February is National Heart Month!
Next month is a great opportunity to learn about living with heart disease.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., claiming more lives than cancer, respiratory diseases and accidents combined. When someone has heart trouble, navigating recovery can challenging. Living a heart-healthy lifestyle can be challenging without practice. Luckily, information and resources are here for you right in the mid-valley.
What local resources are available for learning about heart disease?
Mended Hearts of Salem is a peer-to-peer support group that offers help, advice and resources for heart patients, families and caregivers. This community-based organization is designed to help people understand that there can be a rich, rewarding life after a heart disease diagnosis.
Members listen, share their experiences and volunteer to talk to other heart patients about what they may face. Medical professionals often come to speak, providing valuable information and answer questions during the meetings.
The Mended Hearts of Salem Chapter 389 holds free meetings on the first Monday of every month, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., at Salem Hospital, 890 Oak Street SE, Salem, OR, Building A, seventh floor. Coffee, tea and water are provided. Visit the Mended Hearts website at www.mendedhearts.org, and continue your journey to recovery!
Phase 3 maintenance program offers progressive, self-directed exercise for patients with cardiac history, diabetes or those working to prevent cardiac disease and diabetes. The program helps individuals stay fit, achieve goals and keep motivated in a safe, fun and upbeat environment alongside others who have similar lifestyle goals.
Exercise sessions include aerobic exercise done on exercise equipment, resistance training with exercise bands and free weights, and stretching/flexibility training. Drop-in exercise sessions are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 4:30 p.m., and cost $5.00 per person, per visit.
To get started you will need a signed physician’s referral. Contact the Salem Health cardiac rehabilitation program at 503-814-1713 or the Salem Health Community Health Education Center at 503-814-2432 to learn about other heart disease education opportunities.
Have more questions? Contact Mended Hearts adviser Gloria Summers at 503-814-1717 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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