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Monday Memo
Monday, February 13, 2017
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The Perfect Valentine's Day Gift: A Healthy Heart

Along with Valentine's Day, February marks American Heart Month, a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health.

A recent CDC report reiterates that heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. But, while Americans of all backgrounds can be at risk for heart disease, did you know that African American men, especially those who live in the southeast region of the United States, are at the highest risk for heart disease. Additionally, more than 40 percent of African Americans have high blood pressure, a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. That's why this February during American Heart Month, Million Hearts® is encouraging African American men to take charge of their health and start one new, heart-healthy behavior that can help reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke.

Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference

Men and women can take charge of their heart health:

  • Schedule a visit with their doctor to talk about heart health.
  • Add exercise to their daily routine.
  • Increase healthy eating.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Take medication as prescribed.

Case managers, check it:

  • Show your support for heart health by sharing messages on your social media platforms using #heartmonth
  • Keep the conversation going offline by talking about the importance of heart health with your friends, neighbors, and loved ones
  • Take the Athena Forum Heart Failure Course (for more information, see below)

Coming March 3, 2017 - New Asthma Course

We're excited to announce we've set the date to publish our new CCMC certified Asthma Course March 3, 2017.

The purpose of Improving Outcomes in Asthma is to educate case managers to be aware of and empowered to intervene and support clinical management based upon the:

  • Latest evidence-based guidelines and standards of care for patients with asthma
  • Unusual nature of asthma as a chronic disease affecting pediatric, adolescent and adult patients
  • Societal and economic impact
  • National Guidelines for a patient-centered approach to care and treatment
  • Current asthma treatment options
Tips from our featured course

Heart Failure Patients Require Close Monitoring

Telemonitoring of patients with HF is an important and emerging technology which offers promise for better coordination of care and prognosis of chronically ill patients such as those with heart failure (HF).

Telemonitoring has been explored as a tool to expand access, to provide support and to monitor adherence to HF self-management, including:

  • Symptom monitoring
  • Medication
  • Appointments
  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Tobacco cessation

It can be utilized to monitor patients' health from a distance, to detect early warning signs of impending acute decompensation and avert the need for hospitalization.

[Heart Failure, Module F, Self-care Strategies]

Heart Failure is a NAS Zone (No Added Salt)

Many studies have been conducted which document that excess sodium is a precipitating factor for hospitalization in the patient with heart failure. Studies have also indicated that sodium restriction impacts:

  • Quality of life
  • Functional status

To limit dietary sodium, patients should choose low-sodium foods and limit or eliminate processed and prepackaged foods. But this is easier said than done. Your patients will need your support in this area.

Some people are especially sensitive to sodium. Those most prone to salt sensitivity include the elderly, African Americans, and people with hypertension, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease. Their blood pressure literally rises and falls directly with their sodium intake. That puts them at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, even if they do not have hypertension and it means they particularly benefit from restricting sodium intake.

[Heart Failure, Module F, Self-care Strategies]

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Cathy Wright, BSN, RN

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Athena Forum

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