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AHC HEALTHY HOSPITAL HINTS

February is National Heart Month and this Friday 2-5-16 is NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY. Ashland Health Center and Ashland USD are proud to team up to support awareness for  cardiac health! Show your support by wearing red this Friday. Join us for an exciting evening of High School basketball. If you wear red to the Ashland vs. Meade ballgame you will get $1 off admission. Dr. Daniel Shuman and Mr. Mike Mages, CEO will address the crowd at half time of the HS Boys game. Blue Jay for life but this Friday GO RED!!!!!

February is National Heart Month! We are all well aware that this month is a time to recognize those who hold the spaces nearest and dearest to us. So, when you are picking out that perfect Valentine’s Day card to express your feelings spare a few moments to arm yourself with knowledge to protect the hearts you love the best!

Uncontrolled high blood pressure is the leading cause of heart disease and stroke. Hypertension is a disease that is easy to ignore or rationalize because it often shows no signs and symptoms and escalates slowly over time. The nurses at Ashland Health Center will always be happy for you to come take advantage of our courtesy blood pressure check service. It is important to establish a baseline blood pressure, so come get yours checked no matter age or health status. If you have hypertension you are not alone. According to the CDC, “more than 67 million Americans have high blood pressure. People with high blood pressure are four times more likely to die from a stroke and three times more likely to die from heart disease compared to those with normal BP.” When talking about heart attacks we commonly say “time is muscle”, meaning it is important to identify a potential problem early. To that end here is a list of common signs and symptoms you may be having a cardiac issue. Chest pain or pressure is the most common symptom of a heart attack but there is a wide range of other symptoms, including jaw pain, toothache, headache, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, abdominal discomfort, sweating, heartburn, indigestion, arm pain, upper back pain, vague feeling of illness and/or imminent sense of doom. The most frightening symptom is no symptom at all. Silent heart attacks are especially common among people with diabetes. This information is not meant to frighten you, but knowledge is power!! I routinely tell patients, if you even have a thought in your head that something you are feeling could be heart related, come see us! Let the doctor rule it out with a non-invasive EKG and minimally invasive blood tests. You can’t put a price tag on peace of mind and besides there is a good chance I went to high school with your son or daughter and I think they would want me to tell you to come in and check it out!

There are so many blessings related to living in a small, close-knit community and I am proud to call Ashland home. As a nurse, one of those blessings is we know all our patients so well prior to them being our patients. You are our neighbors, mentors, former teachers and coaches; you are our friends and family. As such we are extra concerned with your health. To that end AHC is starting a health and wellness initiative. We look to be more active in the community. We aim to team up with organizations that are already working diligently towards the betterment of this community such as the Chamber of Commerce, the Fitness Center, and WEPAC. This monthly column is just the beginning and we are excited about much more to come! In the near future look forward to a community walk/run group, community yoga classes at the hospital, cooking classes, telemed services for specialties like wound care and diabetes management. We are also looking to team up with the Chamber of Commerce for a community wide weight loss contest. Stay tuned for details.  And please let us know if you have any questions or concerns regarding diet, health, or wellness.  There is a nurse available for advice 24/7! Just give us a call at 620-635-2241.

To show our awareness of National Heart Month please join us in wearing red on February 5. There is more information about the GO RED initiative at www.goredforwomen.org and check out Elizabeth Banks in “Just a Little Heart Attack” on YouTube. In February we urge you to begin to make your heart health a priority. Start by scheduling a prevention check-up, a well-woman visit, start a discussion with your doctor about blood pressure, check cholesterol levels and be aware of the signs of possible heart disease. Don’t put it off! Now is the time! An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. 

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