Do your students know the warning signs of a heart attack, stroke, or cardiac arrest? Do they know what to do if they or someone else exhibits these signs?
February has been designated as American Heart Month since 1963. Because heart disease kills an estimated 630,000 Americans each year, this month was selected to urge Americans to join the battle against heart disease. It's the leading cause of death for both men and women.
How can you help students become more aware of heart disease and their need to make good lifestyle choices to protect their heart?
Note: Some suggestions are available on the following website: American Heart Association – Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
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Science NetLinks has several resources that can help with this important topic:
The lesson Heart 1:Transplant focuses on the workings and anatomy of the heart and medical techniques that help people live longer, healthier lives. Heart 2: Changing Lifestyles and Heart Health examines and evaluate changes in diet and lifestyle from prehistoric to modern times and how these differences have spurred the development (and better treatment) of heart disease.
Obesity: The Science Inside explores health problems associated with being overweight, including risks to the heart. The tool High Blood Pressure: The Science Inside, helps students understand how high blood pressure is a leading risk factor for heart disease and stokes. Wake-Up Call is a tool using a case study to teach about the risk factors and symptoms of a heart attack and the physiological changes that happen once artery blockage occurs.
Your class can also hear how a heartless worm may help scientists figure out why some potentially useful drugs cause a mysterious and deadly heart reaction in Hearts and Worms. The Science Update Gum and Heart Disease investigates the connection between gum disease and heart disease.
If you are looking for a good resource to teach about the respiratory and circulatory systems, check out Code Fred from the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago.
According to a blog post by Richard Byrne--Code Fred - A Game for Learning About Circulation and Respiration--in Free Technology for Teachers (January 9, 2013) "the game helps players learn about the human body's responses to trauma. The object of the game is to help Fred escape from the woods while he is chased by a wolf. To keep Fred running players have to pump blood, increase the flow of oxygen, and send adrenaline through Fred's body. If a player doesn't respond to the needs of Fred's body fast enough, he will get caught by the wolf that is chasing him."