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Cardiac Connection: January 3, 2019

Life after a heart attack, heart surgery, or heart disease can be challenging, but a new program at the Healthy Life Center is offering people connection, education, and support. “With this group, it provides them with some social support. They will meet individuals who have had the same struggles, who have been on the same journey, and they support one another, they encourage one another, connect with one another,” explained Michelle Hudson, a personal health advocate with Lee Health.

Hudson facilitates the Cardiac Connection program. “This is a new program that is offered here at the Healthy Life Center and is in connection to our phase three cardiac maintenance program.  It was designed for those that are making and maintaining heart-healthy lifestyle changes,” she said.

The group meets once a month to discuss a variety of topics, including heart failure education, how to have a heart-healthy diet, how physical activity and meditation can benefit your heart and the importance of medication. “Each month we have a different education topic, and it typically will center around a lifestyle change or a cardiovascular disease risk factor,” said Hudson.

Anyone participating in cardiac rehabilitation or who has risk factors for cardiovascular disease is welcome to attend cardiac connection.  “It’s hard, but when they can encourage one another, and they can celebrate their successes, it’s just inspiring and encouraging,” she said.

A comfortable way to get education and support to help you live a heart-healthy life.

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