Troy Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center participates in American Heart Month to build awareness of cardiovascular health


For the Miami Valley Today

TROY — Troy Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, a 155-bed skilled nursing facility, joined organizations around the country to recognize February’s American Heart Month, a yearly time to bring greater attention to reducing heart disease as a leading cause of death for Americans.

The staff of Troy Rehabilitation & Healthcare is promoting healthy activities and behaviors to members of the community. To observe the month, the team has been wearing red at occasions throughout February – including shirts for all staff that say, “A Strong Team Beats With 1 Heart” – plus the staff is providing facility residents, referral partners, and the community tips to maintain healthy hearts and stress-reducing squeeze balls.

Also, Troy Rehabilitation & Healthcare hosted a wonderful Valentine’s Day party for residents and patients and they, along with staff, chose a resident Valentine’s King and Queen. Troy’s activity department also sold many different Valentine’s Day treats and gifts, so residents, patients, and staff could purchase for friends and family.

“It’s very uplifting for our staff to join together with the community during American Heart Month to promote healthy hearts and the positive lifestyle changes that can come from improving your well-being,” said Troy Hutchinson, administrator of Troy Rehabilitation & Healthcare. “These changes can provide immediate benefits including boosting your energy level, stamina, and attitude.”

Tips to boost your heart health

To set on the road to a healthier heart, Troy Rehabilitation & Healthcare recommends these tips, from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute:

• If you are a smoker, quit;

• Eat for heart health;

• Aim for 30 minutes of physical activity at least five days a week; and,

• Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose.

Additionally, Troy Rehabilitation & Healthcare offers these fast action tips if a loved one is having a heart emergency:

1. Call 911 first.

2. Check vital signs.

3. Check breathing; if none, give several rescue breaths.

4. If there is no heartbeat, perform CPR chest compressions.

5. When the person revives, turn them onto one side.

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