September 22, 2012

MHP to Host free heart health workshop

The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA — If you’re interested in having a healthier heart, this workshop is for you.

If you’ve been diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure or struggled with heart disease or other cardiac events, sign up today.

The workshop, being offered on MHP’s campus Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon, will benefit anyone interested in improving their heart health, including those affected by congestive heart failure. Area medical professionals, including registered dietitian Lea Rice and cardiac rehab nurse Renee Edgar, will discuss current treatments for CHF, living a full life with heart disease and embracing a low-sodium diet.

“A diagnosis of CHF means the heart is not able to pump sufficient blood to other organs,” Edgar said. “This can result from many conditions including coronary artery disease, past heart attack and high blood pressure among others.”

Heart failure does not mean the heart has stopped beating, it simply means the heart is not able to pump as forcefully to supply ample amounts of blood and oxygen to the rest of the body.

According to the American Heart Association, about 5 million Americans are living with CHF today and it is the most common reason people age 65 and older go to the hospital. Symptoms of CHF can include shortness of breath, feeling tired, swelling in the feet, ankles and legs, weight gain due to fluid build-up and confusion or an inability to think clearly.

“Since many heart-related diseases can lead to CHF, this workshop is a great tool for people who already have CHF but also those diagnosed with related conditions. A healthier heart can help delay the onset of more serious diseases like CHF,” Edgar said.

The Free Heart Health Workshop will be held in the Cedar Bluff Learning Center (use Entrance No. 3), on the MHP Campus in Oskaloosa. Bring a list of all prescription and over-the-counter medication you are currently taking. Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling (641) 672-3100.

Mahaska Health Partnership, located in Oskaloosa, is a non-profit health system accredited by the Joint Commission. It is guided by its mission to provide exceptional customer service and health improvement, linking the science of medicine with the humanity of compassionate care. For more information about how Mahaska Health Partnership is making healthcare personal, call (641) 672-3240 or visit www.mahaskahealth.org.