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Oregon Health Shares Warning signs for a heart attack

Learn the signs, but remember this: Even if you're not sure it's a heart attack, have it checked out (tell a doctor about your symptoms). Minutes matter.

Many people fail to recognize when they are having a heart attack. Heart attacks can be very sudden and intense or the symptoms can appear to be something else, and even mask as indigestion.

Many heart attacks start slowly with mild discomfort. Some heart attacks have pain and some do not. Most often people wait too long to get help and that first hour is critical.

Oregon Health News is posting the commons signs and symptoms of a heart attack and encourages everyone age 14 and older to become familiar with CPR.

According to the American Heart Association, there are some common signs and symptoms to look for.

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

Heart Attack Signs in Women

  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  • As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

Learn the signs, but remember this: Even if you're not sure it's a heart attack, have it checked out (tell a doctor about your symptoms). Minutes matter.

If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.

Calling 9-1-1 is almost always the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment. Emergency medical services (EMS) staff can begin treatment when they arrive — up to an hour sooner than if someone gets to the hospital by car. EMS staff are also trained to revive someone whose heart has stopped. Patients with chest pain who arrive by ambulance usually receive faster treatment at the hospital, too. It is best to call EMS for rapid transport to the emergency room.

Safety At Work:

  1. Safety is a team effort. Ensure that every member of the crew knows the safety requirements before the job is started.
  2. Safety is your responsibility.
  3. Always communicate with co-workers during a job in order to maintain safety.
  4. Don't create unnecessary hazards. Notify others of both new and old ones.
  5. Never take shortcuts. Always follow correct procedures.
  6. Wear metal mesh gloves to protect your hands when using sharp knives regularly.
  7. Keep your work area clean and orderly.
  8. If you make a mess, clean it up. Never let safety be someone else's job.
  9. Keep access clear to emergency exits, equipment, and equipment shutoffs.
  10. Prevent accidents by clearly identifying any hazards that cannot be removed.

Health advisories issued for water contact in three coastal locations: Sunset Bay, Mill Creek and Harris beaches

July 24, 2013

OHA News release

Public health advisories were issued today due to higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Sunset Bay Beach, Mill Beach and Harris Beach. Sunset Bay Beach is located in Coos County, and Mill and Harris beaches are located in Curry County.

Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources, such as storm water runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and even animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

Water samples indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can result in diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. Direct contact with the surf or water running into the surf in these areas should be avoided until the advisories are lifted, especially for children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.

While these advisories are in effect at Sunset Bay, Mill and Harris beaches, visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Even if there is no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

State officials advise that the status of water contact advisories at beaches is subject to change. For the most recent information on advisories, please visit the Beach Monitoring Program website or call 971-673-0400, or 877-290-6767 toll-free.

Although state officials discourage water contact, they continue to encourage other recreational activities on these beaches because they pose no health risk even during an advisory. Neighboring beaches are not affected by this advisory.

Since 2003, state officials have used a federal Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state organizations participating in this program are Oregon Public Health, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, view the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website or call 971-673-0400, or 877-290-6767 toll-free.

Fallen Oregon workers to be remembered

Posted in Health & Safety

All Oregonians invited to attend the memorial ceremony

(Salem) – Not all Oregon families are able to welcome home their loved one after a day on the job. Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, invites all Oregonians to attend a noon ceremony on Monday, April 29, 2013. The event will take place at the Fallen Workers Memorial outside the Labor and Industries Building on the Capitol Mall in Salem.

The memorial service will feature the reading of the names of Oregon workers who died on the job in 2012. Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood and Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain will also be among the speakers at the ceremony.

"Each year, we hope to see the list of fallen workers diminish until we do not have a list to read from at all," said Chamberlain. "Until that day, we will continue to fight for safe working conditions. As we add jobs to Oregon's economy and get more people back to work, it is crucial that Oregon employers continue to prioritize safety at the workplace – anything else would be unacceptable and undermine the years of hard work we all have put in to strengthening our workplace protections."

The annual Workers Memorial Day serves as a nationwide day of remembrance. It recognizes the thousands of U.S. workers who die each year on the job and the more than 1 million people in the U.S. who are injured each year at work. The observance is traditionally held on April 28 because Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act on that date in 1970.

"So many of these deaths are readily preventable, the result of problems that can easily be addressed by employer compliance with our rules and with safe work practices," said Wood. "That can make Workers Memorial Day a frustrating experience for those of us who attend each year. But that is also why it is an important event. Because we can, indeed, do better. And we must never forget that."

Through a partnership of labor, business, and government working together to improve workplace safety and health conditions in Oregon, the number of fatal workplace incidents eligible for workers' compensation benefits has been cut by roughly three-quarters since the Oregon Safe Employment Act was enacted in 1973.

Source: OSHA