Heart disease and stroke patients are even more vulnerable to the effects of a disaster. The American Heart Association (AHA) has developed resources and tips to help those impacted by Hurricane Florence. The AHA’sDisaster Resources pageincludes a wide range of helpful information.
In addition, here are some quick tips:
Write down any medical conditions, allergies, medications, doses and time you take medications, along with your pharmacy name, addressandphone number.
Ask for an extra supply of prescribed medications. InNorth Carolina, you have within 29 days of the disaster declaration to obtain one prescription refill or get a replacement for a recently filled prescription. Look foropen pharmacies.
InGeorgiaandSouth Carolina, you can get a 30-day refill of certain medications. Contact your pharmacist to request an out-of-schedule emergency refill to make sure you have enough medicine during the declared state of emergency.
Use the AHA’sPatient Preparedness Planif you have diabetes and use insulin. There you’ll find a checklist of supplies and for guidelines on how to prepare for an emergency
After a hurricane, it can be difficult to find a health care provider for a checkup as well as get medications, especially for vulnerable populations. Stress and trauma also intensify, which can lead to an increase in cardiovascular disease risk.
The AHA encourages cardiovascular disease survivors and their loved ones to join our free onlineSupport Networkto share stories and find resources to help on their journey to recovery. It includes a forum specifically forhurricane support
As always, the American Heart Association remains a resource for information and guidance. Visitheart.orgfor the latest on heart and stroke health.