Health

Wed
28
Feb

February is Heart Month at VMH: The seriousness of chest pain


February Heart Month observed at Veterans Memorial Hospital ... February is Heart Month. Anyone experiencing any signs or symptoms of a heart attack should immediately go to the Emergency Entrance or call 911 for medical transport. Time is muscle, so the quicker specialized medicine can be administered, the less heart muscle is damaged. Pictured above is some of the ER staff at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Emergency Room I, including, from left to right, Teresa Schaefers, RN; Dylan Farning, ER Tech; Jacob Dougherty, Paramedic/EMS Supervisor; Seth Bulman, Paramedic and Cheryl Livingston, Paramedic. Submitted photo.

Chest pain is a common presenting complaint in any emergency room, including the emergency room at Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH). There is always the possibility of heart disease in every complaint of chest pain or upper abdominal pain, and it must be taken very seriously.

The common signs and symptoms of an acute myocardial infarction, commonly called a heart attack, are:
1. Chest pain (crushing, squeezing or heaviness).
2. Sudden onset of weakness, nausea, fainting and sweating without an obvious cause.
3. Pain that radiates to the shoulders, neck or arms.

These symptoms occur when the blood flow to a part of the heart is blocked, often by a blood clot. This happens because coronary arteries that supply the heart with blood slowly become clogged from a build-up of cells, fat and cholesterol called plaque.

Wed
28
Feb

VMH Rehabilitation; In-home occupational therapy care now more readily available


In-home occupational therapy care offered by VMH ... Veterans Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation is now able to offer more in-home occupational therapy care, thanks to the addition of Amy Evanson, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. She is pictured above at left with Judy Shogren of rural Lansing, at center, and Melissa Clarke, Occupational Therapist, at right. Amy works closely with the Community and Home Care Department patients, providing assistance with the day-to-day tasks of living at home following an illness, injury or surgery, helping to regain function and independence. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Rehabilitation is now able to offer more in-home occupational therapy care, thanks to the addition of Amy Evanson, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. Amy works closely with the hospital’s Community and Home Care Department patients, providing patients assistance with the day-to-day tasks of living at home following an illness, injury or surgery, helping them regain function and independence.

Currently, Amy travels to Village Creek to visit Judy Shogren three times per week, following her recent nursing home stay. Amy takes time to work with Judy on her routine in-home duties to build her function and independence.

“I don’t know what I’d do without this service, now that I have it,” states Judy. “I’m so glad to be able to be back in my home.”

Wed
28
Feb

Blood Donor Day set for March 4

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Monday, March 4, from 12-5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon. The LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with its blood and blood products.

Wed
28
Feb

Heart Disease in Allamakee County

by Brandy Strub, Dietitian, Veterans Memorial Hospital

As most of you know, February is American Heart Health Month. But are you aware that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 382-541 per 100,000 people (age 35+) from Allamakee County died from heart disease from 2018-2020. That’s higher than the state average of 310-368 per 100,000 and the national average of 319.5 per 100,000!

In order not to be a statistic and to prevent dying from heart disease, it is recommended that you keep your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugars within a healthy range. What’s considered a healthy range? It’s not necessarily the same for everyone, so work with your health care professionals to see what is right for you. Eating healthy, getting active, lowering stress and not smoking is also recommended.

Wed
28
Feb

Stroke Support Group to meet Thursday, March 7

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Speech-Language Pathologist Steven Mazzafield offers a Stroke Support Group for individuals who have experienced a stroke, as well as caregivers and family members affected by stroke.

Monthly meetings are held the first Thursday of every month at 2 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Hospital. The next Stroke Support Group meeting will be held Thursday, March 7 at 2 p.m. This month the meeting will be held in the Large Conference Room.

The Stroke Support Group provides opportunities to share tips, tricks, or trials among participants, offer support for caregivers, and provide an opportunity for socialization.

While strokes can happen at any age, risk of stroke is greatest as people get older with the majority of strokes occurring after the age of 70. Risk factors for stroke include obesity, sedentary lifestyle, binge drinking, diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

Wed
28
Feb

Babysitting Seminar to be held March 29 at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon will sponsor the next Babysitting Seminar Friday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to Noon. The class will be held in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of Veterans Memorial Hospital.

Intended participants are individuals 10 years of age and older who are responsible for their own care after school until their parents come home from work, and individuals who care for other children in or outside of their own home. Girls and boys are all welcome and encouraged to attend.

Topics to be covered include fire and personal safety, accident prevention and emergency actions, nutritious snacks and basic care of children.

Wed
21
Feb

February is Heart Month: The facts on heart health

Heart Month observed at VMH ...
Heart Month observed at VMH ... February is Heart Month. Pictured above is Callie Thorson, Emergency Department Manager at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Emergency Room (ER) Room 1 of the hospital. She shares facts and tips on heart health in the article at left. Submitted photo.

Over 950,000 Americans die each year from cardiovascular disease. Since February is National Heart Month, Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) provides the following facts and tips on heart health:
• 250,000 people die within one hour of onset of a heart attack.
• 60-70% of those individuals are male.
• Heart disease is the #1 killer of American women and men.
• 75-80% of arrests happen in the home.
• Bystander CPR does improve the outcome once someone has arrested.
• Traditional CPR courses are not reaching those who live with high-risk populations.
• Rapid defibrillation is the most important treatment for victims.
• For every minute delay in defibrillation there is a 10% loss for chance of survival.
• In the case of heart attack, “Time is Muscle.”
• In the case of stroke, “Time is Brain Tissue.”

Wed
21
Feb

Phlebotomists Recognition Week ...

National Phlebotomists Recognition Week was February 12-16. Phlebotomists are “Drawn to Help Others” through their skillful abilities in drawing blood from patients for clinical or medical testing, transfusions, donations, or research. Administrative duties include accurately preparing, coding, and organizing blood samples for analysis. Phlebotomists are certified professionals who must pass an exam and have the required education and experience to receive this professional certification.

Karli Rains is the Phlebotomist at Veterans Memorial Hospital. She works full-time in the Laboratory drawing patients along with many administrative duties.

Wed
21
Feb

How can cardiac rehab help heal your heart?


Cardiac Rehabilitation at Veterans Memorial Hospital ... February is Heart Month. Cardiac Rehabilitation is key in healing your heart. Pictured above, at right, is Janette Johnson of Postville with Cardiac Rehab Nurse Dietsy Weymiller. Janette states, “I have utilized the Rehabilitation Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital many times and always saw people exercising in this room as I walked by, but never really knew what it was until I needed it. The Rehab department has always been wonderful and the Cardiac Rehab department is, too. And it is convenient for me to drive here from Postville.” Submitted photo.

by Amy Rolfs, RN, VMH Cardiac Rehab Supervisor
                
If you have a heart attack or other heart problem, cardiac rehabilitation is an important part of your recovery. Cardiac rehabilitation can help prevent another, perhaps more serious, heart attack and can help you build heart-healthy habits.
About 800,000 people in the United States have a heart attack every year. About one in four of those people have already had a heart attack. Cardiac rehabilitation not only can help a person recover from a heart problem but can also help prevent future heart problems.

Wed
21
Feb

Blood Donor Day set; Donations needed to help Iowans

Did you know one in seven people entering the hospital will need blood?

The next LifeServe Blood Center Blood Drive will be held Monday, March 4, from 12-5 p.m., at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon. Blood drives are held once per month in Waukon, the first Monday of the month. The LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with its blood and blood products.

The LifeServe Blood Center is seeking donors to ensure a safe and plentiful blood supply in Iowa. Because there is no substitute for human blood, the need for donors is continuous.

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