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It's February - Love Your Heart!

January 27, 2009

For more information contact:

Bill Flora, Deputy Fire Chief/Fire Marshal, 425-430-7000
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director, 425-430-6569

Renton Heart Month Increases Heart Health Awareness

RENTON: As the City of Renton kicks off the 3rd Annual Renton Heart Month this February, citizens are encouraged to take action to reduce risk and increase awareness of heart disease. Mayor Denis Law has proclaimed the month of February to be Renton Heart Month and encourages all citizens to participate in this important citywide campaign.

The Renton Heart Month campaign helps citizens take charge of their heart health by informing them about heart attack risks and how to quickly and properly respond to warning signs. The campaign emphasizes:

  • Heart health awareness
  • Free blood pressure and blood sugar screening
  • Training on how to use an automatic external defibrillator (AED) and CPR training

“Too many people in our society are dying from a disease that we know can be prevented by increased awareness, changing lifestyles and quick response,” said Mayor Denis Law. “Renton Heart Month provides people with the tools and knowledge they need to take the next step toward better health and longer life.”

Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States, taking the lives of over 300,000 family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers each year. This year, along with the Renton Fire and Emergency Services Department, the Fairwood and Kennydale Lions Clubs will offer the opportunity for citizens to receive free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings. For a list of times and locations of screenings visit rentonwa.gov.

In honor of Renton Heart Month, the American Red Cross serving King & Kitsap Counties will present the 9th annual CPR Saturday event on February 28 at Renton Technical College. This free event is open to anyone wanting to learn CPR or refresh their skills. Classes will be offered in English, Spanish and American Sign Language. To register for CPR Saturday, visit www.seattleredcross.org or call the Red Cross in Seattle at 206-726-3534.

Statistics show that prompt delivery of CPR more than doubles a person’s chances of survival. In the past five years in Renton, bystanders have initiated CPR 52% of the time that 911 was called for a sudden cardiac arrest incident. Couple that with knowing how to use an automatic external defibrillator (AED) and chances of survival increase even more.  Over the past five years in the City of Renton a public automatic defibrillator was used by a bystander nine different times, with a successful survival rate of nearly 50%, proving that having an AED easily available, and people trained to use it, can make the difference between life and death.

For more information on Renton Heart Month and to learn about CPR & AED classes contact the Fire & Emergency Services Department at 425-430-7000.