Heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, is the number one killer of men and women in America. The term encompasses a vast array of different health problems that affect the heart. Because there are so many variables – conditions, medications, implantable devices – there is a lot of information that a paramedic needs to know before administering treatment. If you are unconscious, or have no one to advocate on your behalf, a medical ID can give first responders the information they need to provide you with appropriate care when time is precious. But what information should be put on a medical ID? Your name (first and last) is a good place to start. Here are a few things you should have engraved on your heart patient medical ID.Read More
Today is National Wear Red Day! The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women initiative is celebrating the 10th year of Wear Red Day with the hope that one day, we won't need it anymore. Here at Lauren's Hope, we are proud to support Wear Red Day by wearing red, sharing the event via Facebook, Twitter, and our blog, and sharing Heart Health tips on our Heart Disease Awareness Pinterest board. PLUS today, we're having a red-themed giveaway.
February is Heart Health Month, and next Friday, February 7, 2014, is National Wear Red Day. This annual observance is an opportunity to raise awareness about heart disease, specifically the fact that heart disease is the #1 killer of women.
Cardiomyopathy is a heart condition in which the heart muscle becomes weakened and enlarged. In this state, the heart is less able to efficiently and effectively pump oxygenated blood throughout the body, which causes a multitude of issues. In severe cases, cardiomyopathy can cause heart failure.
Pacemakers are small devices that are implanted under the skin near the heart. They can be implanted permanently or temporarily, and they function by monitoring your heartbeat and using electrical signals to make adjustments if your heart is not beating properly. People suffering from arrhythmia and/or heart failure may receive pacemakers to regulate their heartbeats.