Raising Awareness for Cardiovascular Diseases in February

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News Team

February marks the beginning of awareness month for cardiac arrest, a condition that claims the lives of over 350,000 people in the United States each year. Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death among women, affecting almost 45% of those over 20 years of age. Women are less likely than men to receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation from a bystander, so it is crucial to acquire knowledge of CPR. Experts say that performing CPR immediately can double or even triple a victim’s chances of survival.

Performing CPR involves calling 911 and then pushing hard and quickly in the center of the chest to the rhythm of a song between 100 to 120 beats per minute. It’s important to note that mouth-to-mouth breathing is not necessary. The American Heart Association offers recommendations on how to improve our health and prevent heart disease, including controlling blood pressure, staying active, controlling cholesterol, eating better, losing weight, and not smoking.

In Phoenix, Arizona, there are certain roads that have a higher rate of fatal accidents. Indian School Road from N 3rd Street to N 43rd Avenue has had 22 fatal accidents, with 4.9 accidents per mile. Indian School Road from N 89th Avenue to N 51st Avenue has had 20 fatal accidents, with 4.3 accidents per mile. 43rd Avenue from W Lamar Road to McDowell Road has had 16 fatal accidents, with 3.3 accidents per mile. Bethany Home Road from N 17th Avenue to N 56th Avenue has had 15 fatal accidents, with 3.1 accidents per mile. Mcdowell Road from N Bushmaster Boulevard to N 24th Street has had 13 fatal accidents, with 3.3 accidents per mile. Cave Creek Road from E Union Hills Drive to E Desert Cove Avenue has had 11 fatal accidents, with 2.3 accidents per mile. Bell Road from N 3rd Street to N 43rd Avenue has had 10 fatal accidents, with 2.0 accidents per mile. Thunderbird Road from N 59th Avenue to N 21st Avenue has had 10 fatal accidents, with 2.1 accidents per mile. 35th Avenue from W Van Buren Street to W Bethany Home Road has had 10 fatal accidents, with 2.0 accidents per mile. 51st Avenue from W Roosevelt Street to West Vermont Avenue has had 10 fatal accidents, with 2.5 accidents per mile.

Last year, 30 Arizonans died as a result of vehicle accidents to which the Department of Public Safety responded during rainy days. This precipitation is expected to continue throughout the holiday weekend with temperatures below 65 degrees in most of the valley. It’s important to exercise caution and drive safely during these conditions.

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