Henry County Fire Department Joins Forces with Piedmont Henry Hospital to Raise Awareness on the Early Signs and Symptoms of Stroke and Heart Attack
Henry County Fire Department has joined forces with Piedmont Henry Hospital on an initiative to improve the outcome of those, in the community, who may become victims of the top causes of death; Stroke and Heart Attack. The campaign kicked off with the education of sixty nine third year Health Science Technology students from Ola, Luella, Henry County, and Eagles Landing High Schools. The students were taught the early signs and symptoms as well as the significance of seeking medical attention early and/or calling 911. As a service project the students will educate one hundred members of the community and each will distribute informational flyers at various events and venues around the county. If each student reaches their goal, of spreading this very important message, nearly 7,000 citizens will receive information that may ultimately save their life or the life of a loved one.
The second round of the campaign will begin in early 2013 with the education of third year Health Science Technology students from Locust Grove, Union Grove, Stockbridge, Dutchtown, and Woodland High Schools. Each student will again be tasked with spreading life saving information to at least one hundred citizens in effort to increase awareness and stop the epidemic that has labeled Georgia as the “Stroke Belt”
Currently Georgia’s death rate by stroke is 16% higher than the U.S. average. Knowing the sign and symptoms of Stoke and Heart Attacks and quick access to obtaining medical attention can significantly change the outcome and recovery of those who fall victim to two deadly illnesses.
Heart Attack Early Warning Symptoms
- Pain that travels down one or both arms
- Jaw Pain
- Chest pressure, squeezing or discomfort
- Back pain
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling of fullness
Signs of Early Warning Signs Stroke
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg (especially one side of the body)
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or under-standing speech
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
“In the first eleven months of 2012, Henry County Emergency Services has responded to 1162 Heart Attack calls and 147 Stroke calls; People who recognize the signs or believe they could be experiencing a stroke or a heart attack should call 9-1-1 immediately. Every minute counts,” stated Captain Sabrina Puckett.