According to the Centers for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of disability for both men and women. Coronary heart disease alone costs the United States $108.9 billion each year. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity. About every 26 seconds, an American will have a coronary event, and about one every minute will die from one.
The chance of developing coronary heart disease can be reduced by taking steps to prevent and control factors that put people at greater risk. According to the Center of Disease Control, these steps include follow your doctor’s instructions and stay on your medications, Eat a healthy diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables, take a brisk 10-minute walk - 3 times a day - 5 days a week, and stop smoking. Additionally, knowing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack are crucial to a positive outcome after having a heart attack. People who have survived a heart attack can also work to reduce their risk of another heart attack or a stroke in the future.
In an effort to bring awareness to American Heart Month Valley County Health System, employees took part in the National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 1.
Hospital Pictured Front Row: Becky Ries, Bethanne Kunz, Stephanie Copp, Penny Albers, Aaron Smith, Cate Glendy, Danielle Proskocil, Erika Crick, Joan Hansen 2nd Row: Cindy Struckman, Diane Kaslon, Sharon Iwanski, Claudia Cecetka, Judy Mahony, Chelle Green, Deb Miller, Vicki Bradley, Mandy Vanosdall, Stephanie Dowse 3rd Row: Christina Pollard, Teresa Lange, Angela Walahoski, Paula Sherburne, Linda Freeman, Jan Stobbe, Catina Psota, Vicki Bredthauer, Christy Malmstrom, Kendra Mach, Arlene Hughes, Dan Scott, Donna Cook, Frank Smedra, Sue Augustyn, Karol Keller, Bobbie Hill, Jessica DeGroff, Janet Eppenbach
Long Term Care Picture: Front Row: Mike Bruha, Don Coleman, Charles Dearmont, Scott Dilsaver 2nd Row: Judy Warner, Melanie Hansen, Sandy Killinger, David Twyman, Amber Twyman, Danny Vanek, Pam Taylor, Doug Zulkoski, Amy Vore, Kari Smith, Jen McBride