Salmon Creek nurses checking vitals in the community
Legacy Salmon Creek - Vancouver
When you first meet Legacy Salmon Creek nurse Susan Frederick, R.N., she'll likely ask you for your arm. She's out in the community teaching people how they can protect themselves from stroke and heart disease. The conversation usually starts with a quick blood pressure check.
Out in the community
You'll find her at events like the recent Ridgefield National Night Out or at a women's golf tournament. "High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of heart disease and strokes. It's also very treatable," said Frederick who is a board certified Heart Failure Nurse at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. "Most people don't know their numbers; a quick blood pressure check can help motivate them to take charge of their heart health."
Teaching valuable basics
Heart disease and stroke are this country's number one and number five leading causes of death and are a leading cause of disability. Lifestyle changes can dramatically lower one's risk for heart attack or stroke. Health educators are trying to reach people who don't know they have a problem so they have an opportunity to protect themselves. "For others, they may not have a problem at all and we want to make sure they have the information to prevent it from ever happening," said Frederick. "In the medical center we see the pain and suffering brought on by heart disease and stroke. It's important we try to get to people before they have to come to the hospital." Your next chance to meet Susan and ask about your heart health is Saturday, August 20, at the Fisher Basin Park in Camas from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information please contact Kelly Love.