Heart blockage, heart attack or stroke happen unexpectedly and usually is very expensive. Johnston Health Foundation recently created the Heart Fund in an effort to provide assistance to patients with financial challenges and have to undergo cardiac procedures and rehabilitation.The Heart Fund will be launched on September 26, the same date our new Cardiopulmonary Rehab facility will hold its grand opening.
The cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program currently serves its maximum of 83 patients, and has a wait list average of 20 people. After having a procedure where a cardiac intervention is performed, patients are referred and encouraged to attend cardiac rehabilitation. At this new facility, patients learn about cardiac disease processes, diet and nutrition, medications, and the importance of physical activity and exercise. This new facility will increase our capacity to serve up to 143 patients.
Watch this story from WNCN about Patty Settle, a member of our community, who will benefit from the new Heart Fund.
Heart Disease Statistics:
- Heart disease is the number two killer in North Carolina.
- Risk factors for Heart disease include high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, tobacco use, obesity, stress, drug use, age, physical inactivity, and family history.
- In Johnston County, the leading cause of death is Heart Disease, ranking # 2 in NC.
page 18, JHS Community Health Needs Assessment & Implementation Strategy Report