In the battle against Sudden Cardiac Arrest, knowledge is our greatest weapon, and early detection is our shield. In the pursuit of a healthier and safer society, understanding the importance of early detection becomes paramount. One powerful tool in the prevention arsenal is the electrocardiogram (ECG), a non-invasive test that can be a lifesaver.
The importance of ECG lies in its ability to identify underlying heart conditions before they lead to a catastrophic event. Whether it's an irregular heartbeat or other electrical abnormalities, early detection through ECG can pave the way for personalized interventions, lifestyle changes, or medical treatments that can significantly reduce the risk of SCA.
Embracing routine ECG screenings as part of our healthcare regimen empowers us to detect potential threats before they escalate. Let's prioritize heart health, arm ourselves with knowledge, and utilize the invaluable tool that is the electrocardiogram to protect the beats that keep us alive.
Through our partnership with Who We Play For, we're leading the charge in raising awareness and providing access to ECG screenings for preventing Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Together, we're not just playing for the win; we're playing for life. Join us in the fight to protect hearts on and off the field.
Who We Play For provides every student athlete and student the opportunity to get their heart checked with an ECG. At hundreds of schools across the country, WWPF has screened 100,000+ students and saved the lives of 100+ student athletes, all who had previously undetected life-threatening heart conditions.
Join us on a journey to better heart health as we explore simple yet impactful changes you can make. From nourishing your body with the right foods to incorporating stress-busting practices, we've got you covered. Let's dive into these heart-friendly tips and pave the way for a stronger, happier you!
Eat a healthy diet:
A healthy diet is one of the most important things you can do to improve your heart health. Avoid foods that are high in saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, and added sugars.
Regular exercise can help reduce the risk of heart disease. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise five times a week. Activities such as walking, cycling, swimming, and jogging are all excellent ways to get your heart pumping.
Maintain a healthy weight:
Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of heart disease. To maintain a healthy weight, you should aim to eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly.
Stress can have a significant impact on your heart health. Find ways to manage stress, such as practicing yoga or meditation, spending time with friends and family, or engaging in hobbies.
Reduce sugar intake:
Excessive sugar can cause weight gain, increasing the risk of heart disease. Choose fresh fruits and veggies over sugary snacks and drinks. Check food labels for added sugars in products like cereals, yogurts, and sauces.
By incorporating these five things into your lifestyle, you can improve your heart health and reduce your risk of heart disease. Remember to talk to your doctor before making any significant changes to your diet or exercise routine.
When pain persists or extends beyond the typical healing period for an injury, it is categorized as chronic pain. Dealing with chronic pain can be complex and life-altering, often resisting traditional treatments like physical therapy, injections, surgeries, and medication. It's crucial to recognize that chronic pain is not solely a structural issue; it encompasses psychological and social elements that can exacerbate or alleviate the pain experience. Addressing chronic pain solely from a structural perspective may not yield effective results, highlighting the need to consider the holistic aspects for comprehensive management.
Learn how pain works.
Effective pain neuroscience education has been shown to increase hope and decrease the experience of pain. Some great resources are Mercy Sports Medicine Alternative Pain Management program, 1-on-1 pain coaching, Rachel Zoffness (pain psychologist) or the NOI group.
Calm your nervous system by using mind-body techniques.
By calming your nervous system, you are telling your brain you are safe. This helps the brain feel like it doesn't need to protect you with pain as often or as intensely. Some ideas include breathing exercises, guided imagery, meditation, somatic tracking, progressive muscle relaxation. The list goes on!
Do enjoyable activities.
Isolation and stopping your favorite things are common with chronic pain. And while you may be feeling like you are giving your body the rest it needs, in chronic pain, this actually makes things worse. This can severely impact your mental health which can in turn make your physical pain worse. Take it slow but continue to do the things you love and slowly your pain will decrease.
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Sometimes one-size-fits all doesn’t work. By working with one of our coaches 1-on-1, you gain a stronger understanding of what motivates you, learn what works for your body, and increase your success with healthy changes. We offer a 3-month package to help you accomplish your unique wellness goals. When you take the time to focus on you, we are here to help.
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Mercy Sports Medicine Wellness is here to help support our community by providing services that will boost your personal goals. If fitness or wellness is among your goals, then let us be your accountability partner and support you.
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