Each year, the number one killer of women – heart disease – claims more lives, despite our best efforts to educate, encourage and support healthier lifestyles.
Similarly, sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in young athletes during exercise. Once every three days in this country, a competitive young athlete suffers sudden cardiac arrest. In up to 80 percent of these cases, there are no warning symptoms to alert a child or family that a heart problem exists.
Prompt treatment of sudden cardiac arrest, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use of a defibrillator (AED) within minutes will save lives. Having AEDs immediately available at the time of need will increase the chance of survival from sudden cardiac arrest more than 10-fold!
Make It Your Mission to help save a life with CPR. Anyone can learn CPR – and everyone should. Sadly, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed. This alarming statistic could hit close to home, because home is exactly where 80 percent of cardiac arrests occur.
Put very simply: The life you save with CPR is most likely to be someone you love. Learn how to administer Hands-Only CPR by watching a simple one-minute video HERE.
Women play a critical role as informed health care decision-makers for themselves and their family. Physical activity and exercise are the foundation to health, wellness and disease prevention. Education and action regarding school safety is also crucial to protecting our children from sudden cardiac arrest.
By supporting the efforts of the American Heart Association and the Go Red For Women campaign -- including education, emergency response planning, CPR training, and placement of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) into every school -- we can be an integral part of the fight against heart disease and sudden cardiac arrest in our families and our community.
As founder and chair of the Heart of Seattle Schools Project, partnering to make our schools and community safe from sudden cardiac arrest, I am honored to be the keynote speaker for this year’s luncheon. Chaired by UW Medicine’s Chief Health System Officer Johnese Spisso, the luncheon will be held on Tuesday, May 17, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Sheraton Seattle.
Together, we can raise awareness about this deadly disease and the preventative measures that can protect the ones we love from a tragic event.
Tickets for the 2011 Go Red for Women Luncheon are available at PugetSoundGoesRed.org or by calling (206) 834-8616.
Dr. Jonathan Drezner is an associate professor of family medicine at UW Medicine and team physician for the Seattle Seahawks and UW Huskies. He can be reached at 206.221.2443 or at firstname.lastname@example.org