Today is National Wear Red Day to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and strokes. The American Heart Association’s signature women’s initiative is a comprehensive platform designed to increase women’s heart health awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women globally. It’s always a great way to kick off American Heart Month.
The annual celebration began in 1963 to encourage Americans to join the battle against heart disease. A presidential proclamation pays tribute each year to Aurogra.org researchers, physicians, public health professionals and volunteers for their tireless efforts in preventing, treating and researching heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States as every 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. Individuals with heart disease are at a higher risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
Every member of the Coro Medical and AED.US team are proudly participating in American Heart Month by wearing red. We dedicate our days to educating the public about Sudden Cardiac Arrest and the importance of AEDs. AEDs make it possible for more people to respond to a medical emergency where defibrillation is required. Because AEDs are portable, they can be used by lay-rescuers. AEDs with rapid use of 9-1-1 and prompt delivery of high-quality CPR are vital in improving survival from SCA.
This February we want to encourage everyone to think about their heart health. These steps and changes are things we can all do to lower our risk of developing heart disease:
- Cut down on stress
- Get active
- Eat healthy
- Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke
- Control your cholesterol and blood pressure
- If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation
- Get regular checkups
Written by Blaire Czarniecki
Customer Service Director
Fact checked by Phillip Woods, BA, NREMT-P, FP-C
Blaire attended the University of Tennessee where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology- Child and Family Studies. She has been in the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) industry for over eight years and is the Director of Customer Service for Coro Medical. Blaire is also an American Red Cross-certified CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor, highly trained by each manufacturer on their specific AEDs, and knowledgeable regarding ALL State AED regulations and legislation.
“I know that every day I come to work, I am playing a part in saving someone’s life. I am passionate about these devices and am always looking for new and innovative ways to spread awareness and knowledge about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). I look forward to the day when everywhere I go, I will see an AED—when SCA will no longer take any lives.”