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Heart Health – What You Need to Know

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Heart Health–What You Need to Know

2016 was heartbreaking. The record amount of celebrity deaths left us stunned. Some of us began blaming the year itself as the culprit for the high number of deaths. Other discussions have pivoted around the idea that many of these untimely deaths can directly or indirectly be linked to current or past drug and/or alcohol use/abuse. There are some statistics that support a decline in lifespan from today’s elderly generation to that of the Baby Boomers or Gen Y. Why? More exposure to both recreational and prescription pharmaceuticals. For every study or expert who shows that trend, there is another that contradicts it, saying that we are all still living longer than humans have ever lived. Proving only that it is too soon for experts to agree. What we do know is that many of 2016’s unexpected deaths were related to heart health; Carrie Fisher. Debbie Reynolds. George Michael and Alan Thicke to name a few.

While the number of high profile deaths shocked us this last year, the reality is that  

heart attacks, cardiovascular disease and/or stroke are the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. Although by now it shouldn’t, people are often still surprised to learn that heart disease kills approximately one woman every minute in the U.S. The notion of heart disease belonging to men is incorrect.

2016 left us questioning how seemingly healthy and fit people suddenly suffer from deadly heart attack or failure? And, most importantly, what can you do if you think it's happening to you or a loved one?

Surviving Cardiac Arrest

First and foremost, we must recognize and not ignore the warning signs of heart attack for men and women, in others and ourselves.

Common Symptoms for Men:

“Elephant on my chest,” pain directly in the chest, and discomfort or pain in other areas, such as one or both arms, the neck, jaw, back, or stomach. Shortness of breath, lightheadedness, nausea, or sweating. Abdominal discomfort that may feel like heartburn.

Common Symptoms for Women:

Chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea, extreme fatigue, dizziness, lightheadedness, pain in one or both arms, upper back pressure, neck and jaw pain, breaking out in a cold sweat.

Once cardiac or heart arrest is suspected, call 9-1-1. Don’t hesitate or “wait and see” – call immediately and then quickly get to work on helping the patient.

According to Jonathan Epstein, a paramedic and CPR instructor for the American Red Cross in Washington, the following steps should be followed.

#1. “The most important thing we can tell the public (is) when you recognize that someone has collapsed suddenly, even if they are unresponsive and show no signs of life, start chest compressions," Epstein said. “For every minute we waste of not starting CPR…we lose about 10 percent of survivability."

#2. There's no need to breathe into someone's mouth. Just push hard on the chest, over the heart, to keep blood pumping to the brain. Press down two inches in depth at a rate of 100 to 120 times per minute. Push every half-second, push hard and push fast. “That is absolutely the best thing we know that will improve chances of survival," Epstein added.

#3. We need to understand that we can help and not be afraid to try to do so. We must be willing to get on the ground and help. Don’t worry about doing something wrong. Doing nothing is the worst thing to do. If you remember one thing, remember this, push hard and fast until paramedics arrive.

Whether you are rich and famous or an everyday Joe, the survival rate of heart attack or cardiac arrest is approximately 10 percent or less. Many reports find that uncoordinated emergency and hospital response play a big factor. Another large factor is that only 3% of the population gets CPR training each year. Training people in cardiopulmonary resuscitation is important, as is having automated external defibrillators (AEDs) handy.

Are you certified in CPR? Ask your employer about employee training. Many HR departments will offer CPR training or reimburse expenses. It doesn’t hurt to ask.

Five Steps to Heart Safety

Genetics do play a role in heart disease but the majority of heart disease can be prevented or controlled by healthy lifestyle choices. Working out, healthy diet, quit smoking, lower cholesterol, lose excess weight, watch blood pressure and blood sugars. And, there are precautions to take before or after a physical exertion, especially if you are middle-aged. Here are a few takeaways to stay heart safe.

1. Exercise

Exercise is one of the best things you can do for your heart. Fitness experts say the health benefits actually come from how often you exercise, not how intensely. Strenuous exercise doesn't just mean running a marathon, lifting heavy weights or playing a competitive game of hockey. It can also be shoveling your driveway after a big snowfall or heavy lifting while cleaning the house or moving. Remember to warm-up and cool down, avoid too much exertion, too quickly.

2. Sudden Symptoms

Don’t ignore any weird symptoms you suddenly experience! It is reported that Alan Thicke had the classic sign of a heart attack, chest pain, but also the more subtle signs like nausea and vomiting. Listen to your own body and pay attention to sudden upper body symptoms, like:

• chest pain

• shortness of breath

• nausea

• dizziness

3. Call 911

If you personally experience discomfort or troubling symptoms, the first thing to do is go inside and sit down. If you don't start feeling better in a matter of seconds — remember, seconds, not minutes — call 911 immediately.

4. Aspirin

After calling 911, get some aspirin into your system quickly by chewing a single full-sized 325-mg aspirin. Aspirin is heart attack first aid and it stops platelets from clumping together which helps to stop the clot from building up. Studies now tell us the best way to get the aspirin in your system as quickly as possible is to chew rather than swallowing the aspirin.

