New awareness campaign encourages people pledge to reduce sodium

American Heart Association survey shows Americans are unaware of how much sodium they eat

Americans eat too much salt, and most have no idea how much they are eating, according to new consumer research by the American Heart Association.

Nearly all of the 1,000 people surveyed by the American Heart Association (97 percent) either underestimated or could not estimate how much sodium they eat every day. Too much sodium in the diet can increase risk for high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and other major health problems.

Most people who underestimated their sodium consumption in the survey were off by around 1,000 milligrams. That’s a significant amount, considering the American Heart Association recommends 1,500 milligrams a day for ideal heart health. Most Americans consume more than double that.

In an effort to help people better understand and limit their sodium intake, the American Heart Association has launched a new awareness campaign called “I Love You Salt, But You’re Breaking My Heart.” The campaign includes a new website, heart.org/sodium, with an online pledge for people to commit to reduce how much sodium they eat, along with a new video, “Don’t Let Salt Sneak Up on You” (http://bit.ly/1trMjLv), to show how sodium is sneaking into our foods. The site also features a blog, sodium quiz and infographics, links to lower-sodium recipes, and educational articles.

Limiting salt in the bigger picture—the U.S. food supply—is an important goal of the campaign. That’s because 75 percent of Americans’ sodium consumption is from processed, prepackaged, and restaurant foods—not the salt shaker.

“It’s challenging for Americans to stick to sodium intake recommendations because most of the sodium we eat in this country is added to our food before we buy it,” said Dr. Jean Cacciabaudo, member of the American Heart Association’s Long Island Board of Directors and Chief of Cardiology at Southside Hospital. . “In order to really make a difference in the health of all Americans, we must reduce sodium in the food supply through the support of food manufacturers, food processors and the restaurant industry.”

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Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and disability worldwide, and high blood pressure is a major risk factor. One-third of American adults have high blood pressure, and about 90 percent of American adults are expected to develop high blood pressure over their lifetimes. Children, too, are at risk of developing heart disease and elevated blood pressure at an earlier age. Nearly 80 percent of 1- to 3-year-olds and more than 90 percent of 4- to 18-year-olds eat too much sodium.

“America’s health could take a turn for the better if more Americans focused on their sodium intake,” Dr. Cacciabaudo said. “The American Heart Association encourages people to reduce their sodium intake by comparing product labels and selecting the option with less sodium, limiting the consumption of processed, prepackaged, and restaurant foods, and by substituting salt with herbs, spices, citrus juice, or vinegars to season food.”

Reducing current sodium intake by 1,200 milligrams a day has been estimated to prevent between 44,000 and 92,000 deaths per year and save between $10 billion and $24 billion annually in healthcare costs.

To learn more about sodium and to take the pledge to reduce how much you eat, visit heart.org/sodium.

Are you a Heart or Stroke Survivor?

Have you or someone you know suffered from heart disease or stroke?

The Long Island American Heart Association is looking for survivors to form Heart Walk teams and join us at the American Heart Association’s Long Island Heart Walk on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Jones Beach.

The Heart Walk takes a critical step toward raising vital funds for research, education, and awareness of heart disease and stroke. Last year over 4,000 walkers and volunteers participated in the Heart Walk on Long Island and this year we would like you to join us.

Form a team and walk to celebrate your survival, dedicate your walk to a survivor you know, or dedicate your walk to a loved one’s memory.

We also offer opportunity’s to volunteer and get involved in our survivors network.

For information on how to form a team or get involved as a volunteer contact Ann Morrison at 516-450-9104 or visit http://www.longislandheartwalk.org

AHA funds new research network aimed at preventing heart disease, stroke

The American Heart Association is funding a new research network to help people make behavior changes to prevent heart disease and stroke, the two leading causes of death in the world.

Four institutions are banding together as the Strategically Focused Prevention Research Network Centers, funded by a $15 million grant from the American Heart Association, which is designed to help people live longer, healthier lives.

Obesity, high blood pressure and heart failure are among the study areas at the collaborative network, which is made up of investigators from Northwestern University in Chicago, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York and the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. The work will begin July 1.

