Vitra Wears Red for Heart Health

Today, February 3rd is National Wear Red Day – a day to be mindful of the effect heart disease and stroke has on women in this country.  The terrifying statistic is that heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women every year.

Join with Vitra Health in honoring the American Heart Association with their “National Wear Red Day” campaign to raise awareness and bring us together in support of preventing heart disease and stroke among women.

Although these concerns are common among all Americans, different risk factors apply specifically to women. Here are some examples:

Estrogen

 Although it has been proven that estrogen ultimately lowers the risk of heart disease and stroke, sudden drops in this hormone due to hormonal imbalances, treatments, and menopause can, overall, increase the risk of these things.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a factor that must be considered when assessing the likelihood of heart disease and stroke among women because conditions such as pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, or a preexisting vascular concern that is exacerbated by pregnancy may all become risk factors.

 

Birth Control

Although side effects of contraceptives have been widely considered for decades and developers have been working on improving medication, oral contraceptives are still linked to a rise in blood pressure and blood clots. Older women and women who smoke are at a greater risk for these things in conjunction with birth control.

Vitra Health supports those who struggle with heart disease and stroke with a program funded through MassHealth that provides the financial assistance of a twice-monthly stipend and the support of a Care Team including a Registered Nurse and a Care Manager to those caring for loved ones. To learn more about how you can apply for this program and further support the ones you love, visit our website at www.vitrahealth.com or give us a call at 508-297-2022.

Connecting the Community to Great Services at Sturdy Memorial Hospital

We at Vitra Health were pleased to have the opportunity to sit down with a great group of Case Managers from Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. We were very encouraged by their readiness to work with other professionals in the healthcare field with the intent of coordinating better care for those who rely upon their services. This coordination of care helps to create a more stable environment for patients and improves overall wellness.

 

A pillar among the Attleboro community for over 100 impressive years, Sturdy Memorial Hospital has a reputation for applying a personalized approach to the field of healthcare. It was wonderful to see the depth of Sturdy’s knowledge and awareness of the surrounding community and to recognize that they truly treat each patient as an individual. We are looking forward to coordinating with them in the future and congratulate them for their 100+ years of quality care.

Thanksgiving Event a Success!

Last week, on November 22nd, Vitra Health was proud to co-host a Thanksgiving event with Quincy Housing Authority. Members from both were present to pass out meals and offer a friendly and welcoming face to residents in celebration of the holiday. Full of fun, conversation, and great food, the event was a wonderful way for Vitra Health to introduce itself to the community and to learn more about the residents and staff of Quincy Housing so that we can better fit their needs.

This is one of the first events that we at Vitra Health have hosted alongside Quincy Housing Authority and we are excited for the prospect of many more. Plans for future events and workshops are intended to provide education and training on topics that residents and staff, alike, would find interesting and applicable. In addition, we are hoping that many events will be great places for residents to meet their neighbors, socialize, and learn about the different opportunities open to them.

We would love to thank the many wonderful Quincy Housing Authority residents that attended the event as well as the staff that helped to make it so successful. A very special “thank you” is reserved for the Quincy Sun that reported on the event (as seen above).