Earlier this year while playing in a basketball tournament, my heart stopped. If it weren’t for a few heroes that performed CPR and used an AED (automated external defibrillator) my life may have ended right there on the court.
I'm 52 years old; 6'-4" and 192 pounds; I get annual physicals religiously; I have low blood pressure and low cholesterol and no health issues; I've played sports and/or exercised at least 3 times per week my whole life; I eat mostly natural foods and drink only moderately; and I have no family history of heart disease. The picture of health, right? Wrong! I have coronary heart disease, but I didn't know it.
Heart disease and stroke are leading killers in our community, affecting one out of 3 men, women and children. This year I’m volunteering my time to chair the Puget Sound Heart Walk to help educate others on practicing healthy behaviors and learning lifesaving techniques such as CPR. The Heart Walk is a great way to help even more people by supporting American Heart Association efforts on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease and stroke.
Here are some ways you can take action:
- Start a community team with friends, family and neighbors.
- If your office has a team, sign up and join the team.
- Even if you can’t do the walk, make a donation to one of the participants or make a general donation through the website.
- Volunteer your time by helping out at the event.
We hope to see you at the Heart Walk on Saturday, October 15 supporting a great cause!
Chair, 2011 Puget Sound Heart Walk
CEO, Sellen Construction