Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Heart Month

February is National Heart Month.  Since Women and Babies are my passion this post will be directed towards them....

Did you know that:

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death in American women
  • More than 42 million women live with some form of heart disease
  • More than 200,000 women die each year from heart attacks - five times as many women as breast cancer
  • More women than men die of heart disease each year
  • Women are less likely than men to receive appropriate treatment after a heart attack
  • Women comprise only 27% of participants in all heart-related research studies
  • Heart disease is preventable.
To find out more about women and heart disease go to this women's heart site.
Another good site is the National Institute of Health.
Learn all you can to live a heart healthy life style.

Now on to those babies...
Since I work in a high risk labor and delivery unit, I see my share of babies born with heart defects.  What a stressful way to start parenthood...with a baby that is sick from the get go.  These parents need a ton of support and their babies need specialized care.
Did you know that:
  • Congenital heart defects affect about 35,000 (1 out of every 125) babies each year in the United States.
  • Heart defects are the most common birth defects
  • Congenital heart defects originated in early pregnancy
  • Heart defects are the leading cause of birth defect related deaths.
  • Advances in technology and surgical treatment have led to dramatic increases in survival 

Two good sites to learn more about congenital heart disease are 

Little Jakob has a heart condition.
He sure is one sweet little boy
You can follow his story on  his website.

In honor of heart month I even updated my blog with a little heart banner :)
And, speaking of hearts...I really need to go study my EKG strips since I have an exam first thing in the morning at work.
Happy Heart Month to you! 

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