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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Is your heart older than you are?

Published in Heart & Vascular, For the Health of It Author: Kathleen Mahon, RN, MN, CNP, APHN

A recent study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that three out of four U.S. adults aged 30 to 74 have hearts that are “older” than their chronological age. What does that mean? The age of your heart and blood vessels is based on certain risk factors for heart disease — blood pressure, weight, smoking and diabetes.

According to the CDC, Minnesota men have hearts that are 6.9 years older and women’s hearts are 3.8 years older. You can determine your heart’s age through an online calculating tool.

If you aren’t thrilled with your results, don’t lose heart. You can improve your heart health:

  • Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat a healthy diet (low sodium and trans fats).
  • Exercise regularly — at least 150 minutes every week of moderate exercise.
  • Keep your blood pressure under control.
  • Manage your cholesterol.
  • Control your diabetes.

To help you make lifestyle changes, talk to your health care provider or make an appointment with the Women@Heart Project, 320-240-7841.