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We Care about your heart

Learn the risk factors of heart disease and how rehabilitation can help after a heart attack.

Throughout the month of love, hearts will be the focus everywhere. Not only on Valentine’s Day but also because February is American Heart Month – an important awareness campaign as heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Lifestyle choices impact heart health. It is important to eat a nutritious diet, exercise regularly, and know the risk factors for heart disease.

About half of the people in the U.S. have at least one of these three risk factors:

  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Engaged in smoking

Other risk factors for heart disease include:

  • Diabetes
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Physical inactivity
  • Excessive alcohol use

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The most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD) which can lead to a heart attack; in the U.S., someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds.

The team members at PAM Health Hospitals work with patients who have had a cardiac event, such as a heart attack or have been diagnosed with angina or CAD.

In PAM Health’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Therapy program a multidisciplinary team of specialists will meet with patients after their initial diagnosis or following a heart health crisis. Once stabilized, the team will aim to help patients:

  • Improve diet
  • Develop healthy methods of weight loss
  • Adjust to taking medications
  • Lower health risks

Care after a heart attack or a heart disease diagnosis can help patients live longer and do more.

If you have experienced a cardiac event or been diagnosed with a heart or lung condition, it is time to reach out to PAM Health. Browse our locations to find a Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program near you.