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Heart Disease Is No. 1 Cause of Death in Kane County

American Heart Month: The Kane County Health Department says heart disease and stroke and No. 1 and No. 3 leading causes of death here. February is the month to do something about it.

Valentine’s Day is a celebration of the heart, which is why we recognize American Heart Month during the month of February. Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 3 leading causes of death in Kane County, and the Kane County Health Department will be emphasizing heart health throughout February. 

The recently completed Community Health Assessment shows that heart disease is the leading cause of hospitalization in Kane County, accounting for 23 percent of total patients; further, as much as 4 percent of the population reported ever having a heart attack.

Throughout February, the Health Department will be emphasizing five themes via social media:

  • Wear Red Day, Feb. 3, highlights the need to focus on women’s heart health.
  • Know Your Numbers: your weight, blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol and body mass index (BMI), is the first step in keeping your heart healthy.
  • Smoking cessation classes
  • Staying Active and eating a healthy diet are two of the best things you can do for your heart.
  • Million Hearts is a national initiative that aims to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the U.S. over the next five years.

 

This article is courtesy of the Kane County Health Department.

Karen Phillips February 02, 2012 at 05:12 AM
I got wind of this information the other day. The health department in the county has more consultants, writers and staff that handle nice press releases like this. But here is one that even had me shocked. I did check on this for factuality after it was shared with me. The health department is warning about heart disease but in last month they submitted a bill for just under a thousand dollars to us, the taxpayers for...Pause for effect...McDonald's gift cards for those coming in for TB testing etc. We are paying for Chairman McConnaughay's favored ex development director to be a consultant for the 'Fit for Kids' program. Obviously the memo on this was lost. BTW the Directors salary went from $98,000 to $153,000 due to "restructuring" as the Chair like to call it. For some additional salary figures see http://thegreatawakening.ning.com/group/kanecountychapter I don't want anyone to think that I'm the only one paying attention to such things. Just remember in March when the Burns/McConnaughay/Russell et al bus rolls your way. I have a photo of the gang in case they want to tell you they aren't all in this tax and spend mode together!. Watch for another cheap shot by proxy on Chris Lauzen tomorrow. They had to kill the messenger of reform before you kill the taxpayers worst nightmare...I know ....biased and all.
Karen Phillips February 02, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Oh, and by the way, 'kill' is a metaphor. Just so the county attorney doesn't hold me responsible for the term. He has to make his $245,000 (county billings) somehow!
David M February 03, 2012 at 05:00 AM
Liberal mental illness plagues Kane County health department.
David M February 03, 2012 at 05:13 AM
Wouldn't you know it, Obama health care doesn't cover heart disease. Page 791 para 31,sect 2a, reads in event of heart disease upon mere taxpayer the goverment shall only be liable for one bottle of Bayer aspirin, any an all other care shall be the responsability of Jiffy Lube Emergency Care Tire and Rotate Center.

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