February Heart Month

My wife and I are always worried about the health and well-being of our aging parents. Anne’s family lives in the Philippines and mine are here in Vancouver. Anne keeps regularly communication with her mom and dad however I can always see the sad look in her eyes when she hears that her parents are having health challenges. In the past, she’s been tempted to want to jump on a plane just so she can see her mom and dad again. The last time we visited was for Rianne’s first birthday in May 2013.

I was recently contact by the team at Bayer regarding their new Aspirin 81 mg Awareness Campaign and felt this would be a great fit for our Daddy Blogger readers since, like Anne and I, I’m sure you are just as worried about the health of your aging parents and loved ones. Have you had “the Heart Attack Talk” with your loved ones yet? If you find it awkward to bring up the subject, you might like to do it while cooking a meal together or while driving or over a nice cup of coffee.

Here are some tips that may help you when discussing the issue with your loved ones.

In the event of a heart attack, call 911, then crush or chew two ASPIRIN® 81mg tablets, it may help save your life or the life of someone you love. One heart attack occurs every seven minutes in Canada, with an estimated 70,000 heart attacks annually. So in the short time you take to read this blog post, it’s very likely there has been one heart attack somewhere in Canada. A recent survey by Vision Critical found that while 75 per cent of Canadians feel they know the signs of a heart attack, however only 10 per cent of those were able to correctly identify the correct symptoms when asked.

 

 

 

Of course, it is key to know the signs of a heart attack in order to be prepared. Some of these signs are:

 chest discomfort

 upper body discomfort (including discomfort in the arms, jaw, neck and back)

 shortness of breath

 sweating and nausea

 light-headedness

Here’s some interesting stats found by Vision Critical:

 

 A new survey conducted by Vision Critical and commissioned by Bayer Inc. found that 74 per cent of Canadians aged 18-54 agree that their concern for the health of their parents and/or loved ones increase as they age

 The survey also found that 34 per cent of Canadians aged 18-54 agree that they find it difficult to discuss their parent(s) and/or loved one’s health and well-being with them

 59 per cent of Canadians aged 35-54 worry about the health of a parent or loved one regularly, and over half of this demographic (51 per cent) agree that they are more concerned about their parent or a loved one’s health than their own

 

Concerns around Health and Well-Being of a Parent or Loved One – Canadians 18-55:

 64 per cent of Canadians agree that they would keep ASPIRIN® 81mg on-hand if it could help save their parent(s) and/or loved one in the event of a heart attack

 Nearly one fifth of Canadians (19 per cent) aged 18-54 agree that they would rather discuss finances with their parents and loved ones than their health

 

o This goes up to nearly one quarter (24 per cent) for men

 Over half (51 per cent) of Canadians aged 18-54 wish their parent(s) and/or loved one took their health more seriously

Concerns around Health and Well-Being of Themselves vs. Children – Canadians 55+:

 64 per cent of Canadians aged 55+ agree that they would keep ASPIRIN® 81mg on-hand of it may help save their life in the event of a heart attack

 47 per cent of Canadians aged 55+ agree that they are more concerned about their child/children’s health that their own health

 90 per cent of Canadians aged 55+ feel they are aware of risks to their health, and how these risks change as they age

1 “Statistics.” Heartandstroke.ca. Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Web. 8 Oct. 2014.

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