• Improve Your Heart Health with Fitness

    By Kindred Healthcare

    This blog post is adapted from The Pulse, the health and wellness magazine of Kindred Hospitals of Massachusetts.

    Increase Your Health Health With Fitness shoesWhile it may be common knowledge that exercise is beneficial to our health, many people assume it’s a timely or exhaustive commitment. In reality, 30 minutes of daily activity is all it really takes. And you can break it up into smaller time increments if you don’t have a solid half hour or more to dedicate to exercise. But think of it like this: there are 1,440 minutes in a day, so 30 minutes is 2% of your day. Bump it up to an hour and it’s still just 4% of your day.

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  • National Eating Healthy Day

    By Kindred Healthcare

    National Eating Healthy Day

    National Eating Healthy Day takes place on the first Wednesday in November each year. The theme for this year is “Produce Results” with a focus on eating more fruits and vegetables. According to the American Heart Association, Americans typically consume half their recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. The AHA recommends eight or more servings – or about 4.5 cups – of fruits and vegetables daily.

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  • Control Cholesterol For a Healthy Heart

    By Kindred Healthcare

    As many as 71 million adults in America have high cholesterol, but only one-third of them have the condition under control.

    One of the main risk factors for two leading causes of death in the U.S. – heart disease and stroke – is high cholesterol. Detection and treatment as well as prevention of high cholesterol are ways to reduce your risk of these diseases and keep your heart healthy.

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  • What to Expect After Stroke Diagnosis

    By Kindred Healthcare

    After Stroke DiagnosisHelping others recognize the signs of a stroke can shorten the time before a person gets treatment, and faster medical treatment can minimize long-term effects or prevent death.

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  • Think F.A.S.T. When it Comes to Stroke

    By Kindred Healthcare

    May is American Stroke Month. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association encourages Americans to become more educated about stroke, symptoms, prevention and treatment. Surprisingly, many don’t think of stroke as a major health concern even though it is the Nation’s No. 4 cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability.

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  • Insight Into Aortic Valve Disease: A Personal Journey

    By Kindred Healthcare

    You wouldn’t know it to look at her, but Sally Meilun who has worked at Kindred Healthcare for nearly 23 years, has heart disease.

    When you talk to Sally, it’s clear that a healthy lifestyle is important to her. She’s always been active, and she still is, but when she was in her 40s, she was diagnosed with aortic valve disease, a condition in which the valve between the left ventricle and the aorta doesn’t work properly.

    “When you have heart disease, it’s not always obvious,” says Sally, who works as the Director of Travel and Relocation at Kindred’s Support Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

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  • According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, more than 1 million adults in the United States are living with congenital heart defects. Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect, affecting 8 out of every 1,000 newborns. More than 35,000 babies are born each year in the United States with congenital heart defects. Most people who have complex heart defects continue to need special heart care throughout their lives.

    During American Heart Month, it’s a good time to learn a little bit more about congenital heart defects. Here are some frequently-asked-questions.

    What is congenital heart disease and how is it different from other kinds of heart disease?

    Congenital heart disease is a condition with which you are born. Other kinds of heart disease may develop over time, whether through infection, coronary artery disease, trauma or other reasons.

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     Claire Spence, transitional care nurse in Kindred’s Indianapolis Integrated Care Market Claire Spence, transitional care nurse in Kindred’s Indianapolis Integrated Care Market

     

    Looking for a good read? Forget about asking for recommendations on Facebook; if you’re a woman, pick up The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women, published by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, says Kindred nurse practitioner Claire Spence. Spence, a transitional care nurse in Kindred’s Indianapolis Integrated Care Market, has a special interest in matters of the heart and especially in helping women keep their hearts healthy.

    “Every woman should read this book,” Spence says. It educates about risk factors and signs and symptoms of a problem, and includes vignettes about real women in a highly readable format, she says, and it includes life style modification recommendations including tips for losing weight, exercising, smoking cessation and getting healthier.

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  • Medicare Proposes Expansion of Rehab Coverage for CHF Patients

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Medicare recently proposed expanding coverage of cardiac rehabilitation services for cardiac patients, reports MedPage Today. Prior to the proposal, announced online last week, CMS claimed there was insufficient evidence to support cardiac rehab to patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). Medicare currently only covers such services for patients who have experienced major events like coronary bypass surgery, heart or heart-lung transplant, or an acute myocardial infarction.

    CMS is now asking for public comments on increasing coverage to a wider range of heart patients. After reviewing existing literature on cardiac rehab service, the agency stated, “With the accumulated evidence that supports the benefits of the individual components of cardiac rehabilitation programs, the evidence is sufficient to determine that participation in these multi-component programs improves health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic heart failure.”

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  •  The 2012 Kindred Support Center Heart Walk team.

    The 2012 Kindred Support Center Heart Walk team.

    Kindred Healthcare is excited to support the American Heart Association’s largest fundraiser, the Heart Walk, on a national level across all Kindred facilities. Our goal is to raise a combined total of $160,000. In addition to helping fight the #1 and #4 killers of American men and women, heart disease and stroke, this great family-friendly event offers great team-building opportunities in local facilities as well as access to the American Heart Association’s exceptional wellness tools. 

    The American Heart Association’s mission is one that Kindred believes in. They strive to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Eighty percent of heart disease is preventable. Research, advocacy efforts and educational resources are funded by the money raised by Heart Walk participants.

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