Salida, Colorado-Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center's Cardiac Rehabilitation
Program was recently awarded certification by the American Association
of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).
The goal of cardiac rehab is to help heart patients recover faster, reduce
the risk of future heart problems, and improve their quality of life by
implementing healthy lifestyle changes. These changes include adopting
a physically active lifestyle and a heart healthy diet. Education on stress
management, controlling high blood pressure and high cholesterol, smoking
cessation and stress management is also included.
Each cardiac rehab program is individually designed to meet a patient's
needs. It begins with a complete medical evaluation by a specially trained
physician. During the program, heart patients are given a chance to learn
how to exercise again safely while under the supervision of a registered
nurse, exercise physiologist or respiratory therapist. Programs can last
from 12-36 weeks depending on a patient's circumstances and goals.
To achieve the AACVPR certification, HRRMC participated in an application
process that required extensive documentation of its cardiac rehab program's
practices and met strict standards of practice. AACVPR certification is
the only peer-review accreditation process designed to review individual
programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published
by AACVPR and other professional societies.
AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular
and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices
available. The certification is valid for three years.
For more information on HRRMC's Cardiac Rehab Program, call 719-530-2280
or visit www.hrrmc.com.
Founded in 1985, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary
Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the mission
of reducing morbidity, mortality and disability from cardiovascular and
pulmonary disease through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research
and disease management. Central to the core mission is improvement in
quality of life for patients and their families.