THE JACKSON SUN
Published 6:24 PM EDT Oct 22, 2018
The American Heart Association wants hearts to keep beating — and for everyone to live a long and healthy life.
With that in mind, the West TN area American Heart Association held its third annual “Feast In the Field” at the Farm at Casey Jones Village. West Tennessee area donors and volunteers joined AHA staff Oct. 16 at the Casey Jones Village Teaching Gardens for heart-healthy food, live music and an inspirational message from the American Heart Association.
“We prioritize time to thank our volunteers, sponsors, donors and our board every year because without them we could not move our mission forward,” Christy Futrell, Regional Director for the West Tennessee American Heart Association, said in an emailed statement. “This evening has really grown to something our volunteers are excited about and look forward to each year!”
At the annual event, Jeff Agee, CEO of First Citizens National Bank, and Larry White, CEO of White & Associates Insurance and White & Associates Home Assistance, spoke about the importance of workplace wellness and how the health of their employees plays a vital role in their success.
The American Heart Association knows building a healthy workplace and encouraging a healthy workforce can lead to increased productivity, less absenteeism, and health-spend savings for employees and employers, according to a press release. During the evening the AHA shared with donors, volunteers, and supporters how AHA benefits the local West TN community not just through research and education, but also their programs, and highlighted the resources available to all West Tennessee employers — at no cost.
“I’m so proud of the work of this organization. We work for all to have healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke, and we are thankful to our supporters for helping us move the needle, specifically here in West Tennessee,” Futrell added.
Most people know that eating healthy is good for their hearts — but what about warning signs that a heart could be in trouble? Here's what to watch out for:
Heart attack symptoms
- Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body
- Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
Shortness of breath
- With or without chest discomfort
- May include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
Spot a stroke FAST
- Face drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
- Arm weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- Speech difficulty: Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "the sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?
- Time to call 911: If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 911 and get them to the hospital immediately.
Cardiac arrest symptoms
- Sudden loss of responsiveness
- No response to tapping on shoulders
- No normal breathing
- The victim does not take a normal breath when you tilt the head up and check for at least five seconds.
Be informed: Find more information online at: heart.org
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.