5. Time is Not on Your Side

A heart attack cuts off blood flow to one of your body’s strongest muscles, which is why it hurts. Even more importantly, once the heart muscle gets damaged, it's permanent. A damaged heart doesn't beat as efficiently. Waiting longer to get treated increases the risk of additional muscle damage.

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YOUTH PROGRAMS: 
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Homeschool PE     


Homeschool PE run on Monday’s and Wednesday’s at 2pm. Personal Trainer Jake Wood will be here to run, jump, and play with your kids! There will be NO PE 2/20 for Presidents day

Kid’s Night In: February 10: Trolls Dance Party! 

Bring the kids from 5pm-9pm for a cozy night in. The night will consist of fun activities, dinner, snack and finishing the night up with a movie. Cost for the first child is $20 and $15 for additional children, all children must be on the same membership, or same family. Ages 3 and older are, and non-members are welcome to participate in this event. Registration is limited so register online at prairielife.com or contact Kara Lyles with any questions. 

NEW!!! Tot Time: Starts February 6th 

Try our new interactive education based FREE drop-in class! The kids will be participating in crafts, story time, circle time, and more. Tot time will be on Monday’s, Wednesday’s, and Friday’s from 10-11am for ages 3-5. 

NEW!!! Schools Out! Morning in!

Let your kids wear themselves out while you have some time to yourself. This fun-filled morning will also include a snack. Registration is required and will be open online at prairielife.com on February 5th. Cost for this event is: $15 for 1 child, $25 for 2 children, $30 for 3 children and $5 for each additional after 3 children. 

Kid Contracts

Kids Contracts are continuing through the fall for kid that are 9+. To get a kids contract you need to have a parent and child stop in the nursery to read and sign a contract. It is a great way for our older kids that don't want to come in the nursery or adv. room any more to enjoy the gym.

GROUP X: Joan Beck jbeck@prairielife.com

NEW!!! Family Yoga

We are now offering family Yoga on Saturday mornings at 11:10-12pm in the group fitness studio. We ask that the kids be at least 8 years old. 

February is Heart Health month 

Do something good for your heart by taking one of these cardio classes: FIT, Zumba, Boot Camp, Cardio circuit, Insanity, Positive Moves, Cycle and Water aerobics. Stay Healthy!!

PILATES: Charlene Covey ccovey@prairielife.com

February is Heart Health Month and we're celebrating with $5 Jump Board classes!!  All the profits from the classes will be donated to the American Heart Association!  The Jump board is an attachment that converts a Pilates reformer into a horizontal jumping machine. The spring tension takes gravity out of the equation, so it feels like you're jumping on the moon. The jump board is a low-impact, joint friendly way to get your heart rate up.  Try a $5 class today and jump into a healthier, happier February!!

Contact Charlene Covey, Pilates Director at 402-679-6386 or ccovey@prairielife.com to sign up for a class.  You can also sign up at the gym by the Pilates studio.
 
PERSONAL TRAINING: Matt Johnston mjohnston@prairielife.com

Teens in Training (TNT)

Boys and girls ages 10 to 13 are encouraged to take a safety course with one of our certified personal trainers on how to properly and safely train upstairs. Once they have graduated from the certification program they will be permitted to workout upstairs with a guardian 19 years or older. (TNT50)

Teens, ages 12 an order can also choose a package in which they will receive their certification along with 3 personal training sessions. The training sessions will be geared towards the teen’s strength, ability, and coordination. These sessions will allow your teen to have a better idea of what types of workouts will be beneficial for them and their growing and changing body. This course is a one-time fee of $120.00. *Additional personal training can be purchased. (TNT120)

AQUATICS: Peg Ryan prayn@prairielife.com

Lifeguarding Class

Registration is open online for our next lifeguarding class to be held February 18, 19, & 20. Cost for PLF members is $175 and $225 for non-members. 

Swim Team

The new session for swim team has started but registration is still open! Any level 4 or level 5 swimmers qualify!
 
 
 

Manager's Corner

Healthy and Happy Valentine's Day

All you need is love and to make as many healthy decisions as possible to stay heart healthy. Don’t stress, cutie, it isn’t good for your heart or for your health. Perfection isn’t the goal; striving for a strong heart and lowering cardiac risk will keep you hugging and kissing, forevs!  

If we can learn from the losses of 2016, not taking anything for granted should be on the list. Heart health is within our control, exercise and a healthy diet is a great place to begin. This month we discuss steps to take if faced with sudden symptoms of heart attack or cardiac arrest with others or ourselves. Check it out today.

Spring is also right around the corner. We are as excited as you! Stay busy and get ready for spring and summer with all of our classes, programs and working with personal trainers.

Will You Be Our Valentine?

Joanna Cole, General Manager

PS. Remember to take your workout on the go with the PerFit App! Download it today on the APP Store or on Google Play.

 

Perfit exercise of the month

Improve your heart health with frequent exercise

Click above to see a video of our exercise of the month and click below to download PerFit, available on both iPhone and Android!


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