How to protect your heart in the workplace?

A study published in 2015 in The Lancet, applying more than 600,000 employees, found that those who worked more than 55 hours per week had a 13% greater risk of heart attack and were 33% more likely to experience a stroke than those who worked 35 to 40 hours weekly.

AEDs in the Workplace

AEDs are portable with a microprocessor inside the device that analyzes the heart's rhythm and decides if a shock is necessary. The shock delivers through two monitoring pads placed on a victims' chest. Nowadays, if you take a moment to look around in a large public building, you probably will find an AED nearby (check state laws for requirements). Almost anyone can use an AED today, and no need to wait for an ambulance to arrive. Having AED in the workplace is just as effective as in public places. On-site AEDs save precious time and improve survival chances because colleagues can treat victims immediately.

Why AEDs is Important

Each year in this country, for an estimated 325,000 people, those electrical impulses suddenly become erratic for any number of reasons. This irregular rhythm, called ventricular fibrillation, can cause the heart to stop beating. The result is cardiac arrest. Without an immediate electric shock delivered through the chest wall directly to the heart to restore its rhythm, fewer than 5 percent of victims survive.

How to protect your health

  • Positive Work Atmosphere 

A healthy workplace should provide ethical leadership and safe conditions that recognize and reward your efforts. 

  •  Regular Exercise 

Evidence suggests getting at least 30 minutes of physical exercise a few times a week. 

  • Eat Fresh Foods 

 A heart-healthy diet that limits salt, sugar, ultra-processed food, red meat, full-fat dairy products, fried foods, and other sources of saturated fat can help you manage your weight, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure.

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