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Lifestyle Changes and Supportive Services

While some aspects of heart disease are hereditary, many conditions are preventable with lifestyle modification. Lifestyle changes can be initiated as an important element of the treatment plan for patients at risk for or diagnosed with heart disease. Women's Heart NY offers an integrative approach to patient care, providing various opportunities to help support their efforts to live a healthier lifestyle.

Diet and Nutritional Services
Diet and Nutrition Diet plays an important role in heart health. Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight, watching your intake of fatty foods and salt, and eating more fresh vegetables and whole grains can go a long way in helping prevent or control heart disease.

Nutritional Counseling: The Womenís Heart NY program provides one-on-one dietary counseling appointments with a certified registered dietitian to discuss healthy diet choices for your medical condition. Nutritional services are largely covered out of the program's generous outside funding. A nominal fee of $10 is requested, but waived if necessary.Healthy Eating

Lectures: Periodic lectures focusing on heart-healthy eating and healthy cooking demonstrations are offered throughout the year.

Exercise and Exercise Services
Exercise

The human body was built to stay healthy through stimulation and healthful stress; that means a regular regimen of exercise and movement. It is never too late, with the proper medical monitoring, to start exercising and help prevent or control heart disease. Womenís Heart NY provides our patients with various opportunities to begin a regular exercise routine.

Cardiac Rehabilitation: After a heart attack or heart surgery, a controlled, monitored rehabilitation program is an important part of care. Cardiac rehabilitation isnít only about exercise; it also includes education, counseling and learning about reducing your risk factors.

Workshops: Monthly lecture-demonstrations focusing on exercise are offered the third Saturday of every month. Women's Heart NY patients have access to exercise education at the Continuum Center for Health and Healing for a small program fee. Patients learn how to safely and efficiently use a fitness facility. Please visit our events page for details.

Women's Heart NY patients receive a discount at the McBurney YMCA. Please contact the program coordinator for details.

Smoking and Quit-Smoking Services
Quit Smoking Cigarette smokers have a higher risk of developing coronary artery disease and heart attacks. Among other negative effects on the body, smoking increases blood pressure, damages the lungs and therefore the ability to exercise and be active, and increases the tendency for blood clots.

The physicians at Womenís Heart NY have undergone specialized training and certification with the American Lung Association Freedom From Smoking program to help our patients quit smoking. Some smoking cessation options available through Womenís Heart NY include individualized in person counseling, on-line counseling, take-home modules and periodic group lectures.

Stress and Stress Management Services
Stress Management

Stress may contribute to heart disease in some patients. Managing stress is an important lifestyle modification that will undoubtedly lead to a better quality of life. Various stress management techniques include visualization exercises, yoga, meditation and other relaxation skills. While these measures alone may help many patients, others may also need individual counseling.

Women's Heart NY patients receive a discount on classes at Reflections Yoga. Please contact the program coordinator for details.

To make an appointment with a Womenís Heart NY physician, please call
(877) WOMEN-00/(877) 966-3600.

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