Following are the top uncontrollable risk factors:
The risk of developing heart disease increases as a person gets older. Although a stroke can happen to someone at any age, the majority of strokes happen to people who are over the age of 65.
The risk of heart disease increases if immediate family members (parents, siblings or children) developed heart disease before the age of 55 or, in the case of females, before menopause. The risk of stroke increases if immediate family members had a stroke before the age of 65.
Gender and Menopause
Men over the age of 55 are at greater risk of heart disease. A woman’s risk of heart disease and stroke increases when they reach menopause. This is due to decreasing amounts of the hormone estrogen, which helps to protect the heart. Reduced estrogen levels may also increase body fat above the waist, have harmful effects on the way blood clots, and affect the way the body handles sugar, a precursor condition to diabetes. A menopausal woman may also show a tendency toward higher blood pressure.
Race or Ethnic Background
First Nations people and those of African or South Asian descent are more likely to have high blood pressure and diabetes and are therefore at greater risk of heart disease and stroke than the general population.
Being trained in first aid and CPR will give you the knowledge and confidence to be able to remedy emergency situations, and it’s a precaution you just may be thanked for later. Contact us today and you’ll be on the road to having the knowledge and preparedness that may one day save a life.
By Nick Rondinelli
CEO – Heart to Heart First Aid CPR Services Inc.
Author of “Ready, Set, Rescue’ copyright 2019
In this video:
First aid is the care and treatment that is provided to an ill or injured person before medical services are provided. First aid can range from calling an emergency medical personnel to performing more advanced procedures such as administering CPR.
The goal in learning first aid is to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to provide help in a medical emergency. Providing proper first aid can save a life, prevent further illness or permanent injury, help with healing and recovery.
Providing first aid means knowing how to recognize an illness or injury, and deciding to act it means getting involved and making a difference. A first aid provider or first aider is someone who identifies an emergency situation and stays calm, takes charge and acts – calls Emergency Medical Services or if necessary provides help until medical professionals take over.
A first aid provider administers first aid to a casualty. A casualty is someone needing emergency medical care because of an injury or sudden illness. There are three categories of casualties in regards to first aid and CPR:
1. An adult casualty is defined as someone who is eight years of age or older.
2. A child casualty is anyone between the ages of one and eight.
3. Finally a person under one year old is defined as an infant casualty.
Knowing these distinctions is important and affects the type of care you may give!
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