Nurse and patient refl ect on heart health
BY JASON COHEN
With many people skipping doctors’
appointments due to COVID, knowing
how to care for the heart is essential as
it is the number one killer of men and
February was American Heart
Month and a medical professional from
Bayada Home Health Care, a global nonprofi
t home health care agency with an
offi ce in the Bronx and one of its clients
with congestive heart issues spoke with
the Bronx Times.
Megan Lasako, a registered nurse, is
a clinical manager at New York Assistive
Care of Bayada and services Bronx
She stressed how even during the
pandemic when many are shuttered
inside that people monitor their blood
pressure, reduce their salt intake, take
medications and vitamins, develop
good sleep habits, exercise, eat healthily,
quit smoking and watch one’s alcohol
“Doctor appointments I think
they’ve made a little bit easier because
they’ve introduced tele-health,” she explained.
“As far as exercising, it’s not
like you can really go out to do water
aerobics. You kind of have to think outside
of the box.”
Lasako suggested taking walks
around the block if one is comfortable
or doing stretches and walking at home.
She stressed how important it is for people,
especially with heart conditions, to
have a good team of people around them
to keep them on track and focused.
Bayada clients with heart issues already
had a lot on their plate prior to
the coronavirus and the pandemic has
only made things tougher.
One of those people is 73-year-old
Morris Park resident Rosa Rivera who
is living with congestive heart failure.
Rivera, a retired postal service worker,
receives assistive care at home from
Rivera had her fi rst heart attack in
2017 and since then has been breathing
through an oxygen tank.
“It hit me like a ton of bricks,” she
recalled. “I didn’t know what it was,
but I knew I couldn’t breathe.”
In 2019 she suffered a second heart
She sees her doctor and cardiologist
often and has a home health aide
named Miriam from Bayada who she
is quite close with. Miriam has helped
her turn her life around.
Rivera exercises, takes her medication
and most importantly eats much
healthier. In fact, after her second
heart attack, she dropped her weight
from 233 pounds to 204.
“My home health aide has a plan for
everything,” she said. “She makes sure
it’s a balanced meal for breakfast. She’s
But, the pandemic has not been
BRONX TIMES REPORTER, M 34 ARCH 12-18, 2021 BTR
Rosa Rivera with her home health aide Miriam from Bayada. Courtesy of Bayada
kind to Rivera as she had COVID-19 in
December for 23 days. Thankfully she is
in good spirits now.
“Without her (Miriam) I don’t know
where I would be,” Rivera stated. “Bayada
has helped me so much.”
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