“Heart attack and stroke can strike suddenly, and frequently without warning. The best way to reduce premature death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke is to prevent the development of the risk factors that lead to these conditions,” said American Heart Association President Elliott Antman, M.D., professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a senior physician in the Cardiovascular Division of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “Scientists working in these research centers are seeking to discover mechanisms that will allow all Americans to live healthier lives, and help lead us to a culture of health.”

A culture of health is an environment where the default choices people make are the healthy ones. For example, the air is smoke-free, nutritious foods are easy to find, safe places to exercise are abundant and quality healthcare is accessible.

The culture of health concept is also important to the association’s goal to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent by 2020.

Getting America healthier means making headway in important areas like smoking, physical activity, diet, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar. Northwestern University will take a closer look at why heart-health measures decline from childhood to middle age and see if the latest techniques can help maintain ideal heart health and reverse declines. The goal is to learn how to implement behavior change programs on a large scale to benefit the most people.

Two major hurdles – an overly salty, heart-hurting diet and the frequent need to take multiple, expensive medications – is spurring Vanderbilt University to develop new approaches for preventing high blood pressure. The goals are to understand how salt causes tissue injury, develop a method to detect and lower excess salt, and determine if a simple treatment in one pill can improve cardiovascular health.

Nearly one-third of adults and children in the United States are obese, with rates even higher in Hispanic and African-American communities. The Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai will aim to build a culture of health in Harlem, New York, with an urban-based health program. Obesity is closely linked to heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, among the leading causes of preventable death.

Heart failure, when the heart can’t pump enough blood to the organs, is one of the most common reasons people 65 and older go into the hospital. Since there are no proven therapies to prevent heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, which affects about half of these patients, the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical School wants to shift the focus to prevention. The center expects to find new interventions that can help heart failure patients in clinical settings.

Each network center will receive about $3.8 million over the next four years.

 

American Heart Association and Volunteers Are Overjoyed At CPR in Schools Passage

Across New York, volunteers with the American Heart Association are applauding the state Assembly’s passage yesterday of the CPR in Schools bill.  The bill passed the Senate last week, and now goes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his signature.

“This is a real act of leadership,” said Dan Moran, president of Next-Act in Colonie and chair of the American Heart Association’s New York State Advocacy Committee. “It is a fitting tribute to Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, who sponsored the bill, and is a longtime supporter of CPR in Schools. We all join his colleagues in the Assembly in giving him a standing ovation as he heads into retirement. We were thrilled last week when the Senate passed the bill, and thank Senator Mark Grisanti of Buffalo for sponsoring the bill there. We also applaud Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan and Senator John Flanagan for their work that will help save lives.”

Melinda Murray of Queens was speechless, and tears were in her eyes when she talked about the bill passage. Murray’s son Dominic died of sudden cardiac arrest when he was 17 years old. “After eight years of pushing for this bill, I cannot believe it,” Murray said. “This has breathed life into Dominic and all the young lives silenced by sudden cardiac arrest. I’m so overjoyed.”

This past Sunday, June 16, was the fifth anniversary of Emily Rose Adamczak’s death from sudden cardiac arrest. Emily was 14. Emily’s mother, Annette Adamczak of Akron, has lobbied nonstop for the passage of the CPR in Schools bill, and trains high school students in Hands-Only CPR.

Adamczak paused to catch her breath at hearing the news.

“We can dedicate this to all the kids, all the ones we lost, not just Em, and all the ones we hope to train,” she said. “This is nothing that can stop us now.”

“It is a great day for New York. Our children and our families are now safer and many lives, young and old, will be saved,” said Steve Tannenbaum of Merrick, whose life was saved by CPR five years ago when he was 56 years old and playing softball.

The CPR in Schools bill now goes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his signature. From there, the Commissioner of the State Education Department has 180 days to recommend to the Board of Regents that CPR in Schools become part of the curriculum.

