Skip to main content

Listening Time — 22:30

A Black female olds her hands in the shape of a heart.

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.

Download the podcast on iTunes or listen below:

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.

Is this content helpful?

Thanks for the feedback!

Thank you. Your feedback has been sent.


You Might Also Like...

Podcast

Early Physical Therapy A Life Changer For Toddler After a Perinatal Stroke

May 6, 2021

A mother driven to help her infant son discovers the Early Intervention Program and fought to get him access to therapies that helped him thrive and keep

Podcast

Aging Well: 70+ Adults and a PT Share How To Thrive

Sep 29, 2020

Older adults who sit too much get out of shape. Senior pickleball athlete Andy Leighton and triathlete Patsy Lillehei join physical therapist Becca Jordre

Podcast

Physical Therapy: Gateway to Adventure, Independence, and Community

Sep 3, 2020

Physical therapist Carol-Ann Nelson is helping people with neurologic conditions enjoy the great outdoors at Destination Rehab.