Mobile Life Support Services Celebrates National Wear Red Day, Raises Awareness for Heart Health
By FOCUS MEDIA, INC., Correspondent | February 11, 2020 | NEW YORK
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Photo by PROVIDEDMobile Life Support Services staff observe National Wear Red Day on February 7th to raise awareness of heart disease.
New Windsor, NY - February is American Heart Month and Mobile Life Support Services, the largest emergency medical provider in the Hudson Valley, has taken measures to raise awareness about heart disease and methods of prevention.
On Friday, February 7th, members of the Mobile Life team participated in National Wear Red Day, an annual kickoff initiative celebrated on the first Friday of February that encourages people across the country to wear red to raise awareness about heart disease. National Wear Red Day is a reminder to all to pay attention to the signals your body sends you and to get checked out if you suspect you may have a cardiac issue.
Signs and symptoms can be subtle and/or obscure, especially for women. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), heart disease is the number one killer of women, resulting in more deaths per year than all forms of cancer combined. For this reason, the AHA has also instituted its Go Red for Women campaign. Go Red is an acronym for:
-Get your numbers
-Own your lifestyle
-Realize your risk
-Educate your family
-Don’t be silent
Risk factors for heart disease include smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, physical inactivity and diabetes. Age and family history can also be indicative of a person’s risk for developing the disease. Lifestyle changes, such as refraining from smoking, eating heart-healthy foods and engaging in regular exercise can reduce an individual’s risk of heart disease.
The AHA strongly urges everyone to learn proper CPR techniques. Each year, over 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the U.S. Statistics show that if more people knew CPR, more lives would be saved. To register for a class, please visit www.mobilelife.com/education.
“CPR is truly a life-saving skill. Whether you’re in the EMS industry, a parent, a babysitter or a bystander who happens upon someone in need of Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, receiving the training and certification in CPR can make the difference between life or death,” said Mobile Life President and CEO Scott Woebse. “Not only is it important to know how to treat someone in cardiac distress, but also to be able to recognize the warning signs. American Heart Month is an opportunity for us all to educate ourselves and others about the signs, symptoms and tragic effects cardiovascular diseases can have on ourselves and those around us.”
Mobile Life is committed to the mission of decreasing mortality and morbidity from heart disease and stroke. The company’s more than 500 emergency service professionals utilize treatment modalities and medications researched and developed by the AHA. Mobile Life is also an AHA Authorized Provider of CPR and ECC (Emergency Cardiovascular Care) courses. Its New Windsor headquarters has been an American Heart Association Community Training Center for more than 20 years.
For a full list of available courses, or to learn more about Mobile Life, visit the company’s website at www.mobilelife.com. Individuals interested in employment opportunities with Mobile Life should visit the company’s website to submit an application or inquire about educational opportunities to become certified.
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