February is Heart Month

As discussed in Cardiac Health (Part 1), it is very important to your heart health to eat the right foods and drink plenty of water. We also touched on the importance of getting enough exercise and maintaining a healthy weight. The Surgeon General is recommending 30 minutes per day of moderate-intensity activity every week; this may include a brisk walk, cycling, or swimming. This will help you reach and maintain a healthy weight which is also important in mitigating cardiac disease; people who are overweight or obese unknowingly put extra strain on the heart and blood vessels which contributes to hypertension, coronary artery disease, and eventually heart failure.


February is Heart Month

Cardiac disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Everyone knows the importance of eating a healthy diet, getting enough exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight; we have all heard this speech more than once. However these three things can significantly lower your risk of cardiac disease and even promote heart health. Let’s start with a healthy diet; now this doesn’t mean going on the latest “diet” trend your friends are talking about. A heart healthy diet includes a diet low in sodium (less than 2 grams in a day), high in fiber, and low in fat (specifically those saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol). In addition to what your eating, it is just as important as getting enough water, general recommendation is at least 64 ounces daily. More to come in Cardiac Health (Part 2)!


Weekly Pulse for February 7, 2022

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***Start Dates are contingent on receiving a complete referral***

Clinical Focus

It’s Cardiac Awareness Month!

We are taking some time this week to focus on heart healthy habits and ways we can support patients with cardiac disease. Simple tracking tools like measuring blood pressure and logging daily weights are essential for basic health management.

Accessing resources in physical and occupational therapy to maximize endurance to meet daily needs, discuss a healthy diet plan with a medical dietitian, and identify community resources with a social worker to support health goals are all integrated services of home health.

If you have a patient who is struggling with a health regimen for their cardiac health, speak with your liaison about a course of home health.

Question Corner

What are basic diagnosis rules for home health services?

Identify the disease process causing the symptom

The patient may be weak, but what is causing the weakness? The patient may show disinterest in eating, but is this behavior related to loss of taste and appetite associated with aging and dementia?

Stating the disease process in your referral and your face-2-face creates a picture of the disease we are treating, not the symptom or the resulting behavior.

Specificity and Laterality matter

The patient may have arthritis, but where? Left side? Right side? Knee? Hip? Shoulder? 

The more information, the better!

People to know

Clarkston Liaison – Jana (509) 220-6766

Lewiston Liaison – Beth (509) 254-1381

Moscow & Orofino Liaison – Scott (509) 234-3102

Business Development – Ashley (509) 843-7605

February is Cardiac Awareness Month!

Heart disease can occur in anyone, but research tells us that there are certain behaviors and conditions that are more likely to lead to heart disease.

Risk factors include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Poor diet
  • Inactive lifestyle
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Excessive alcohol consumption

Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States. Unfortunately, these deaths are highly preventable when individuals engage in heart healthy behaviors and engage with their physicians for disease management.

Many people believe that cardiovascular diseases (CVD) inevitably comes with old age, there are many things that seniors can do to strengthen their heart and circulatory system.

Home health is an integrative approach that combines the medical treatments prescribed by your physician with specializations in physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical dietitians, and skilled nurses to create regimens and systems in your home as part of your disease management.