Plantation, Florida

According to the American Heart Association, walking has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity. Think it doesn’t do any good? Think again. Walking is low impact; easier on the joints than running. It is safe – with a doctor’s okay – for people with orthopedic ailments, heart conditions, and those who are more than 20% overweight. In addition, research has shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour of regular exercise! That quick stroll around the block seems a little more worthwhile now, doesn’t it?

Plantation3'Walk with a Doc is a walking program for everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle. What better way to start your weekend than on your feet making strides to help your heart and improving your general health to live longer! While you walk at your own pace, you’ll have the opportunity to have questions answered by local physicians.

This program was started in Columbus, OH in April of 2005 by Dr. David Sabgir and has now expanded throughout the country. You don’t need any special gear and there are no special rules. Just put on a pair of comfortable shoes and walk alone, with friends, a partner or family or with a group. It’s a personal preference.

Heart Month: 

Haven Home Health’s Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Farzanna Haffizulla, led their monthly Plantation walk on February 11th with a focus on heart health in support of American Heart Month. Dr. Haffizulla gave a clinical update on heart health and discussed traditional risk factor reduction as well as elements such as social isolation that increases an individual’s risk of heart disease and stroke. She quoted data from the article published in BMJ- Heart by Valtorta et al. Their article states that “poor social relationships were associated with a 29% increase in risk of incident CHD and a 32% increase in risk of stroke.” Alongside targeting of traditional risk factors, Haven’s “Hearts at Home” program focuses on improving the mental health and social connectedness of patients with the use of personalized activity-oriented healthcare, telemedicine, non invasive CHF monitors such as Zoe and effective communication among all members of the healthcare team and the patient support network. “A patient centered, tailored approach to disease prevention and health maintenance is essential to improving patient health and overall wellness,” says Dr. Haffizulla. “Walking together today reduces our risk of heart disease by modifying traditional cardiac risk factors as well as enhancing our community connectedness which reduces social isolation.”
References :
Valtorta NKKanaan MGilbody S, et al
Loneliness and social isolation as risk factors for coronary heart disease and stroke: systematic review and meta-analysis of longitudinal observational studies




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Plantation, Florida

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Volunteer Park,
12050 W Sunrise Blvd,
Plantation, FL 33323

Lead Physician:
Dr. Farzanna Haffizulla, Board Certified Internal Medicine; Chief Scientific Officer, Haven Home Health

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