Heart Health and Hypertension

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February is American Heart Month, and Tri-County Health Care wants you to take extra special care of your body’s hardest-working muscle. Use the month to focus on heart health and hypertension. Lower that sodium intake, get some exercise and educate yourself on just how important the heart is.

Feeling the pressure

The CDC has partnered with healthcare leaders across the country to spread awareness about hypertension. Hypertension or high blood pressure is caused by the increased pressure of blood against arterial walls. High blood pressure is classified at 130/80 mm Hg or higher. Stage 2 hypertension is 140/90 mm Hg.

This call for hypertension awareness was prompted by a call to action made by the Surgeon General. In his address, the Surgeon General explains that high blood pressure is a preventable risk factor in most people. By controlling high blood pressure, individuals can lower their risk of heart disease and stroke.

The call to action lays out a simple but direct plan of action:

  • Goal 1: Make hypertension control a national priority.
  • Goal 2: Ensure that the places where people live, learn, work, and play support hypertension control.
  • High blood pressure can lead to heart disease and stroke if left uncontrolled. Heart health and hypertension should be monitored.Goal 3: Optimize patient care for hypertension.

Do it for your heart!

Obesity, smoking, diabetes, poor diet are all factors in heart health and hypertension. February should be a jumpstart for healthier living. The first step should be meeting with a cardiologist to ensure your heart is in good working order. From there, change your eating habits. A simple change in diet can be the easiest way to curb high blood pressure. Reducing sodium and replacing junk food with fresh fruits and vegetables can vastly improve heart health. Also, making time for physical activity is important. The CDC recommends 150 minutes of physical activity each week. Get creative and find an activity you love. Heart health doesn’t need to involve going to the gym several times a week.

Cardiology expansion

Recently, Tri-County Health Care expanded its partnership with CentraCare Heart and Vascular Center. This expansion introduced increased coverage for cardiac services in Wadena. The cardiology department offers diagnostic testing like EKGs, Holter monitoring and vascular ultrasounds. Additionally, providers can also answer questions about complex heart-related procedures and provide consultation.

“The partnership between Tri-County Health Care and the CentraCare Heart and Vascular Center will elevate the level of cardiac care provided to the people of Northwest Minnesota. This collaboration will bring access to advanced cardiac care with seamless follow up close to home,” said Executive Director Phil Martin of CentraCare Heart and Vascular Center.

You should consult a cardiologist if you’re experiencing chest pain, high blood pressure, shortness of breath, palpitations, dizziness or have diabetes. Seeing a cardiologist can also be beneficial if you have a history of smoking, high cholesterol, or plan to start an exercise routine.

To schedule an appointment with the cardiologists in Wadena, call 218-631-7579.

 


TCHC has expanded its cardiology partnership

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Cardiology expansion

The heart is the engine of the human body. Just like any engine, it needs to be maintained. Tri-County Health Care has expanded its cardiology partnership with CentraCare to bring heart health closer to home. This expansion streamlines the services CentraCare provides weekly.

Dr. Wade Schmidt, a cardiologist at CentraCare expanded its cardiology partnership

“Working with Tri-County Health Care has been an excellent opportunity to bring our services to people that really need them. I look forward to the continued growth of this partnership as we add new procedures to our already robust cardiac services in the region,” said Wade Schmidt, M.D.

CentraCare is one of the leading providers of heart and vascular care in the nation. In an annual ranking, which evaluates nearly 5,000 hospitals, U.S. News & World Report ranked the hospital in the country’s Top-50 for cardiology and heart surgery. The rankings are based on outcomes, experience, nurse staffing, patient services and more.

“We are excited to team up with the top-ranked staff at CentraCare’s Heart & Vascular Center,” said Jose Alba, Chief Ambulatory Officer at Tri-County. “This expands access to service and provides heart health close to home for all of the communities Tri-County Health Care serves.”

Helping hearts

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This expansion introduces new cardiac services in Wadena. The cardiology department will offer diagnostic testing like EKGs, Holter monitoring and vascular ultrasounds. Providers can also answer questions about complex heart-related procedures and provide consultation.

“The partnership between Tri-County Health Care and the CentraCare Heart and Vascular Center will elevate the level of cardiac care provided to the people of Northwest Minnesota. This collaboration will bring access to advanced cardiac care with seamless follow up close to home,” said Executive Director Phil Martin of CentraCare Heart and Vascular Center.

You should consult a cardiologist if you’re experiencing chest pain, high blood pressure, shortness of breath, palpitations, dizziness or have diabetes. Seeing a cardiologist can also be beneficial if you have a history of smoking, high cholesterol, or plan to start an exercise routine.

Tri-County Health Care expanded its cardiology partnership to help you! To schedule an appointment with the cardiologists in Wadena, call 218-631-7579.