Highland Presybyterian Church

Congregational Nurse

nurseWe are delighted to welcome long-time Highland member Susan Doughton to her new role of Congregational Nurse. Susan officially began this ministry among us with her commissioning on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

Susan’s training as a Congregational Nurse, through a program of The Shepherd’s Center, enables her to minister holistically to individuals and families in our congregation to promote wellness of body, mind and spirit. She will not be a direct service provider, rather she will serve as a steward of our congregation’s health. In the months to come we will share more information about Susan’s new role among us, including office hours and contact information.

Each month our Congregational Nurse will share a health column here (see below) and in Highlights. She will also have a bulletin board in the Gallery Hall with additional health information. Susan will be available for conversation in her office (in our church Library) on most Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday mornings at 11:00 a.m.

Notes from Our Congregational Nurse

Did you know heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year? An estimated 44 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease. The message this month is that heart disease symptoms and heart attack can look very different in women than in men. Sometimes these symptoms are ignored or attributed to less serious conditions because of this difference. Awareness and prevention can change these statistics.

Coronary heart disease is the main form of heart disease. It is a disorder of the blood vessels of the heart that can lead to heart attack. A heart attack occurs when there is a blockage preventing oxygen and nutrients from getting to the heart. While some risk factors cannot be controlled, there are many things we can do to reduce our risk. These will certainly sound familiar. Do not smoke. Maintain a healthy weight by making good food choices. Stay active. Work with your healthcare professional to manage blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol.

While chest pain and pressure can be symptoms of heart attack for men and women, there are other complaints that often occur in women. They include the following:
  • Pain in one or both arms
  • Pain in the back, neck, or jaw
  • Shortness of breath and fatigue without pain
  • Excessive sweating, nausea, and lightheadedness
If you experience any of these symptoms, Dial 9-1-1 and follow the operator’s instructions. It is far better to seek help immediately even if these symptoms are not heart related. Mothers, daughters, and sisters, let’s arm ourselves with knowledge to fight this often deadly disease. For more detailed information, please visit the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women at goredforwomen.org.

Blessings ~ Susan Doughton


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