Wanda Louis, RNAccording to the American Heart Association, about 2200 Americans die each day from heart disease. That’s about one every 40 seconds and 46 % of them have uncontrolled high blood pressure. Taking care of your blood pressure and blood sugars are important aspects to taking care of your health. Not to mention they decrease your risk of heart attacks and strokes by 45%. Eating healthier, being active, and drinking water also helps us take control of our health.

Did you know that laughing may actually help your heart? According to Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, attending cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, laughter can decrease stress hormones, reduce artery inflammation, and increase HDL or the “good” cholesterol. Once you start laughing, it forces you to feel better and the effects can last 24 hours.

E Mālama I Ka Puuwai: Taking Care of the Heart Education Class

E Mālama I Ka Puuwai (Taking Care of the Heart) is our six week heart and stroke educational program incorporating guidance from the American Heart Association and the National Heart and Lung Institute. Our program will help you develop skills to koho pololei (make the right choices) in managing your high blood pressure and to mālama (take care of) yourself.

The course consists of six sessions, each two hours long. The class meets once a week and provides hypertension and stroke education to help increase your knowledge about risk factors, signs and symptoms, and complications and treatments. Our goal is to help you reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack.

The class content includes information about:

  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • Stroke
  • Risk Factors, Signs & Symptoms, Effects
  • Prevention and Treatment of Hypertension
  • Physical Activity
  • Medications and Vitamin Supplements
  • Nutrition
  • Smoking and Alcohol Effects on Blood Pressure
  • Issues for Men and Women
  • Behavioral Changes

The class also includes:

  • Screens: Blood Pressure, Pulse, Height/Weight/BMI (Body Mass Index)
  • Healthy Snacks
  • Cooking Demonstrations
  • Sample of Saltless Seasoning to try at home
  • Tips on eating healthy when dining out
  • Referrals to other programs/classes
  • 1:1 Opportunity to meet with our Community Health Educator (RN)