The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

February 13, 2013

Golden Living: Practice heart health


ROCKY MOUNT — Every February on Valentine’s Day, we are reminded to show the special people in our lives how much they mean to us. In the midst of flowers, chocolates, and showing our loved ones how much we care, there is yet another reason in February to celebrate — American Heart Month. This heart-healthy event gives us an opportunity to raise awareness of cardiac health and heart disease, and serves as a reminder for us to ask ourselves, “How healthy is my heart?”

While heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States, it is never too late, no matter your age, to learn about heart disease and how to keep your heart healthy.

“With heart disease claiming one out of three adults, we are passionate about encouraging and educating our patients and residents about heart health,” said Vicky Richardson, Director of Nursing Services at Golden LivingCenter - Tarboro. “It is important for people of all ages, races, and genders to understand how vital heart health is in every aspect of their lives.”

Though your heart is no bigger than your fist, it is responsible for pumping blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels within your body. Every day, on average, a human adult heart pumps 100,000 times. With a job like that, it is important not to forget that your heart is a magnificent muscle!

According to the American Heart Association, there are seven simple steps to improve your overall health. With these suggestions, anyone can make a step toward a healthier, happier heart. Even a small change in your everyday routine may could make a big difference. By following the American Heart Association’s “Simple 7,” your heart muscle and body may improve through:

1. Getting active

2. Eating better

3. Losing weight

4. Stopping any smoking habits

5. Controlling your cholesterol

6. Managing your blood pressure

7. Reducing your blood sugar

“Understanding how to care for our hearts and overall health is the first step to fighting heart disease,” said Effie Webb, Executive Director at Golden LivingCenter - Tarboro. “This month, our LivingCenter will work to educate and encourage our patients, residents, staff, and community to better understand cardiac disease, nutrition, and exercise to encourage the best quality of life possible.”

Golden Living and Aegis Therapies provide trusted, quality care to thousands of cardiac patients and residents annually. As a leader in post-acute and long-term care, Golden Living clinicians study the most recent findings and techniques to better care for the needs of our patients and residents.

“At Golden Living, we are experienced in caring for patients who deal with cardiovascular issues including hypertension, coronary artery disease, atrial fibrillation, and congestive heart failure,” said Dr. Michael Yao, Senior Vice President of Clinical Affairs and National Medical Director at Golden Living. “We are committed to following the latest, evidence-based guidelines from organizations such as the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology. Whether it is through dietary therapy, medication, or physical activity programs, we seek to guide our patients in their journey through life.”