When you’re diagnosed with heart failure, difficult obstacles can seem unavoidable. But they don’t have to be. Prevea Health, HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center put together a team of experts who understand the challenges you face, and we’re here to help with a series of classes called Heart Care University.
Class 1 • Heart Failure 101• Fitness for Your Heart • Mind, Body, Spirit
In the first segment, registered nurse care managers will help you gain a better understanding of heart failure, including what heart failure is, what symptoms you should watch for and what to do about them.
Second, learn what activities are good, and not so good, for you and how to stay active! Experienced exercise physiologists have an in-depth understanding of how your heart and entire body works, and will tailor an activity plan just for you.
Last, a behavioral care therapist from Prevea Health or social worker will teach you the wonderful ways Prevea can help you cope with physical and mental lifestyle changes, reduce stress, and understand the importance of relying on inner strength and humor!
Class 2 • Nutrition – Fueling your Heart • Medication Education
Medications are the best way to manage heart failure. You may take multiple medications for many reasons, but do you know why?
In the first segment of this class, Prevea’s registered dietitians will discuss the significance of your nutritional choices. “Don’t eat this, don’t eat that.” What are you supposed to do? Just like your car, your body needs fuel (food) to function, and the food choices you make can affect how you feel. Our dietitians will discuss portion control, how salt affects your body, good food choices, and how to read food labels. What you learn will help you the next time you go to the grocery store or out to dinner!
Second, registered pharmacists from HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center will talk about common medications, how to take them, what side effects they have and what to watch for. Please bring your medications in their original bottles. A pharmacist will meet with you one-on-one to answer medication questions if you would like.
Prevea Shawano Avenue Health Center
1727 Shawano Avenue, Green Bay
4th Floor Conference Room
Space is limited. Register by calling (920) 272-1626 or online.