Merrick Resident & AHA encourages NYto be the next state to pass the CPR in Schools legislation

Reason No. 17: A college graduation, a swearing-in ceremony, and a walk down the aisle

American Heart Association encourages New York to be the next state to pass the CPR in Schools legislation

Since suffering a sudden cardiac arrestfive years ago, Steve Tannenbaum of Merrick serves on four boards that promote CPR and AED use, and has spoken nationally about the importance of both. Tannenbaum is Reason No. 17 to pass the CPR in Schools bill.

“I was 56, playing softball at Oceanside High School, and I collapsed with sudden cardiac arrest,” Tannebaum said. “Two mothers who were picking up their children immediately started CPR. When the Nassau County Police arrived, they shocked me three times with an AED. Within two weeks, I celebrated Mother’s Day with my wife and family; attended my son’s graduation from college and my daughter’s swearing-in ceremony as a lawyer. Last December, I walked my younger daughter down the aisle as she was married. None of these miracles could have occurred if my 2 ‘angels’ hadn’t performed CPR upon me. I’m eternally grateful to them. The CPR in Schools bill will help create many more miracles and memories.”

An updated version of the CPR in Schools legislation (A9298/S7096) was introduced by Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, D-Long Beach, and Senator Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo. The Senate passed the bill on Thursday, June 12, and it is currently in the Assembly Rules committee.

Yesterday, lawmakers and media will receive a one-page document with Tannenbaum’s picture and a brief reason why the CPR in Schools bill should be passed. Since May 5, on each legislative session day, the American Heart Association American Heart Association has shared will share a real story of a New Yorker impacted by sudden cardiac arrest. Some lost their lives to sudden cardiac arrest, some were saved by sudden cardiac arrest, and some saved someone with CPR and/or an AED.

On June 3, nearly 100 volunteers – among them those depicted in the “reasons” – attended a CPR Rally in the Capitol to show how easy it is to learn the American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR.

“CPR is a lifesaving solution,” said Weisenberg. “As a former police officer, school administrator and lifeguard, I know firsthand that we need bystander CPR to save lives. Many people are alive today because individuals trained in CPR — including youth and adults who received that training in school — gave someone CPR until EMTs arrived. I’m committed to passing the CPR in Schools bill so that we can create a generation in which New Yorkers are prepared to save lives.”

“Schools prepare students with essential life skills, and CPR skills are among the most critical lifesaving skills that make our communities safer, year after year, said Grisanti. “It’s time to add New York to the growing list of states that have passed this legislation. I’m honored to sponsor the CPR schools legislation in the New York State Senate and I am proud to work in partnership with the American Heart Association and families in western New York to help make this bill become a law.”Image

“With the Senate passage of the CPR in Schools bill last week, New York moved closer to joining the 17 other states that already have CPR in Schools bills,” said Dan Moran, president of Next-Act in Albany and chair of the American Heart Association’s New York State Advocacy Committee. “We are very optimistic that by the end of this week, the bill will have passed the Assembly and be on its way to Gov. Cuomo’s desk for his signature. Nearly 424,000 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest each year, and only 10.4 % survive. Having CPR performed doubles or triples the chances of survival. It would be a shame for the legislature to adjourn without passing this bill.”

CPR In Schools bill is out of Rules committee in Senate

American Heart Association volunteers urge swift passage of lifesaving bill

 American Heart Association volunteers are optimistic that the state Senate will pass the CPR In Schools bill today, Thursday, June 12, since it moved out of the Rules committee last night.

“Eight days ago, I was one of nearly 100 American Heart Association volunteers at the CPR Rally at the Capitol,” said Karen Acompora of Northport. “My son Louis lost his life to sudden cardiac arrest when he was 14, and I have been coming to the Capitol for eight years to ask lawmakers to pass this bill. What a tribute it would be to my son to see this bill pass.”

Suzy McCarthy of Evans also lost a child to sudden cardiac arrest.

“My daughter Madison will always be 5 years old, the age she was when she died,” McCarthy said. “I hope that today, we are applauding the Senate for passing a bill that stops sudden cardiac arrest from cutting lives short.”

The bill is in the Assembly Rules Committee.

