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Lowering Risk Factors for Heart & Vascular Disease

Every year, thousands of hours are devoted to programs designed to help Frederick County residents lower their risk of premature death from stroke and heart attack through education and behavior modification.
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Raising the community’s awareness and understanding of stroke and heart disease is a priority for FMH. Every year, thousands of hours are devoted to programs designed to help Frederick County residents lower their risk of premature death from stroke and heart attack through education and behavior modification. The following programs are just a few examples of how FMH is reaching out to help residents lower risk factors and live healthier lives.

To earn the status of Primary Stroke Center, FMH has demonstrated excellence in the care and treatment of stroke patients, compliance with national standards and a serious commitment to stroke prevention education. The Manager of the FMH Stroke Center of Excellence provides education to caregivers and private citizens to help assure that patients suffering a stroke have the best care possible at every stage of treatment.

The Stroke Center staff works closely with Frederick County’s Emergency Medical Services to provide First Responder Education. This collaborative effort makes sure that paramedics and firefighters are up to date on how “brain attack,” or stroke, presents in patients, as well as the newest protocols for treatment. In addition, the Stroke Center team has also developed an interactive workshop called Stroke: KnowYour Risk Factors to help Frederick County residents identify the signs and symptoms of stroke. Attended last year by nearly 400 County residents, this stroke workshop also teaches participants what to do if they feel they or someone they know is having a stroke.

Because stopping health problems before they begin is the most efficient approach, nutritionists from the FMH Wellness Center’s HealthyWeigh program are working to target childhood obesity. These professionals provide hundreds of hours of education to area school children about the importance of regular exercise and good nutrition with regard to managing weight and staying healthy.

Through monthly meetings and educational presentations from hospital staff, the FMH Select! program encourages senior adults to live healthier lives. Physicians from the hospital’s Interventional Cardiology & Electrophysiology Department are frequent presenters at FMH Select! meetings as well as at other community gatherings where they provide information about heart attacks, stroke and arrhythmias.

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