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Beverly Ridenour (left) and Sonya Hinson with one of the scales used by heart failure patients.

Beverly Ridenour (left) and Sonya Hinson with one of the scales used by heart failure patients.
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Heart Failure Patients Benefit from UPMC Bedford Memorial Auxiliary Donation

EVERETT, Pa., June 21, 2017 – UPMC Bedford Memorial Auxiliary recently donated nearly $600 to the cardiac rehabilitation program to purchase 50 scales for heart failure patients. Heart failure means the heart is too weak to pump blood throughout the body. Blood and body fluids back up in the lungs, abdomen and/or feet and ankles. This excess fluid retention and/or weight gain can be a sign the condition is worsening.

Heart failure is one of the leading causes of hospitalization in people over the age of 65, according to the American Heart Association’s 2017 Heart Disease & Stroke Statistics. The number of people diagnosed with heart failure is increasing and projected to rise by 46 percent by 2030, resulting in more than 8 million people with heart failure. One treatment goal is to prevent readmissions to the hospital for these patients and a daily weigh-in on an appropriate scale is an essential tool, but may be too expensive for some patients.

“Having patients take their daily weight helps to play an important role in their treatment because weight gain often indicates worsening heart failure and, if caught early enough, can be managed without hospitalization,” said Sonya Hinson, senior clinical exercise physiologist in the UPMC Bedford Memorial Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department. “We are very appreciative that the auxiliary is partnering with us to provide residents with a low-cost solution to a growing problem.”

The auxiliary’s donation enables the purchase of an easy-to-read/use scale capable of weighing a person up to 440 pounds, and provides education stressing the importance of daily weight monitoring.

“Money raised by the auxiliary supports the hospital in its mission to provide excellent care for area residents. The scales provide a direct benefit to patients, and are a tool to assist them achieve better medical management,” said Beverly Ridenour, vice president of the auxiliary.

PHOTO: Beverly Ridenour (left) and Sonya Hinson with one of the scales used by heart failure patients. The scales are sturdy with a low profile to help patients take their weight safely.

About UPMC

A $14 billion world-renowned health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centered, cost-effective, accountable care. UPMC provides nearly $900 million a year in benefits to its communities, including more care to the region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution. The largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates 65,000 employees, more than 25 hospitals, 600 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a more than 3.2 million-member Insurance Services Division, the largest medical and behavioral health services insurer in western Pennsylvania. Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC ranks No. 12 in the prestigious U.S. News & World Report annual Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals. UPMC Enterprises functions as the innovation and commercialization arm of UPMC while UPMC International provides hands-on health care and management services with partners in 12 countries on four continents. For more information, go to UPMC.com.

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