Heart Health Tips for Hurricane Season

Cardiac Health | Monday, June 17th, 2013 | No Comments

Hurricane season starts June 1. Be ready!

A hurricane can rattle even the calmest character, but when heart health concerns are at stake, care and safety are even more essential. If you have heart health concerns, read on to learn what to do in case of a weather emergency.

How can I prepare myself if I'm remaining in my home?

  • Enlist a friend or family member to stay with you.
  • Charge your mobile phone to ensure battery longevity in case the electricity goes out.
  • Know how to reach the nearest ER, including alternate routes in case traffic slows you down.
  • Prepare a thorough first aid kit in case emergency vehicles cannot reach you.

What should I pack in my hurricane kit?
It's essential to have a hurricane kit prepared in advance in case you need to hunker down in your home, relocate to a shelter or hit the road out of town. For those who have their heart health in mind, the following may be useful.

  • Include first aid kit basics.
  • If advised by your physician, pack a defibrillator.
  • Stock up on medication that treats blood pressure, other heart conditions or, if applicable, diabetes needs.
  • Keep a list of prescriptions and all medications you are currently taking.
  • Xerox copies of health insurance cards and information about any special needs should you receive emergency assistance by critical care staff.
  • Buy heart-healthy eating options: canned beans, peanut butter, dried fruit and fruit preserved in water (not syrup), oatmeal and nuts.

If you already have a complete hurricane kit, check if any items need to be replaced. Dented cans, water bottles with broken seals and expired medications are a few items to renew.

Remember to remain calm during a hurricane. Your self assurance and patience will keep blood pressure-raising stress at bay and see you through any disaster. For questions or concerns pertaining to hurricane preparedness, call our free Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-800-447-8206.

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