NRMC Participates in American Heart Month
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, each year, heart disease accounts for more than 15,000 deaths in Missouri making it the leading cause of death in the state. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC) is proudly participating in American Heart Month.
NRMC invites everyone to show support for heart health awareness on Friday, February 7 by wearing red. Each year on the first Friday in February, organizations around the country celebrate National Wear Red Day, to bring greater attention to heart disease awareness as the leading cause of death for Americans, especially women.
February 9-15, NRMC celebrates National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week 2020 and the life-saving impact of cardiac rehabilitation. 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of Cardiac Rehab at NRMC. With the retirement of Nancy Wallace, RN-BSN at the end of 2019, Toni Summers, RN has taken the reigns as the NRMC Cardiac Rehab nurse. Additionally, John Fox, MD has taken over as Medical Director of Cardiac Rehab as this position was previously held by Dr. Warren Lovinger, who also retired at the end of the year.
“Cardiac rehab reduces the potentially devastating effects of heart disease and improves quality of life for patients and their families,” says Summers. “A healthy lifestyle lowers the risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. Stay at a healthy weight, quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke. Control your cholesterol and blood pressure. If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation. Eat healthy and stay active.”
Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, initiated by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), coincides with both Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month in an effort to draw greater national attention to heart health. This year’s theme, “New Start Better Heart,” honors the patients, families, and healthcare professionals who are dedicated to giving cardiac rehabilitation patients a new start.
NRMC is hosting a free cholesterol screening for the public on Wednesday, February 12 at 800 S. Ash Street from 6 to 9 a.m. This screening is a blood test and participants are advised to fast at least 8 hours prior to their appointment. Results will include total cholesterol, HDL, LDL and triglyceride levels. Registration is required. To register for an appointment, individuals may call (417) 448-3801 or visit www.nrmchealth.com.
Finally, on Thursday, February 13, NRMC will host an open house in celebration of 25 years of Cardiac Rehab at the hospital. Nevada Mayor George Knox will issue a proclamation of Cardiac Rehabilitation Week at 10 a.m. and refreshments will be provided from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Cardiac Rehab gym at the hospital.
About Nevada Regional Medical Center
Serving a six-county area since 1937, Nevada Regional Medical Center is a 71-bed acute, intensive and skilled care hospital. Nevada Regional Medical Center has earned recognition as a respected regional medical center for its comprehensive health care services, skilled and caring employees and state-of-the-art medical technology. Staff represent more than a dozen medical specialties, including family practice, women’s services, neurology, urology, psychiatry, orthopedics, wound care services, and general, vascular, thoracic and oncological surgery. Additionally, consultation clinics are held regularly by specialists in oncology, pulmonology, podiatry, ear, nose, and throat and cardiology.