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What is Cardiac Rehab? How It Can Help with Heart Disease

Posted by Chris Schmidt | Dec 14, 2018 8:00:00 AM

If you have been diagnosed with heart disease, you doubtless have already been told that you will need to make some changes in your lifestyle to improve your health and well-being. Whether that diagnosis came by way of your routine annual health exam or by means of a cardiac event, cardiac rehabilitation may be your best bet for making those changes quickly and, most importantly, effectively. Here, we will explain what cardiac rehab is and how it can benefit individuals who have been diagnosed with heart disease.

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Topics: Cardiac Rehab

How Technology is Changing Stroke Rehabilitation

Posted by Chris Schmidt | Nov 14, 2018 8:00:00 AM

A stroke is one of the most serious medical conditions that a person can experience. During a stroke, blood clots or constricted vessels in the brain prevent its nerve cells from getting the nutrients they need: as a result, these cells begin to die off. Having a stroke can cause symptoms like vision loss, difficulty talking or walking, trouble with the use of muscles, and other serious conditions. In the worst cases, it can even mean death.

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Topics: Stroke Rehabilitation

Fighting Heart Disease: The Importance of Cardiac Therapy

Posted by Chris Schmidt | Nov 14, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Your heart is one of the most important muscles in your body. A properly-functioning heart allows you to enjoy exercise and other fun physical activities with your loved ones. Unfortunately, heart disease, a condition where the blood vessels leading to the heart get clogged with plaque, fat, and calcium, can wreak havoc on a person’s heart and cardiac system.

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Topics: Cardiac Rehab

Acute Myocardial Infarction: A Fancy Name for a Heartbreaking Issue

Posted by Chris Schmidt | Oct 17, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Acute myocardial infarction is the medical term for what is commonly known as a heart attack. This cardiovascular event occurs when one of the coronary arteries, which supply blood to the heart, becomes blocked. This causes blood flow to the heart to be suddenly cut off or critically reduced, leading to tissue damage in the heart that can result in significant impairment of heart function or death.

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Topics: Cardiac Rehab

What is Congestive Heart Failure, Really?

Posted by Chris Schmidt | Oct 16, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a condition in which the heart becomes less efficient at pumping blood, resulting in slower movement of blood through the heart and body and increased pressure in the heart. A number of underlying conditions can cause CHF by damaging the heart muscle. Some conditions that lead to CHF can be reversed and others can be controlled, and treatment goals generally include addressing its underlying causes, slowing progression of CHF, and improving symptoms.

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Topics: Cardiac Rehab

How Video Games are Being Used for Stroke Victims

Posted by Chris Schmidt | Oct 10, 2018 8:30:00 AM

A stroke is one of the most devastating things that can happen to someone: strokes can leave their victims mentally and physically weak, taking away some of the most basic functions that the human body provides. Fortunately for victims of strokes, technology is constantly making stroke rehabilitation easier and more effective. One of the newest trends in stroke rehabilitation is the use of video games to help stroke patients recover the full use of their limbs.

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Topics: Stroke Rehabilitation

The Risks and Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation

Posted by Chris Schmidt | Aug 15, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Cardiac therapy is often recommended for people who have heart disease, and/or had some sort of cardiac event like a heart attack. Cardiomyopathy, congenital heart disease, peripheral arterial disease, and heart failure patients can also often benefit from this therapy, to increase survival and improve quality of life.

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Topics: Cardiac Rehab

Understanding the Mental and Emotional Effects of Stroke

Posted by Chris Schmidt | May 16, 2018 8:00:00 AM

For patients and their loved ones, the physical effects of stroke – paralysis, weakness, vision loss, and pain, among many other potential problems – are clear. However, the emotional and mental effects of stroke can be much more difficult to recognize, and they can be just as traumatic and limiting as physical problems – even more so in some cases. For that reason, understanding these changes and taking steps to address them is essential to making the most of stroke rehab and recovery.

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Topics: Stroke Rehabilitation

4 Signs of COPD

Posted by Chris Schmidt | Feb 7, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a disease that develops very gradually over a number of years, so slowly that its symptoms often go unrecognized until significant lung damage has already been done. This is unfortunate, since treatment can slow the progression of COPD, delaying its most debilitating effects, and the earlier that treatment begins, the better the results in terms of maintaining adequate lung function and a patient's quality of life. So what are the signs of COPD?

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Topics: COPD, Pulmonary Rehab

Living With COPD: 7 Ways To Help Yourself Breathe Easier

Posted by Chris Schmidt | Jan 17, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Are the symptoms of COPD making simple daily activities a struggle for you? While there is no cure for the disease, and the best help for COPD will come from treatment and medications prescribed by your health care team – and, of course, avoiding tobacco smoke – there are a number of other things you can do to help manage your symptoms more effectively. 

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Topics: COPD, Pulmonary Rehab