Troy resident blindsided by heart attack


Happy to celebrate another American Heart Month

Provided photo UVMC’s Tami Maniaci McMillan assists Lynn Matson.


Simple steps for the family to be heart healthy

Making time for a heart-healthy lifestyle can seem overwhelming. But the good news is that making a few small simple lifestyle changes can lead to heart-healthy habits that require little thought or effort.

You know your family better than anyone, so use that knowledge and get creative in how you can work heart-healthy habits into your family’s life and daily schedule.

Whether you’re a single parent or married, a stay-at-home parent or working, here are ways to make more time for the whole family to be more heart healthy:

• Identify free times for activity.

Keep track of each family member’s daily activities for one week. You’ll get a snapshot of when you might be able to get the family together for physical activity. It can also help you see which activities you can cut back on.

Pick two 30-minute and two 60-minute time slots for family activity time. Weekdays are usually better for 30-minute activities and weekends are better for 60-minute activities. Try to spread out the time slots. Here are some ideas to get your kids moving that parents can join in.

• Make time to plan a weekly menu, go shopping and prep your meals.

Keep track of how many times you grab food on the go for one week. Once you find blocks of time when you can do a little planning, it’ll be easy to learn healthy preparation methods, fix healthy snacks and eat fewer fast and processed foods.

• Simplify your family’s schedule.

In today’s society we’re expected to do it all. But this type of non-stop lifestyle isn’t sustainable or healthy. Try prioritizing your activities and see what you can do without so you’ll have more time for the things that matter. You can also work on stress management methods.

• Take baby steps, not giant leaps.

If you’re the head of your household, making sure that all the heads and hearts in your home are healthy is a lot to handle. The key is to take baby steps. Getting heart-healthy is a journey; you don’t have to do everything at once. Learn how to get heart-healthy one simple step at a time.

• Ask everyone in the family to do their part.

Depending on their ages, kids can help prepare healthy meals and help around the house. Treat your family like a team and encourage everyone to work together.

• Live by example.

We all need to do our best to walk the walk. If we want our kids to eat healthy and exercise, we’ve got to model that behavior. You’re not perfect, but if you’re determined and persistent, there’s not much that can stop you.

Source: American Heart Association website at http://www.heart.org/

For the Troy Daily News

TROY — After years of trying to eat right and follow exercise programs, Lynn Matson was blindsided when a heart attack struck last fall.

The day before the attack, she’d ridden her bicycle 11 miles without difficulty and the morning of she participated in an aerobics class.

After running errands, the Troy woman arrived home and soon began experiencing a tightness in her rib cage area. She described the feeling as like a tourniquet being pulled tight.

A trip to the UVMC emergency room with husband, Rick, showed blood pressure of 200/95 and an EKG indicating she was in trouble. Matson was taken by CareFlight to the heart tower at Good Samaritan Hospital, where she received a heart catheterization with two stents to correct one blocked artery.

“I have exercised regularly for at least 30 years and I’ve tried to provide heart-healthy meals since my husband’s heart bypass surgery 15 years ago,” she said. “Given the fact that none of my grandparents or parents and neither of my siblings have had heart attacks, I was blindsided by mine.”

She said she was blessed with the timing of her heart event and the care she received.

“When you are in a region where you have a community hospital, it is wonderful to know if you are in a big emergency that needs major attention that you are going to get it,” Matson said.

After the catheterization, she began participating in the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program at UVMC.

“I have really needed the security of the heart rehab Phase Two program to monitor my exercise sessions as I have rebuilt strength and endurance,” said Matson. She feels she has recovered completely. “I value the guidance and encouragement provided by the dedicated and upbeat staff in the cardio-rehab department at UVMC,” she said.

Matson worked for 30 years as a teacher in the Tipp City and Troy schools, taking time out to raise the Matsons’ two sons, until retirement in 2009.

Looking back to the days before her heart attack, she said she experienced indigestion-like symptoms lasting only a couple of minutes over a period of about two weeks. She wondered if she had digestive issues, but never suspected a heart attack.

“I would encourage anyone finding themselves wondering if they are having a heart attack to get help without hesitation. Women’s symptoms can be so varied that we really don’t ever want to hesitate to get checked out, thus hurting our chances of recovery,” Matson said. “It is better to risk the chance of sounding a false alarm than to risk your recovery potential. The early intervention I received made all the difference in my chance of a complete recovery.”

To learn more about local cardiac services, visit uvmc.com or premierhealth.com.

Provided photo UVMC’s Tami Maniaci McMillan assists Lynn Matson.
http://tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Matson.jpgProvided photo UVMC’s Tami Maniaci McMillan assists Lynn Matson.
Happy to celebrate another American Heart Month

Simple steps for the family to be heart healthy

Making time for a heart-healthy lifestyle can seem overwhelming. But the good news is that making a few small simple lifestyle changes can lead to heart-healthy habits that require little thought or effort.

You know your family better than anyone, so use that knowledge and get creative in how you can work heart-healthy habits into your family’s life and daily schedule.

Whether you’re a single parent or married, a stay-at-home parent or working, here are ways to make more time for the whole family to be more heart healthy:

• Identify free times for activity.

Keep track of each family member’s daily activities for one week. You’ll get a snapshot of when you might be able to get the family together for physical activity. It can also help you see which activities you can cut back on.

Pick two 30-minute and two 60-minute time slots for family activity time. Weekdays are usually better for 30-minute activities and weekends are better for 60-minute activities. Try to spread out the time slots. Here are some ideas to get your kids moving that parents can join in.

• Make time to plan a weekly menu, go shopping and prep your meals.

Keep track of how many times you grab food on the go for one week. Once you find blocks of time when you can do a little planning, it’ll be easy to learn healthy preparation methods, fix healthy snacks and eat fewer fast and processed foods.

• Simplify your family’s schedule.

In today’s society we’re expected to do it all. But this type of non-stop lifestyle isn’t sustainable or healthy. Try prioritizing your activities and see what you can do without so you’ll have more time for the things that matter. You can also work on stress management methods.

• Take baby steps, not giant leaps.

If you’re the head of your household, making sure that all the heads and hearts in your home are healthy is a lot to handle. The key is to take baby steps. Getting heart-healthy is a journey; you don’t have to do everything at once. Learn how to get heart-healthy one simple step at a time.

• Ask everyone in the family to do their part.

Depending on their ages, kids can help prepare healthy meals and help around the house. Treat your family like a team and encourage everyone to work together.

• Live by example.

We all need to do our best to walk the walk. If we want our kids to eat healthy and exercise, we’ve got to model that behavior. You’re not perfect, but if you’re determined and persistent, there’s not much that can stop you.

Source: American Heart Association website at http://www.heart.org/

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