TROY — Pain in your chest? Shortness of breath? Feeling lightheaded? Don’t ignore what your body might be trying to tell you as these are all signs of a possible cardiac event, such as a heart attack. During their weekly meeting on July 19th, Troy Rotarians heard more about the warning signs and preventive steps for keeping their hearts in top working order. Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP), Susan “Sue” Hoying, shared that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, with strokes being among the top four potentially fatal health events.
Hoying’s presentation reviewed the signs for heart attacks, brain attacks and strokes, along with suggestions on how to reduce the risks of such problems. If you feel pain in your chest, shoulder, arm or back, are sweating or are suddenly fatigued, you may need medical care. If you see someone who falls and has chest pain, Hoying recommends calling 911 first and then turning immediate attention to doing CPR. New procedures recommend using only hand compression without mouth-to-mouth for adults. Continue the compressions until medical personnel arrive to relieve you.
She shared that 80 percent of strokes are caused by blood clots. Physical symptoms of a stroke include sudden facial or extremity numbness, confusion or disorientation, loss of speech or difficulty speaking, loss of vision in one or both eyes, dizziness, loss of balance, and/or sudden, unexplained severe headaches. Quick intervention by emergency medical personnel and doctors will help reduce the chances of suffering long-term damage from a stroke.
Healthy eating, exercising, and preventive care all can significantly reduce the risk of heart attacks, lower cholesterol, and lead to a much longer and higher quality of life. Keeping your body mass index (BMI) down, choosing heart-certifiable foods, and exercising regularly are the best recipe for enjoying a longer, healthier life. Fish, lean white meats, whole grains and poly- and monounsaturated fats are good to include, but sugars, soda, processed flours and trans fats should be avoided and eliminated from your diet. Hoying shared this suggestion on how to make healthy food choices: “If it has parents, eyes and legs, avoid it.”
Hoying has worked in the Cardiology Department of Upper Valley Medical Center, 3130 North Country Road 25-A in Troy, for more than 10 years. She holds a bachelor degree in nursing from Capital University and earned both a master’s and the CNP degrees at Wright State University. To learn more, visit www.uppervalleycardiology.com or www.premierhealth.com/stroke. It’s worth noting that all Troy firefighters are paramedics, and that means help is only a 911 call away.
Troy Rotarians and the Troy Rotary Foundation support several community projects annually. During the 2015-16 Rotary year, more than $23,000 in scholarships and community aid was distributed from the fund, including support for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program, Rotary’s annual Shoe Project, academic and community service scholarships, and sponsorships to summer camps at Brukner Nature Center and WACO Air Museum. The Troy Rotary Club is a member-involved, goal-oriented service club focused on socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. Follow their activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club. To learn more about Rotary and membership, visit www.troyohiorotary.org.