Mobile Life Support Services Celebrates National Wear Red Day,
Raises Awareness for Heart Health
NEW WINDSOR –February is American Heart Month and Mobile Life Support Services, the largest emergency medical provider in the Hudson Valley, has taken measures to raise awareness about heart disease and methods of prevention.
On Friday, Feb. 1, members of the Mobile Life team participated in National Wear Red Day, a kickoff initiative that encourages people across the country to wear red to raise awareness about heart disease. Signs and symptoms can be subtle and/or obscure, especially for women. Wear Red Day is a good reminder to pay attention to the signals your body sends you and to get checked out if you suspect you may have a cardiac issue.
Risk factors for heart disease include smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, physical inactivity and diabetes. Age and family history can also be indicative of a person’s risk for developing the disease. Lifestyle changes, such as refraining from smoking, eating heart-healthy foods and engaging in regular exercise can reduce an individual’s risk of heart disease.
The AHA strongly urges everyone to learn proper CPR techniques. Each year, over 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the U.S. Statistics show that if more people knew CPR, more lives would be saved. To register for a class, please visit www.mobilelife.com/education.
“Knowing CPR is really our human duty. You do not have to be a neurosurgeon to be effective at saving someone’s life,” said Mobile Life Director of Human Resources Emily Smith. “The American Heart Association’s guidelines for CPR are universal. Everyone – from a teenager in a babysitting class to medical doctors of the highest level – learn the exact same CPR technique.”