Florida Hospital Heartland | Living Well | Winter 2018

Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center 4200 Sun N Lake Boulevard Sebring, FL 33872 Nonprofit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Walla Walla, WA Permit No. 44 It’s normal to be worried about your return to normal life when you’ve had a heart attack or any type of heart surgery. You can find answers to all your questions in a cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation (rehab) program. What is cardiac rehab? It typically includes a progressive exercise program, nutrition lessons and education on heart-healthy living. And it’s all done under medical supervision. Sometimes cardiac rehab begins before you leave the hospital and may continue for several months after you go home. Your rehab will be tailored to fit your specific health needs. Exercise will begin slowly and progress as your abilities improve. If you smoke, you may be referred to quit-smoking classes. You’ll get help if you need to lose weight. Cardiac rehab can help reduce your risk for future heart problems and help you lead a more heart- friendly lifestyle. Call 863-386-7180 . Sources: American Heart Association; National Institutes of Health Living Well is published as a community service for the friends and patrons of Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center. Information comes from a wide range of medical experts. If you have any concerns or questions about specific content that may affect your health, please contact your primary care provider. Models may be used in photos and illustrations. 2018 © Coffey Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. Cardiac & pulmonary rehab It helps you feel better as your heart heals The Diabetes Center offers a free class. Call 863-386-7165 to register. Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Institutes of Health Could you have prediabetes? Prediabetes means your blood sugar level is higher than normal. But it’s not high enough yet to be type 2 diabetes. Most people don’t know they have prediabetes because it usually doesn’t cause symptoms. Risk factors for prediabetes include being overweight, being 45 or older, having high blood pressure, or having a family history of diabetes. Prediabetes raises your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. ! About 1 in 3 Americans has prediabetes. CREATION Health Wellness Center offers: Beat Goes On Cardiac Support Group Last Wednesday of each month, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. This free support group offers participants the opportunity to speak openly and honestly about their feelings, improve coping skills, reduce stress and share information. To register, call 863-386-7180 . Cardiac Nutrition Class Third Friday of each month, 12:30 to 2 p.m. This free class covers dietary causes of heart disease and healthy alternatives to help reverse and delay further progression of heart disease. To register, call 863-386-7180 .