Learn to live better with heart failure
It’s frightening when a health professional diagnoses you with heart failure. For most people, the words “heart failure” bring on fears of an imminent death. But once you realize the diagnosis doesn’t mean your heart to going to stop beating immediately, you need to learn skills to better manage your condition and you may also want to connect with others who have the same problem.
If so, a series of five free classes known as “The Beat Goes On” will be offered by Waldo County General Hospital on Thursdays, except for one Wednesday, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. beginning Oct. 3. These classes will be held in the second floor conference room at 125 Northport Ave. (the new building across from the hospital).
The five classes and the instructors are:
• Thursday, Oct. 3: You can do this: Self-Management Skills for Living Well with Heart Failure by Lisa Sirois RN;
• Thursday, Oct. 10: Ahhh: Managing the Stress of Heart Failure by Jo-Ann Whiting RN, the hospital’s case manager;
• Wednesday, Oct. 16, Pump it Up: Exercising with Heart Failure by Teri Mace, physical therapy aid;
• Thursday, Oct. 24: Eating Well with Heart Failure: Get the Low Down on Salt by Brooke Reed, Registered Dietician; and
• Thursday, Oct. 31: Pills and Me: Understanding the World of Heart Failure by Nancy Nystrom, a pharmacist at the hospital;
While the course is free, space is limited so register early by calling Barbara Crowley at 930-2650 or emailing her at email@example.com.