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Physical Therapy & Injury Specialists



February 2012

In This Issue
Exercise for a Healthy Heart
6Qs: Renee Gonzalez, PT Assistant, Certified Pilates Instructor & Air Force Veteran
Heart Healthy Snack
Think About It...
Clinic News
Staying Active Tip - Physical Therapy After Heart Surgery
Gift Your Valentine Something Healthy



Happy New Year to you! We hope you enjoy our February issue of STAYING ACTIVE. This month's newsletter is full of tips related to heart health. 


Exercise for a Healthy Heart


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A sedentary (inactive) lifestyle is one of the top risk factors for heart disease. Fortunately, it's a risk factor that you can do something about. Regular exercise, especially aerobic exercise, has many benefits. Read more about Exercise for a Healthy Heart.

6 QUESTIONS for Renee Gonzalez - Physical Therapy Assistant, Certified Pilates Instructor & Air Force Veteran
Renee Gonzalez

1. Where did you grow up? What school did you go to?

I was born in Denver and raised in Commerce City. I am the youngest of 4 siblings. I attended the University of Phoenix and the Community College of the Air Force. I am currently working on Master's degree in health care administration through the University of Phoenix.


2. What did you want to be when you grew up? 

I originally wanted to be a high school physical education teacher and athletic trainer. My ultimate dream back then was to work for a professional basketball team...taping Michael Jordan's ankles!! 


3. What made you decide to become a physical therapy assistant?

I went to the University of Northern Colorado immediately after high school. The freedom of my parents living 50 miles away was not the strict environment that I was accustomed to and my 18 year-old self didn't know how to act. I decided to join the Air Force. My sister was a recruiter in the Air Force so it made it an easy decision. I had a choice between working as a radiology tech or physical therapist assistant. I chose PTA and have never regretted it.


4. What are your hobbies? Playing piano and DANCING!


5. What is your favorite book? Anything by Nicholas Sparks, I'm a hopeless romantic.


6. What is your favorite quote? I have two -  


"Be responsible for the energy you bring into the room."

Jill Bolte Taylor, PhD.

"Don't let your wounds make you become something you are not."

    Learn more about Renee Gonzalez


    Heart Healthy Snack



    Be good to your heart this month. Try a heart healthy snack. 


    Heart healthy recipe for GORP  







    Exercise should be regarded as tribute to the heart.  
    ~Gene Tunney 


    Hearts of Hope Donation Drive
    Donations taken until February 24th 

    Everyday numerous patients have to sit for various cancer treatments for hours at a time. With our generous gifts of non-perishable food and bedding items, we can help make each patients' treatment relaxing and more enjoyable. Please support our effort in the Hearts of Hope donation drive. Please click here for suggested donation items. For more information, visit Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers.



    Physical Therapy After Heart Surgery

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    After heart surgery it is natural to feel tired and in pain. Although, beginning physical therapy immediately after the surgery sounds crazy, it's  exactly what you should do.

    Heart surgery can include one or more of several different procedures - bypass surgeries, placing stents, angioplasty, replacements of valves - or even a complete heart transplant. Heart patients can derive several benefits from physical therapy, both before surgery to alleviate symptomsof cardiac diseases like chest pains, cardiomyopathy, artery diseases, heart failures or cardiac arrests after surgery during rehabilitation. 

    About two weeks after you have the surgery, the physical therapy program should commence. Initially, a
    stress test is administered to determine the person's capacity for exercise. Generally, these tests include using the treadmill or a stationary bike while the practitioner keeps a track of the person's vital signs. This tracked data is collated and analyzed. Based on the results, a routine for physical therapy is determined.  

    heart couple   Gift Your Valentine Something Healthy

    For the month of February, you will receive a discount off any self-pay treatment.  This includes self-pay massage, self-pay Pilates, or self-pay physical therapy treatments.


      $5.00 off 1/2 hour treatment or $10.00 off hour treatment. 

    February 3rd is National Wear Red to show support for women's heart health.  
    Heart disease is the #1 killer of women.

    (National Wear Red Day is a registered trademark of HHS and AHA)


    Thank you for your interest in health and wellness. We believe Staying Active is important for WORK.SPORT.LIFE. 

    If you like this newsletter, please send to friends and family and have them subscribe. If there is a topic you would like us to include in a future issues, please let us know.




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