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Heart health issue for county

Heart health is a major concern for Ringgold county residents, according to a recent study by the department of public health.
The research was based on people aged 35 to 75, over a three-year period. It was discovered that while the national average was 319 cardiac related deaths per 100,000 people, the Iowa average was 330. When Ringgold county is viewed in those terms, the number climbs to 394. Given the smaller population base of the county, coronary heart disease and stroke become the number one cause of fatalities and major hospitalizations according to the Iowa Department of Public health.
Heart disease can also be viewed in economic terms, a 2020 audit by the Iowa Department of Public Health, found that Iowa cardiac patients and insurance were billed 1.4 billion dollars in healthcare costs. Of these costs 79.9 percent fall on medicare and medicaid.
To better understand this situation, the Record News reached out to Jennifer England cardiac rehab nurse at Ringgold County hospital. England has been a cardiac nurse for 15 years.
Beyond just heart attack and stroke, there are other cardiac health concerns that nurse England deals with. Patients may have an angiogram with a stent or ballooning, they may have heart failure without having a full-on heart attack. Other cardiac conditions she may encounter are chronic stable chest pain, open heart surgery and Heart transplant or valve replacement. The typical course of cardiac rehab usually runs 8 to 12 weeks, after a heart related event
England said that one of the most crucial aspects of recovery is a positive mental attitude. She also explained, a good support structure of friends and family, is another cornerstone of rebuilding cardiac health. England included that understanding and following professional health recommendations, after a heart attack or cardiac surgery, is another important step to follow. In her experience, too often a patient can get bogged down in the negative following a cardiac event, and this is counterproductive to quality rehabilitation. Recovery also goes much smoother when there is a good support group for the patient. They need a place where they can go and share their experience, and feel comfortable and understood. Another major aspect of recovery is patient compliance. While a patient may feel better and not feel certain rehab steps are necessary, for the best possible outcome they still should be followed.
England was also asked about the preventative side of heart health. She shared that in her experience one of the biggest obstacles to overcome, is the perception of limited access and information. England advised there is a lot of informa

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