Volunteer Education & Training: Heart Health
Did you know that heart disease is the #1 killer of women, taking a life every 80 seconds?
In honor of Heart Health month, on Wednesday, February 22 the NYJL teamed up with the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Movement and Northwell Health system to raise awareness about how we can all protect ourselves from this deadly disease.
Dr. Stacey Rosen, a practicing cardiologist and the Vice President for the Katz Institute for Women’s Health oversees the development and coordination of a comprehensive and integrated approach to women’s services at Northwell Health. She recognizes that when it comes to staying healthy, women are very different from men. Dr. Rosen navigated volunteers through the risk, signs and symptoms; addressing ways to combat heart disease through simple lifestyle changes. Among her suggestions, Dr. Rosen recommends physical exercise every day, eating heart smart, sleeping more, stressing less and savoring life. She also encourages partnering with your doctors, family, and friends to practice heart healthy living.
Rosemary Ennis, Assistant Vice President of Community Health and Education at Northwell Health Systems Center for Equity Care, demonstrated valuable lifesaving skills by showing attending volunteers how to administer “hands only” CPR. Ms. Ennis is a NYS emergency medical technician and American Heart Association basic life support instructor trainer.
Heart disease touches so many lives and does not discriminate based on age. Melissa Ennis, a young twenty-something shared her emotional personal story of waking up one summer morning with a feeling “like someone was sitting on her chest.” After several months of testing, Melissa learned she had a rare congenital heart condition in which blood flowed more to one side of her heart than the other. Fortunately, Melissa’s life was saved through open heart surgery, but her story serves as a reminder that that heart disease is not selective and can affect anyone.
Thank you to these speakers for sharing their stories and recommendations on protecting your heart. We know this training ignited a passion in the volunteers who attended and we hope this encourages you to practice “heart smart” habits too!