American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month—the perfect time to learn information that could save your life or the lives of family, friends or coworkers.

Members call California Schools JPA the “JPA With Heart,” and we’re joining organizations around the country to share resources that may help you recognize the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, reduce your risk, and help others.

Resources from our heart to yours

Know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack

Even the thought of a heart attack can be scary. But take just one minute to be prepared by reviewing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack with Warning Signs of Heart Attack, Stroke & Cardiac Arrest from the American Heart Association.

See #HeartMonth for more information to share such as this one minute video about signs and symptoms from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

How the signs and symptoms of heart disease differ for women

According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year.

But the truth is some women don’t realize they are having a heart attack because the signs and symptoms may be different from simply chest pain or discomfort. Here is what you should know about possible heart attack symptoms for women. See #GoRedForWomen for more information to share.

The Go Red for Women® campaign from the American Heart Association

Don’t miss: National Wear Red Day® on Friday, Feb. 7. See #WearRedandGive for more information to share.

Go Red for Women® focuses on ending heart disease and stroke in women with information available on its English and Spanish websites.

Printed resources are available too

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health has a wide range of printed materials available to order or use by downloading from its website. All you need to do is go to the All Publications and Resources page and search “heart.”

On this link, you’ll also find education and awareness materials, including fact sheets, social media resources, animated GIFs and heart health information as it celebrates February with “OurHearts are healthier together.” See #OurHearts for more information to share.

You can make a difference during American Heart Month
This year is the 56th consecutive American Health Month. According to the American Heart Association, “The first proclamation was issued by President Lyndon B. Johnson in February 1964, nine years after he had a heart attack. Since then, the president has annually declared February American Heart Month.”

Today, heart disease is the leading cause of death across the U.S. But it doesn’t have to be. We hope these resources are helpful to you this month—and throughout the year—to raise awareness and take action against heart disease.

Links to Heart Healthy tips on the HealthAdvocate Blog

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