• From The Nurse's Desk

    Healthy Heart
    By Debra Welch BSN, RN, PHN
    There are several suggestions to follow when achieving a healthy heart:
    • Diet and nutrition: Remember to try and eat foods low in fat and cholesterol. Try to replace fatty foods with healthier choices such as fruits and vegetables.

    • Exercise and fitness: Developing a fitness routine cannot only strengthen your heart, but boost your energy level as well. Remember cardiovascular exercise does not have to be boring. Basketball, tennis, and walking with friends and family are a few examples of making fitness fun!

    • Smoking: This can be challenging to overcome and sometimes requires various types of support. However, smoking can really put a lot of strain on your heart. Not to mention the rest of your body.

    Managing a healthy heart also includes knowing what the signs and symptoms of a heart attack look like. If you experience the following, call 911:Chest Discomfort: Often can be felt in the center of the chest and lasts more than a few minutes or may come and go. Chest discomfort may include pressure, pain, squeezing, and/or fullness.

    • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body: Pain or discomfort in one of both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.

    • Shortness of breath: With or without discomfort

    • Other signs: Breaking out into a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness.