Community Education Programs

Cardiovascular disease is the leading global cause of death, accounting for 17.3 million deaths per year, a number that is expected to grow to more than 23.6 million by 2030. Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined. About 2,150 Americans die each day from these diseases, one every 40 seconds. Heart Attack and Stroke are the leading cause of death in the United States.

Our goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans and reduce deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. These programs are offered to our communities at no cost, donations to enhance and maintain these programs are appreciated.

Heart Attack awareness

This program includes:

Basic education on risk factor and signs / symptoms awareness to offer the chance to engage people in conversation about their understanding of the complexity of heart disease, along with a look at controllable risk factors for individuals in the community.

Stroke Awareness

This program includes:

What is a stroke and how it can impact one's life. Signs/symptoms, deficits a stroke can cause, and current treatment options. Understanding the seriousness of a stroke, and the necessary changes to decrease the risk of stroke. 

heart failure awareness

This program includes:

A community focused awareness that encourages individuals to take an active role in maintaining their heart health. It aims to promote self-health awareness by educating about the signs and symptoms, providing information on diet and exercise, and seeks to make living with heart failure less of a challenge.

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Hands-Only CPR Can Save Lives

Most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location die because they don't receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene.

If you see an adult suddenly collapse, call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest. Immediate CPR can double or even triple a person's chance of survival.

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The 3 Ds of a Heart Attack

  • Denial - Denial plays a deadly role in surviving a heart attack. Incredulity Response; people simply don’t believe what they’re feeling, so they go about their business, engaging in what’s known as Normalcy Bias which is incredibly powerful and sometimes even hazardous. People can act as if everything is okay, and they underestimate the seriousness of their condition. This is called Analysis Paralysis.

        Denial that something bad is happening to us is almost universal, even among individuals with excellent training. It is in our nature          to believe that the weather will improve, that we’ll find our way again, that the fire alarm doesn’t really mean ‘fire!’, or that the                  symptoms I’m having are anything but…a Heart Attack!

       The five most dangerous words associated with chest pain are:

“Maybe it will go away!”

  • Delay - Half of heart attack patients fail to immediately call an ambulance for help, delaying diagnosis and potentially worsening their survival odds. Denial leads to delaying. Women wait an average of two hour before calling 911, more than two-thirds of women take longer than an two hours to get to a hospital and some wait as long as three days before finally arriving at a hospital that could treat them. Knowing and Waiting, decide that you need help, but delay seeking treatment because you do not want to disturb others. Managing an Alternative Hypothesis, decide symptoms are due to indigestion or other non-cardiac causes, and be reluctant to call 911 “in case there’s nothing wrong and I’d feel like a fool”. Minimizing, try to ignore the symptoms or hope the symptoms will go away, and do not recognize that your symptoms are heart-related.
  • Death - Each year close to 1.4 million people in the United States experience a heart attack, and more than 500,000 die from it. Worldwide, over 19 million people die from a heart attack each year. Amazingly, 50 to 70% of those individuals who died from a heart attack were not aware of their risk.

Deny a Heart Attack              Delay Care            Die from a Heart Attack

Treatment Delayed is Treatment Denied!

Sam Dabaja, RN