On February 1st, my colleagues and I participated in a walk to commemorate Wear Red day, sponsored by the American Heart Association. The AHA holds this event and they ask participants wear red to spread the message of heart health for women.
During the walk, I reflected on many of the situations I have come across in my life involving people who were in a medical crisis or going through the pain of cardiovascular disease. I no longer serve in a first responder role, so the frequency of encountering these situations has decreased.
One does not have to work as a first responder, or a physician, to play a critical role responding to people having a cardiovascular crisis. In fact, much of the work can be done before a responder ever enters a crisis situation. People should routinely analyze their individual work spaces and homes to find impediments that need correcting should an emergency occur. In a home, this could be simply be making sure that others have easy access in an emergency and making sure there is appropriate space to move around in.
Did you know the same considerations can be taken on a community level? City leaders, in conjunction with first responders, should routinely analyze the needs of a changing population. A new company or housing development creates different traffic patterns which first responders must navigate. New methods of work, such as telecommuting, creates a new and different set of issues – people once expected to be downtown during the day, are now at home, many times alone. City leaders and first responders must quickly respond to changing trends.
Fortunately, CFS Analytics™ provides a solution to help leaders making these important decisions This solution allows first responders and city leaders to effectively analyze 911 data to spot new trends and to quickly adjust to them.
According to the AHA a person can reduce the risk of a cardiac event by monitoring their health, blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. People should also exercise appropriately and get regular checkups. These are measures that people can take on a personal level.
As a community, we can all take part in making changes that protect our neighbors, loved ones, and ourselves.