Memorial Hospital Heart Health and Wellness Center Marks American Heart Month this February

January 25, 2016

NORTH CONWAY, NH – February … the month of hearts, flowers and love.  It is also American Heart Month.  Everything we do in life flows from the heart, and without good heart health we cannot survive.

Memorial Hospital's Heart Health and Wellness program cares for all matters of the heart.  According to the American Heart Association, “Exercise can be viewed as a preventative medical treatment, ‘like a pill’ that should be taken on an almost daily basis.” 

What have you done to love your own heart?  For overall heart health, it is recommended to be physically active with moderate-intensity for at least 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week (at least 150 minutes per week).  To gain benefits in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol one should participate in an average of 40 minutes of moderate-vigorous activity at least 3-4 days per week. 

For community members looking to improve their overall heart health, Memorial Hospital’s Heart Health & Wellness Center offers a comprehensive program, providing a safe, caring and compassionate environment to support individuals interested in improving their health and well-being through regular physical activity and health education.

The Center’s professionally trained staff of Physicians, Registered Nurses, Exercise Specialists, Nutritionists and Physical Therapists work with their members to develop an exercise and wellness plan individually customized, offering personalized instruction in a structured and monitored group class setting.

The facility includes treadmills, ellipticals, stairsteppers, recumbent bicycles, Nustep Machines, stationary/spinning bikes, rowing machine, arm ergometers and a variety of weight training equipment. 

Their Cardiac Rehabilitation program has received a three-year national certifications from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), a rigorous accreditation process for their cardiac and pulmonary programs.

The Center offers multiple programs designed to help any individual who wants to improve stamina, strength and flexibility. Monthly membership costs as little as $48 a month and new members joining for 3 months get one month free, in recognition of American Heart Month.

The Center is open Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 6:30am – 5pm and Tuesday and Thursdays, 8am – 2pm. New members are encouraged to call 603-356-0616 for a tour and to discuss how to improve heart health today.

Memorial Hospital to Participate in National Wear Red Day Feb. 5
In recognition of American Heart Month, Memorial Hospital, its Heart Health & Wellness Center, and its staff, are participating in National Wear Red Day® on Friday, February 5, 2016. 

Why Go Red? Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds.  Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. Memorial encourages the community to wear red on National Wear Red Day® , encourage others to do the same and schedule a Well-Woman Visit, a prevention check-up to review a woman’s overall health so her doctor can measure blood pressure, check cholesterol and look for signs of heart disease, stroke and other illnesses.

Since the first Wear Red day 13 years ago, the American Heart Association reports tremendous strides towards building awareness:
·        Nearly 90% of women have made at least one healthy behavior change.
·        More than one-third of women has lost weight.
·        More than 50% of women have increased their exercise.
·        6 out of 10 women have changed their diets.
·        More than 40% of women have checked their cholesterol levels.
·        One third of women has talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans.
·        Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day.
·        Death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent over the past 10 years.

Memorial Hospital’s cafeteria, which is open to the public, will be offering heart healthy “red” entrees on Feb. 5. Heart Healthy recipes will be available with more education available on display in the main lobby. 

About Memorial Hospital
The non-profit Memorial Hospital is the Valley's largest and most complete heatlhcare facility with a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in North Conway, NH, and is a member of the MaineHealth family. Its hospital services include a 24-hour emergency department, surgery center, clinical laboratory, heart health & wellness programs, family birthing center, sleep center, wound care and hyperbaric medicine center, and the Miranda Center for Diabetes. Physician practices include primary care and family medicine, women's health, orthopedics and sports medicine. The Merriman House, a 45-bed nursing home specializing in Alzheimer's and other memory disorders, is also located on the hospital campus. Together, our staff and providers are committed to meeting the health needs of the Mt. Washington Valley and surrounding communities by collaborating with community partners in the delivery of accessible, comprehensive, compassionate, and quality health care.