How to Manage Risks Associated with Heart Disease - Time is Ticking

How to Manage Risks Associated with Heart Disease - Time is Ticking

Did you know that heart disease is New Zealand’s biggest killer?

The statistics on the NZ Heart Foundation website are quite alarming; 172,000 people are living with heart disease, every 90 minutes a New Zealander dies from heart disease in New Zealand and the scary facts go on.   

Managing heart disease risk should be a huge part of health and safety management and with the right information and the right tools at your fingertips this can be achieved.  Because heart disease is invisible to the naked eye you need to know what to look out for if someone suffers a stroke, heart attack or similar cardiovascular emergency.  Here is the link to the Heart Attack Warning Signs information page on the Heart Foundation website: https://www.heartfoundation.org.nz/your-heart/heart-attack-warning-signs

Help - What Can We Do?

Factors we’re not in control of:

  • Family history
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Ethnicity

Factors we’re in control of:

  • Healthy diet
  • Regular exercise
  • Whether we choose to smoke or not
  • Managing cholesterol and high blood pressure
  • Managing stress

Top Tips - Risk Prevention

If you’re in charge or part of a team in charge of health and safety then there are a number of things you can do to prevent the risks associated with heart disease:

Top tips are:

  • Engage occupational healthcare service providers who can come in and assess and monitor your employee or team health and wellbeing.  They check blood pressure, weight, eyesight, lung function and a number of at risk areas so you can help your team reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Engage with a wellbeing advisor who will assist you in creating a wellness to-do list. They usually have a number of experts on their teams like personal trainers, nutritionists, smoking cessation consultants and similar who will give you all the right information you need
  • There are lots of ways to manage the risk of heart disease however when someone at work, the local sports club and even at home does suffer a heart attack, stroke or a similar cardiovascular emergency you need to act fast to save lives.  The best tool for the job is an AED Defibrillator.  

The good news is today’s AED Defibrillator are a lot easier to use than you think.  The latest technology for the AED SAM Defibrillator has very clear instructions both visually with diagrams, in text and audio.  You don’t have to be a trained first aider to use one and the simple message is; ACT FAST TO SAVE LIVES.

Invest wisely in wellness initiatives and a top quality AED Defibrillator that lasts years and you can rest assured you have done all you can to take care of your team and reduced the risks around the impact of heart disease.  

Contact Total First Aid to find out more information on 0800 509 809 or purchase your quality, cost-effective AED Defibrillator (Rescue Sam) here:

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