It was Mother’s Day recently and I was lucky enough to spend the day with my mother. In February my mother was diagnosed and treated for heart disease. She had been having chest pain when walking and it even woke her at night. She had to be admitted into the hospital and got a trip to my very own Heart & Vascular Center at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center
It’s February, that means it’s Heart Month! However, here at the Heart & Vascular Center at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, every month is Heart Month. It’s our constant goal to provide excellent cardiac care for every patient every time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have dedicated staff willing to leave their families day or night to care for you and your family members. I’m so proud to be part of a select group that is willing to commit to the constant demands, the continuing education, and the call time.
Healthcare is an ever-changing field and Hutchinson, Kansas is doing a great job at keeping up. Every year brings much new advancement, which tends to be very costly for healthcare facilities; however, these costs ultimately minimize errors, improve patient recovery and increase efficiency, creating a better experience for the patient.
By: Judy Diggs, RRT Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
Respiratory Care Week is October 23-29 so I would like you to join us to help raise awareness to improve lung health around the world. This year’s theme is ‘Real Life Heroes’.
I recently started a new strength training program, and my legs are SORE! It hurts to walk and my hips ache. My discomfort will only last a couple of days and I know why I’m hurting. What about you? Do you have pain when you walk? How far can you walk? A block, half a block? Do you ever get cramps in your buttocks, thighs, or calves? Does it get better when you rest? Do you have sores on your shins or feet, that don’t seem to get any better? You might have peripheral artery disease, or PAD.
Heat illness is a major threat to those of us who are spending much of our time outdoors. Heat illness can occur when your body cannot produce enough sweat to lower your body temperature. This can happen when you are exercising or working for too long in the heat and are not drinking enough water to keep your body hydrated. Thousands of workers experience a form of heat illness every year. Many of these could have been prevented by seeking shade and drinking water regularly.
Twenty-first century children growing up in the United States spend an enormous amount of time with digital media. According a Kaiser Foundation study conducted in 2010, children between the ages of eight and 18 spend an average of 7 hours 38 minutes a day with digital media. That is a lot of time to spend on anything that is not heart healthy. Playing outside helps promote a healthy lifestyle and combats child obesity.
Hutchinson Regional Medical Center provides an abundance of resources available not only to employees but also to the public. These resources are meant to be used to fulfill any needs our community may have. One of those resources would be the education department. The education department is the center to many of the resources provided by Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Education helps sponsor and inform the public about upcoming events and additional information or questions the public may have about an event.
Strength training and its benefits are all about balancing stress and recovery. Every time you perform a strength exercise, you create microscopic tears in the muscles you’ve worked. So when you take some time off from working that muscle, the fibers begin to repair themselves and come back stronger than they were before. On the flip side, if you tax the same muscles every day, you aren’t supplying them with the time they need to actually become stronger. Instead, you’ll risk overtraining and lackluster results.
May is Stroke Awareness Month!
Stroke Awareness Month helps promote the significance of strokes and how we can effectively identify the symptoms of one. Hutchinson Regional Medical Center wants to aid in this effort not only to raise awareness but to educate the public on what to do when a stroke occurs. By spreading the word about strokes we could potentially lessen the amount of casualties that result each year.