to address all points of opportunity, from prevention of heart disease and stroke in healthy persons to controlling risk factors, treatment of illness and prevention of recurrence in those who have had an event, as well as issues related to rehabilitation, long-term, and end-of-life care.
February is National Heart Awareness Month
- February is National Heart Awareness Month and the time is now for us to take ownership over our health so that we can lead longer, healthier lives.
- February is National Heart Awareness Month and February the 5th is National Wear Red Day.
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of disability. Almost 700,000 people die of heart disease in the U.S. each year. That is about 29% of all U.S. deaths!!
- Heart Awareness Can Save Your Life…
- KNOW the Warning Signs:
- Chest discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body such as pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, weakness, nausea/ vomiting, lightheadedness and back or jaw pain.
- Calling 9-1-1 is the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment.
- Remember it can happen to you!
For more information call the New Jersey Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program (NJHDSP) at 609-984-6137 or the American Heart Association at 1-888-MY-HEART.