Huntingdon, PA (2/10/17) – Join J.C. Blair Hospital during National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, February 12-18, in celebrating the life-saving impact of cardiac rehabilitation. J.C. Blair will be honoring its staff and patients and the role cardiac rehabilitation plays in reducing the potentially devastating effects of heart disease and improving quality of life for patients and their families.
In a recent presentation, Cardiologist Dr. Michael Sabatini noted that patients who participate in cardiac rehabilitation after a heart event are 10% more likely to be alive in ten years, and have a reduced rate of repeat heart attack, heart failure, cardiac surgeries and hospital readmissions. Other studies have shown a 26-31% reduction in cardiac death rates for rehab participants.
J.C. Blair’s Cardiac Rehab is the one of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) certified programs in the region to offer a medically monitored exercise program for those who have had a recent heart illness or surgery/procedure. Cardiac Rehab combines physical exercise with risk factor modification to help with recovery and improved physical strength, mood and quality of life. Risk factors are those things that put someone at high risk for having another cardiac event such as high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, and being overweight.
J.C. Blair’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Nursing Service Leader Denise Sheffield was the first in the region to become a certified cardiac rehabilitation professional (CCRP) by the AACVPR. In order to be certified, Sheffield had to complete over 1,200 clinical hours in cardiac rehab and pass a rigorous examination on patient assessment, tobacco cessation, exercise training, physical activity counseling, nutrition, weight, blood pressure, blood lipid, diabetes, and psychosocial management.
Most health insurance plans cover cardiac rehab and J.C. Blair accepts all plans, including UPMC, Geisinger, Highmark, HealthAmerica, Aetna, and others.
Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, initiated by the AACVPR, coincides with both Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month in an effort to draw greater national attention to heart health. This year’s theme, “Going Beyond the Beat,” honors the patients, families, and healthcare professionals who are dedicated to cardiac rehabilitation as a vehicle for a healthy lifestyle.
For more information about Cardiac Rehabilitation at J.C. Blair, call (814) 643- 7064 or visit www.jcblair.org.