Sunday, February 22, 2015


In celebration of National Heart Health Month, patients, residents and staff of Versailles Health Care Center were encouraged to stay heart-healthy and show their support on National Wear Red Day February 7th.

Coronary heart disease is America’s #1 killer. Stroke is #3, which can also cause serious disability. Knowing the signs and symptoms of heart conditions, and how to respond quickly and effectively, is important in our daily lives. Although some heart attacks occur suddenly, most begin slowly, with only mild pain and discomfort. These symptoms may be taken lightly and help may not be sought in time.
Signs of a heart attack may include the following:

  • Discomfort in the center of the chest that’s either constant, or comes and goes. This discomfort can be in the form of pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain. Chest discomfort is the most common heart attack symptom among men and women.
  • Discomfort in other areas such as the arms, neck, jaw, or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Cold sweats, lightheadedness, nausea.
  • Women are somewhat more likely than men to experience the other signs of heart attack listed above.

Cardiac arrest occurs immediately. Here are some of the signs:

  • Sudden unresponsiveness.
  • Abnormal breathing – normal breath not taken when head is tilted up, and checked for at least 5 seconds.

Stroke warning signs include any of the following, sudden changes:

  • Numbness or weakness in the arm, leg, or face – especially on one side of the body.
  • Confusion – trouble understanding or verbalizing thoughts.
  • Vision difficulty in one or both eyes.
  • Trouble walking, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Severe headache with unknown cause.

Don’t wait more than five minutes to call 911- fast action saves lives! For more information on heart conditions:

Versailles Health Care Center offers a comprehensive rehabilitation program to help patients with heart disease, including preventative, therapeutic and postsurgical care. VHCC nursing staff is certified in a Nationally Nurse Certification Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Program through the Department of Human and Health Services. The CHF Program consists of the following components: Interdisciplinary Training/Education, Admission Process, Assessment and Monitoring, Patient/Caregiver Teaching, Discharge Process, and Post-Discharge. The Interdisciplinary Training and Education more specifically includes: 8-hour CHF certification LN Course-Verification of Education, 8-hour of bedside training with competency evaluation, and ten elements of competence for using teach back effectively after barriers to learning identified. The Rehab Clinic at VHCC offers specialized services for cardiac patients, including physical and occupational therapy as well as pulmonary rehabilitation.

Versailles Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, offers short-term rehab services, outpatient therapy, and long-term care. Versailles Health Care Center sent home 185 patients that utilized its short-term rehab services in 2014 and 166 in 2013! If you are interested in learning more about Versailles Health Care Center, please call us at 937.526.5570, or visit on the web at

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