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Tahoe chief’s corner: Take a CPR class during American Heart Month

Mike Brown
Special to the Bonanza

With February being American Heart Month, we have many opportunities to educate ourselves about heart disease, what our individual risks are and what we can do to make a plan for prevention.

According to the American Heart Association, 76.4 million U.S. adults have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, often known as the "silent killer" because it usually presents no symptoms.

High blood pressure can damage your arteries, heart and other organs and increase your risk for heart disease and stroke. It can be fatal if it's not treated.

Regular health testing is one of the best ways for people to manage their health, and when it comes to blood pressure, it's important for people to know their numbers because detection of high blood pressure can be critical.

Proper nutrition and exercise also play important roles for your heart health. A heart-healthy diet and plenty of exercise are two important keys for optimal health and wellbeing.

Exercise is a great way to boost your immunity, which is especially important during cold and flu season. Just a few minutes a day can help prevent simple bacterial and viral infections.

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Visit http://www.heart.org for more information on exercise and nutrition tips.

Another great tool for your heart health toolbox is knowing how to perform CPR and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

CPR saves lives; it is the critical survival link that buys time for the patient. The earlier you give CPR to a person in cardiac or respiratory arrest, the greater their chance of survival.

CPR keeps oxygenated blood flowing to the brain and heart until defibrillation or other advanced care can restore normal heart action.

AED responders can provide defibrillation within the first few minutes of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. This dramatically increases the patient's chance of survival.

To register for a CPR/AED class visit http://www.nltfpd.net.

"Chief's Corner" is a regular feature in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza from North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Mike Brown, offering information, tips and education material on fire safety, emergency preparedness and other pertinent topics.