As one of the country’s unhealthiest states, Alabama has its health authorities in many of its major cities, including Montgomery and Tuscaloosa, hard at work in the research and innovation stakes as they try to find ways to curb the area’s growing numbers of obese, diabetic and hypertensive patients. 32.3% of local residents are obese and 17.9% of children are obese. The high rate of hypertensive Alabamans, though, is what has prompted some of the latest research out of the state, as medical experts believe this silent killer to be one of the biggest potential problems in the fight against heart disease and stroke. Your ACLS certification in Alabama, which you can obtain though our high quality online ACLS course, holds a profound place in a state where health certainly could do with more reform.
With a third of adults living with hypertension (a blood pressure reading of 140/90 or more) in America, Alabama’s average is slightly higher than the national average at 33.9%, prompting ground -breaking research into ways of dealing with high blood pressure that is drug-resistant. Of the 33% who are hypertensive, only half are estimated to be under control.
The University of Alabama in Birmingham has just released details on a new technology, which deadens nerves in the kidneys as an alternative to treating hypertension, as there are a growing number of cases where medication is ineffective. The American Heart Association recently announced it expected the number of Americans with high blood pressure to increase to 27-million by 2030, as the population ages and retains its unhealthy way of living.
In an effort to curb unhealthy lifestyle habits, research out of Mobile, Alabama has focused on sugar consumption as an independent risk factor for the development of heart disease. This is in line with growing national pressure to control the amount of sugar that is consumed in soft drinks and sodas, either by limiting the size of containers or by introducing taxes to dissuade people from over-indulging.
Alabama’s second largest hospital, which is situated in Huntsville, made headlines at the end of 2011 when it announced a technological overhaul to meet the growing demand for efficient emergency services. Huntsville Hospital showed how it was prepared to embrace changes and make the most of the medical technology available. Cardiology, radiology and laboratory reports have now been digitalized in order to accelerate preparation and treatment, and have already begun to show an improvement in terms of recovering patients’ length of stay in hospital as well as the length of time patients had to wait to receive medical treatment. The data is being used effectively to control patient flow and what the hospital terms “bottlenecks” can be sorted out much more efficiently.
A better and more efficient standard of care, as well as education programs, including those that offer ACLS classes, to raise public awareness should also have a positive bearing on the amount of money that is currently being spent on heart disease, which is very expensive to deal with. Prevention is certainly cheaper than the cure, and research by the state’s leading centers has been met with public approval as citizens took to the streets earlier in the year in support of heart health awareness. Getting your ACLS certification or recertification is a significant part of the state’s drive to raise local awareness and provide efficient emergency treatment to those in need.