A healthy debate can still be bad for your blood pressure, says Jessica Swiatocha, manager of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation at Southampton Hospital.
All debate surrounding this year’s election was recently banned from the hospital’s cardiopulmonary rehabilitation gym, Swiatocha said. Bright pink signs now hang in the center that read: “Due to the fact that we have patients with heart conditions we can not allow political debates in the gym.”
Swiatocha says divisive political discussion has been stressing out some of her patients, all of whom are either recovering from heart surgery, have had a heart attack or suffer from congestive heart failure, she said.
“Stress has been proven to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease,” Swiatocha wrote in an email. “It can increase blood pressure, increase irregular heart rhythms, decrease immune response, increase anxiety and worsen insomnia. Because of this we like to keep our cardiac rehab a stress free zone. We do a lot of education to our patients on stress reduction and didn’t want to be preaching a low stress lifestyle in a high stress environment.”
Date Posted: Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 , Total Page Views: 554
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