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February 2012

Bamberg American Red Cross Volunteer Highlight This month we would like to highlight Laci Smith. Laci has been with Bamberg American Red Cross since September 2012. Laci has used her amazing crafting and baking skills as well as her love for children and animals to further the mission of the Bamberg Station. She was critical in the Tree Lighting Fundraiser by making and hanging decorations that helped us raise money and win an award. Laci has done the legwork for the “Scrubby Bear” children’s hand washing program, and has assisted with the implementation of the PAWS pet therapy program all while working part-time! Look for Laci educating children on the importance of hygiene in the coming weeks. We are incredibly grateful for Laci’s dedication and continued service.

Heart Health What is the number one killer of Americans? If you said cancer think again. It is heart disease! A full one in 4 deaths of Americans is attributed to heart disease. Another common myth is the belief that heart disease only effects men. In fact, MORE WOMEN

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The term “heart disease” refers to several conditions of the heart, the most common being coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD can lead to heart attack which occurs when a section of the heart muscle dies or is damaged by an insufficient blood supply. While heart disease can affect anyone, certain behaviors, conditions, and genetics put an individual at higher risk. Risk factors include High Cholesterol  High Blood Pressure  Diabetes  Tobacco  Poor Diet  Inactivity  Obesity

 Family History Prevention really is the best medicine Eat healthy - Eat foods low in saturated fat, sodium, and cholesterol. Eat foods high in fiber, and rich with fresh fruits and vegetables.  Exercise Regularly  Maintain a healthy weight  Test Cholesterol  Test Blood Pressure  Cease tobacco use Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attack Persistent chest pain, discomfort, or pressure  Pressure, squeezing, tightness, aching, or heaviness in the chest  Dizziness, loss of consciousness*  Nausea or vomiting*  Pale or ashen skin  Throat discomfort*  Shortness of breath* *More likely to be experienced by women

Upcoming Events 

February 1 and 15: Red Cross Volunteer Orientation (1000-1200)

February 7 and 21: Volunteer and Staff Meeting (1200-1300)

February 5: International Humanitarian Law (1200-1700)

February 8: CPR/First Aid/AED class (0900 - 1530)

February 12: Enrichment Social 2 (1200-1300)

Check out this quick quiz to test your knowledge about heart attacks in women.

Call attention to heart disease, the number one killer of women by wearing RED this Friday. Wearing red reminds us and our loved ones to be aware of our heart health. Make a commitment to a healthier diet, weight-loss, more exercise, or to quit tobacco, and encourage other women to do the same! Dedicate some time to learn the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Discover how to help by calling 0951-300-1760 to register for a CPR/AED course. Protect your heart, and wear your red.

“The Single Biggest Health Threat Women Face” C. Noel Bairey Merz, director of the Women's Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, where she is a professor of medicine, presents an insightful and thought provoking lecture on heart disease in women. Heart disease affects the genders in surprisingly incongruous ways, and she reveals these. CLICK HERE TO WATCH

Get Help Quickly Each year, about 1.2 million people in the United States have heart attacks. Heart Disease, which often results in heart attacks, is the leading killer of both men and women in the United States.

Many more people could survive or recover better from heart attacks if they got help faster. Of the people who die from heart attacks, about half die within an hour of the first symptoms and before they reach the hospital. Yet, studies show men wait an average of 3 hours, and women wait an average of 4 hours before seeking cardiac care. Don’t Wait! *Download the free First Aid Application for iPhone or Android*

Reid Heiser (17) saved the life of a grateful Jim Hammer just one week after becoming CPR certified by the American Red Cross.

Reid Heiser

Click Here to hear Reid tell his story.

Help can’t wait

Emergency Communication Messages

Visit us in the ACS Building 7029 Monday-Friday (0800– 1630)

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DSN (314) 469-1760 CIV (0951) 300-1760 By Stephanie Crain Bamberg American Red Cross Vet Clinic and Special Events Volunteer

Take Heart!

You take steps to keep your heart healthy, do the same for your pets. Heartworm Disease develops when a dog is bitten by a mosquito carrying the heartworm larvae. Since some dogs can be infected for many years before symptoms develop, heartworm disease in dogs may not be obvious. Annual testing is recommended and a heartworm preventative program is then suggested. Heartworm preventatives are effective when given properly and on a timely schedule. All approved heartworm preventatives are highly effective, safe, easy to use, relatively inexpensive, and often provide treatment for additional parasites. Prevention is always more safe and affordable than treating dogs with adult heartworm infections. Be certain to have all pets tested prior to starting a heartworm prevention program, as administration of preventatives can cause life-threatening reactions to heartworm infected pets. Please visit the website of the American Heartworm Society ( for more in depth information regarding prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heartworm disease or contact your local veterinarian for additional information.

Do you know where the closest AED is RIGHT NOW? Most people pay very little attention to where the nearest AED is in public places. In case of an emergency it’s important to know where to find these increasingly common life saving devices.

During a cardiac emergency, there are four key links in the chain of survival. Early recognition and contact with EMS, early CPR, early defibrillation, and early advanced medical care combine to increase a person’s chance of survival exponentially. It is up to you to do your part in keeping the chain strong. Contact the American Red Cross today to get trained in CPR and Automated External Defibrillation (AED).

Some of the facilities on USAG Bamberg with AEDs available are: Health Clinic Freedom Fitness Center PX

Commissary HS / Elementary Schools

When travelling in Europe look for the same symbol in public places, in particular public transportation hubs. AEDs are simple and safe to use in any cardiac emergency.

Special Offer in celebration of Heart Health Awareness Month: The first 4 people to sign up for a CPR / AED / First Aid class in February through the Bamberg American Red Cross will receive a FREE family first aid kit!

Bamberg American Red Cross Newsletter February 2013  

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