Heart Disease

Heart Attacks are the number one killer of woman. According to the American Heart Association, one in nine women between the ages of 45 and 64 have some form of cardiovascular disease or CVD. This number climbs to 1 in 3 after the age of 65. Since 1984, the mortality rate of women with heart disease has surpassed that of men. An estimated 40,000 more women die yearly from CVD than men. Breast cancer is a great concern and threat to many women, however breast cancer kills 43,000 women annually in comparison to 500,000 that die of heart disease. (Moran, 2002, 57-67) Up until recently the general thought was to prescribe HRT for heart health. A study being conducted by the Women’s Health Initiative has proven that HRT does not improve heart health.


CPR and the use of the AED

If a woman or a man experience a Heart attack they may become unresponsive. At this point it is important to call 911 and to check for breathing. If your victim is not conscience or breathing then Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) needs to be preformed. CPR is an emergency procedure which is performed in an effort to manually preserve intact brain function until further measures are taken to restore spontaneous blood circulation and breathing in a person.

It is indicated in those who are unresponsive with no breathing that CPR alone is unlikely to restart the heart; its main purpose is to restore partial flow of oxygenate blood to the brain and heart. CPR may buy time for the victim until an AED is brought to the scene. The use of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) during a cardiac arrest can dramatically increase the survival rate for the victim.

An AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrilla . By shocking the heart a normal rhythm may be produced and create a successful outcome for the victim.


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