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Heart Disease Takes the Lives of 1in 4 People Each Year
Learn the risk factors and symptoms of heart disease during American Heart Month
SPRINGFIELD – February is American Heart Month and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. encourages everyone to reduce their risk of heart disease and learn the warning signs of a heart attack.
“Heart disease is the single leading cause of death in Illinois and the United States. Every year, approximately 600,000 individuals die in the United States from heart disease. That amounts to 1 in every 4 deaths,” said Director Shah. “But there are things you can do to reduce your risk – even small steps like using spices instead of salt to season your food. Use American Heart Month as an opportunity to make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease.”
The risk for developing heart disease depends on overall health, family history and health behaviors. While family history can’t be changed, even modest changes to diet and lifestyle can improve heart health and lower the risk of heart disease by as much as 80 percent.
Actions: Basic actions to lower your risk of heart disease include:
© Get active and eat healthy
© Watch your weight
© Control your cholesterol and blood pressure
© Don't smoke
© If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation
Symptoms: Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, but most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Signs of a heart attack include:
© Chest pain or discomfort
© Upper body pain or discomfort (arms, back, neck, jaw)
© Shortness of breath
© Cold sweats
If someone shows signs of a heart attack, call 911 immediately.
Even though heart disease is traditionally thought of as a “man’s disease,” approximately the same number of women, as men, die from it each year. Despite increases in the past decade, just over half of women recognize heart disease as the leading killer of women. To continue raising awareness of the significant role that heart disease plays in women’s health, IDPH is encouraging Illinoisans to celebrate National Wear Red Day with Go Red For Women on Friday, February 6, 2015.
For more information about heart disease, visit http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/heart-stroke.
MUSHROOM ID WORKSHOP
March 27, 2015
10 am to noon
Morgan County Extension Office
104 North Westgate, Jacksonville
Dr. Andrew N. Miller, mycologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, will discuss mushroom identification for many common mushrooms found in Illinois. In addition, the Morgan County Health Department will present information for those wishing to sell mushrooms at farmers markets or other outlets.
Registration cost $10 per person.
To register, visit http://web.extension.illinois.edu/ccgms/ or call 243-7424 by March 26
So, don't wait--vaccinate!!! Getting your flu vaccine here at the Health Department helps to fund programs provided to our Morgan County families throughout the year.
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A disaster can strike anywhere, whether it’s a hazardous material or weapons of mass destruction or a natural disaster like a tornado or flood. Problems arising from emergencies and disasters pose a threat to human health, well-being, and survival.
In the event of a disaster, the health department would need volunteers to help us help the citizens of Morgan County. We will need medical staff as well as support and environmental staff. If you would be interested in being on our list, please fill out the Volunteer application and send it to us.
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