Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on May 23, 2013 @ 9:56AM
Created on May 22, 2013 @ 5:55PM
Most of the organs in our body are essential, but the one we definitely can't live without is our heart. The United Hospital Center has been doing a good job in keeping their patients' hearts healthy.
First and foremost, you need to know that heart problems can't always be prevented, but they can be managed.
Heart issues are usually caused by genetics. If you're obese or have had a heart attack, you're at a higher risk. But after you have heart issues, if you maintain them you're going to be better off. The typical solution everyone hears is to eat healthy and exercise, which is true, but it's more about cutting back on salt and not being extremely lazy.
One way you can tell if you're having heart issues is excessive weight gain, like two pounds in three days. Doctors said this means there's too much fluid in your body, which will cause swelling and shortness of breath. A simple solution for that is to take an extra dose of a diuretic. UHC makes sure they take care of you when you're admitted, but also when you leave to make sure you don't have to come back.
"Once they do go home we call them within 24-48 hours to make sure they have a doctors appointment and identify any problems that could cause them to be re-admitted back to the hospital," said Amanda Carpenter, Care Coordinator.
"If you can achieve a high standard and sustain it over time then we're providing service to benefit anyone, any time they walk into this hospital," Dr. Mark Povroznik, Chief of Quality.
UHC received an achievement award from the American Heart Association for their commitment to quality care for heart patients. They've been able to limit the number of re-admissions they've had and their goal is to keep it up.
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