The next screening date is scheduled for September 19 at Galichia Heart Hospital from 7:00 am - 10:00 am. Call (316) 962-4000 to reserve your spot today!
Heart disease – also called cardiovascular disease and coronary artery disease – is a simple term used to describe several problems related to plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries, or atherosclerosis. As the plaque builds up, the arteries narrow, making it more difficult for blood to flow and creating a risk for a heart attack.
Other types of heart disease include heart failure, an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), cardiomyopathy (heart muscle damage) and heart valve problems.
To learn more about heart disease and conditions that can lead to heart disease visit www.heart.org.
Sometimes called a “brain attack,” a stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts (or ruptures). When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so the brain cells die. The longer the stroke continues, the more brain cells will die.
Primary Stroke Centers are hospitals where everything is in place to diagnose and treat a stroke quickly.
Wesley is a Primary Stroke Center, certified by the Joint Commission, the national accreditation body for health care organizations. This means Wesley meets national standards that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.
To learn more about reducing stroke risk and recognizing symptoms, visit www.stroke.org.
Heart Disease & Diabetes
Prediabetes is a condition in which blood glucose (blood sugar) levels are higher than normal but have not quite reached the 126 mg/dL threshold considered to be full-blown diabetes. The American Heart Association estimates that 81.5 million Americans adults have prediabetes. Long-term damage to the cardiovascular system may occur while a person has prediabetes, and a recent study indicates that prediabetes more than doubles the risk of death due to heart attack.
Untreated diabetes can lead to many serious medical problems, including heart disease and stroke.
Experiencing a heart attack or developing heart disease can be frightening and mark a significant change in your life. The good news is that many heart-related problems can be treated, and further problems can often be prevented.
Wesley’s outpatient cardiac rehabilitation services help people with heart disease continue their recovery by achieving a healthy, active lifestyle and restoring the body to its highest possible level of function. Making lifestyle changes can be challenging, especially as we get older. That’s why the education and support provided by a rehabilitation program are especially important.