Heart Health - Many Pieces to the Puzzle

Heart Health - Many Pieces to the Puzzle

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. and February is recognized as American Heart Health Month raise awareness.  Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.  The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions.  To lower your risk:

  • Watch your weight                    
  • Get active        
  • Quit smoking                           
  • Control your cholesterol                   
  • Control your blood pressure    
  • Eat healthy                  
  • Drink only in moderation         
  • Manage your stress     

Kim Derr, RN, Supervisor of Cardiac Rehab at Memorial Health Care Systems stated, “There are a lot of things we cannot control, such as our age, our gender, and we have no control over our family history.” Derr added, “You do control other aspects and it is important to understand you need to do your part for your own heart health. You can control your tobacco use, whether or not you have uncontrolled diabetes, obesity, lack of exercise, stress, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure which are all factors that impact your overall health and the health of your heart.”

Working in Cardiac Rehab, Derr and the Cardiac Rehabilitation team often do not see patients until they have had a cardiac event or episode. Cardiac Rehabilitation is an outpatient program offered to help people recover from a heart attack, stent replacement, bypass surgery, heart failure, heart transplant, or valve repair/replacement. In cardiac rehab, a team of healthcare professionals work with each patient to become physically stronger and reduce the risk factors of further complications. Cardiac rehab has been offered at MHCS for over 30 years and is one of the best things you can do for your heart health after a diagnosis of heart attack or heart failure, or after a procedure such as angioplasty or heart surgery. Having this care available in Seward County provides so many benefits to those in need. Not only is the location more convenient, but it’s also easier to stick to a program that is right down the street. Our staff has a lower number of patients per session which means you get more individualized time with staff to identify your specific needs!

If you would like more information about Cardiac Rehab or ways to improve your risks of developing heart disease, speak to your MHCS family physician or call Cardiac Rehab at 402-643-2971.