Highlighting the Connection between Heart Disease and Hearing Loss during American
January 27, 2011
In the hearing health community, we’ve long recognized the link between heart disease and hearing health. This year, ENT Institute is joining forces with the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and the American Heart Association to promote American Heart Month in February and to celebrate National Wear Red Day®.
This will be the first Friday in February when Americans nationwide wear red to show their support for women's heart disease awareness. This year, National Wear Red Day® is being observed on February 4, 2011.
It is extremely important for the healthy hearing community to encourage awareness of heart disease, it’s relation to healthy hearing, and actions people can take to protect both their heart and hearing health.
According to the AHA, heart disease is our nation’s No. 1 killer. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , about every 25 seconds an American will have a coronary event. However, there is good news:
There are things people can do to protect the health of their heart and reduce their risk of heart disease progression.
Coronary artery disease, usually referred to as simply "heart disease," is the most common form of cardiovascular disease. It is a disorder of the blood vessels of the heart that can lead to a heart attack. A heart attack happens when an artery becomes blocked, preventing oxygen and nutrients from getting to the heart.
This is directly related to the overall blood flow and how it affects the vascular pattern of the inner ear, the cochlea. Studies show that a healthy cardiovascular system—a person’s heart, arteries, and veins—have a positive effect on hearing. Conversely, trauma to the blood vessels of the inner ear can cause damage, negatively affecting a person’s capacity to hear.
At ENT Institute we are encouraging participation in American Heart Month and National Wear Read Day® as an important contribution we can make to saving millions of lives in our country by increasing awareness of the life-saving importance of protecting your heart; and an opportunity to highlight the connection that a healthy heart has on hearing health.
Together our efforts will also help inform people with heart disease that its not just their heart at risk, but their hearing may be also be jeopardized and that it is important for all of us to include hearing checks as part of our routine medical exams.
For more information on hearing, diseases of the ear, and how to promote healthy hearing please check out our website at www.ENTInstitute.com or call us at 770-740-1860.
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