February 12, 2015: February is American Heart Month. Each year in the U.S., 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease, making it the leading cause of death for American men and women.
Also, approximately 720,000 Americans will have a heart attack each year – an alarming number that sadly isn't surprising when one considers that almost half of Americans have at least one of the three key risk factors for heart disease: smoking, high blood pressure, or high LDL cholesterol.
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, physical therapist Pamela Bartlo, PT, DPT, CCS, outlines the signs of a heart attack, the risk behaviors for heart disease, and the healthy behaviors necessary to avoid heart disease. She also explains the cardiac rehabilitation process that awaits patients who are treated for a heart attack.
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Pamela Bartlo, PT, DPT, CCS, is a board certified specialist in cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy and a full time faculty member at D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York. She also works at Mount Saint Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston, New York, in the outpatient and phase II cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation departments. She has also been involved in research focused on cardiac disease risk factor knowledge, exercise with congestive heart failure, outcome measures for the cardiac and pulmonary systems, and exercise for those with intellectual disabilities, which has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and textbooks.