An updated version of the CPR in Schools bill (A9298/S7096), sponsored by Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, and Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, D-Long Beach, calls on the Commissioner of the State Education Department and the Board of Regents to determine if CPR and AED instruction should be included in the curriculum for all students prior to graduation.  Last week advocates from throughout the state – Acompora and McCarthy among them – traveled to Albany to show lawmakers how easy it is to perform CPR.  They pointed out that CPR is easy and affordable; and 17 other states have already passed laws to teach their students this basic life skill. Hands-Only CPR and the basics of how to use an AED can be taught in as little as one class period at minimal or even no-cost to school districts.

Nearly 424,000 people suffer out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest each year, and only 10.4% survive. Having CPR performed doubles or triples the chances of survival.

“As a career paramedic, educator and American Heart Association spokesman, it has been a priority for three decades to see all high school students learn CPR,” said Bob Elling of Colonie.   “This will save thousands of lives in our state alone.”

Robbie Levine has been gone from his family for as many years as he was alive – 9

Reason No. 11:

The Foundation a Merrick family founded in honor of their son has trained thousands in CPR

In September 2005, Robbie Levine was rounding the bases during a Little League game when his heart stopped.

“Robbie was 9 when he died of a sudden cardiac arrest – that was 9 years ago,” said his mother, Jill Levine, of Merrick. “He’s been gone as long as we had him here with us, and we still miss him.”

“We started The Robbie Levine Foundation to honor his memory,” said Robbie’s father, Dr. Craig Levine. “Our foundation has sponsored free CPR and AED trainings, and we have trained thousands of people in CPR and AED use.  These include coaches, parents, and even students in their middle and high schools.”

“We urge the state Legislature to pass the CPR in Schools bill this year,” Jill Levine said. “If we train an army of lifesavers, we can reduce the grim statistic that brings too much pain to too many people.”

Robbie Levine is Reason No. 11 in the American Heart Association’s “So Many Reasons” campaign urging New York lawmakers to pass the CPR in Schools bill.

On Tuesday, June 3, Robbie’s parents will be among the  nearly 100 volunteers with the American Heart Association at the CPR Rally in the Well of the Legislative Office Building to call for passage of the CPR in Schools bill, to unveil a survivors gallery and memorial gallery, and to provide a mass CPR demonstration.

The CPR Rally is part of the “So Many Reasons” campaign that the American Heart Association launched on Monday, May 5. Each legislative session day, the American Heart Association shares a real story of a New Yorker impacted by sudden cardiac arrest.

Lawmakers receive a one-page document with a photo of someone saved by CPR, someone lost to sudden cardiac arrest, or someone who lost a loved one to sudden cardiac arrest. The same is being sent to statewide media, and shared on the American Heart Association’s social media sites, primarily the facebook page American Heart Association – New York State.

“The faces of sudden cardiac arrest will surprise you,” said Dan Moran, president of Next-Act and chair of the American Heart Association’s New York State Advocacy Committee. “No one is immune. More than 400,000 people nationwide suffer sudden cardiac arrest…and nearly 90 percent die.  It’s time to change this.  CPR can more than double your chances of survival. The people in the ‘So Many Reasons’ campaign aren’t just numbers.  They are fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters and friends.”

An updated version of the CPR in Schools legislation (A9298/S7096) has recently been introduced by Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, D-Long Beach, and Senator Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo. The bill is currently in the Education Committees in both houses.

“CPR is a lifesaving solution,” said Weisenberg. “As a former police officer, school administrator and lifeguard, I know firsthand that we need bystander CPR to save lives. Many people are alive today because individuals trained in CPR — including youth and adults who received that training in school — gave someone CPR until EMTs arrived. I’m committed to passing the CPR in Schools bill so that we can create a generation in which New Yorkers are prepared to save lives.”

“Schools prepare students with essential life skills, and CPR skills are among the most critical lifesaving skills that make our communities safer, year after year, said Grisanti. “It’s time to add New York to the growing list of states that have passed this legislation. I’m honored to sponsor the CPR schools legislation in the New York State Senate and I am proud to work in partnership with the American Heart Association and families in western New York to help make this bill become a law.”

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