Published January 11 2013
Heart Week allows firefighters to help residents avoid or treat illnesses that are leading causes of death in the United States, and gives residents a chance to meet with firefighters in a non-emergency situation. Bellevue held its first Heart Week last year, in May.
Residents can consult the Heart Week schedule when it becomes available to see when and where they can conveniently obtain a screening. It will be easy to find the firefighter providing the screening at the city's community centers; signs will be posted at the malls.
- Without proper treatment, high blood pressure can lead to life-threatening heart disease or kidney failure;
- Without proper treatment, high blood sugar (blood glucose) can lead to heart disease, kidney failure and nerve damage;
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) happens from time to time to everyone who has diabetes, and can be easily treated, in the early stages, by consuming 15-20 grams of sugar/carbohydrates; and
- Untreated hypoglycemia can quickly become an emergency situation, possibly including a trip to the hospital for evaluation.