The Heart Health campaign ran from February 2019 to December 2019. This campaign’s pages are no longer actively maintained.

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UVA Emergency Department cares about your heart health.

The American Health Association tells us that every 34 seconds, somebody in the United States has a heart attack, and every minute, someone dies of a heart-related cause. And many of these deaths could have been prevented.

While UVA Emergency Department brings the most skilled personnel, the greatest expertise, and the most advanced technologies to cardiac crises, our doctors are urging us to minimize the risk in three very simple ways:

Maintain heart health with diet and exercise

Control portion size. Avoid prepared foods, sweets, and unhealthy fats. Eat more fruit, vegies, and whole grains. And walk, walk, walk. Diet and exercise motivate your heart to keep up a steady beat!

Learn CPR

Accidents happen to young and old. While the rescue squad is on its way, there are measures you can take to assist and minimize damage to the heart. Learning CPR and understanding the role of AEDs are life savers. Register now for a class near you. Better yet—enroll co-workers, family members, and neighbors and give everybody in your community a change to become a local hero.

Locate and Deploy AEDs

AEDs (Automatic External Defibrillators) have saved thousands of lives. And you do not need to be a medical expert to apply them in an emergency. Used to analyze the heart’s rhythm and, when necessary, to “shock” a stalled heart into beating again, AEDs come with easy-to-follow instructions. The trick is to find one quickly. Wherever people gather, AEDs should be visible for easy access.

Be a Local Hero. Save a Life.

There are five links in the Chain of Survival:

  1. Recognizing the symptoms of cardiac arrest and calling 911.
  2. Applying chest compressions (CPR) while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.
  3. Deploying the nearest AED (defibrillator)
  4. Standing aside for professionals to perform basic and advanced emergency medical services
  5. Knowing that advanced life support and post-cardiac arrest care is available at the University of Virginia Emergency Department

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UVA Emergency Department has several physicians who specialize in cardiovascular emergencies. If someone is in immediate danger, please call 911 for emergency services. If you are seeking outpatient treatment for yourself or someone else, contact UVA Heart and Vascular Center by calling 434-243-1000. Heart and vascular services are also available through Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital.