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February is American Heart Month

American Heart Month is a national campaign reminding everyone that a healthy heart begins with healthy choices. Healthy choices start within our families and communities. These healthy choices can decrease cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease and stroke, which result in more than 17.3 million deaths each year and is the leading cause of death globally. Deaths globally are expected to rise to more than 23.6 million by 2030 and only healthy hearts can keep this from happening.1 For more information on how to improve your heart health and how to get involved, visit the American Heart Association’s Healthy For Good campaign page.

More about heart attack

Some heart attacks are sudden and intense — the "movie heart attack," where no one doubts what's happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren't sure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help.

Immediately call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number so an ambulance (ideally with advanced life support) can be sent for you. As with men, women's most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain. Learn more about heart attack symptoms in women.

Learn the signs, but remember this: Even if you're not sure it's a heart attack, have it checked out (tell a doctor about your symptoms). Minutes matter! Fast action can save lives — maybe your own. Call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number.

Calling 9-1-1 is almost always the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment. Emergency medical services (EMS) staff can begin treatment when they arrive — up to an hour sooner than if someone gets to the hospital by car. EMS staff are also trained to revive someone whose heart has stopped. Patients with chest pain who arrive by ambulance usually receive faster treatment at the hospital, too. It is best to call EMS for rapid transport to the emergency room

Public Health Guidebooks

The following two links contain guides to better help job seekers, professionals, and students understand the changing landscapes of higher education and labor trends in the Public Policy and Healthcare sectors, and their impact on careers and employment in the industry.

Key updates to these websites include:

  • A comprehensive look at the growth of online public health degree programs at not-for-profit universities.
  • Tips for pursuing a graduate degree in public health (MPH, DPH, etc) while working
  • A list of top MPH and graduate programs in public health services for ROI
  • Advice for international students interested in continuing their public health education at a US college.