Release Date: 09-13-2007 Click here for a larger view
(Honesdale, September 10, 2007)… Cardiac rehabilitation can change lives. How? “By teaching people that they can reduce their risk for heart disease on their own with the right diet, exercise and attitude,” said Nadine Greco, MS, Coordinator of Wayne Memorial Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Department. Greco announced today that her department has just been awarded a three-year recertification by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).
“We had to submit four studies, each of which went through a rigorous review.” Greco explained. The studies focused respectively on clinical statistics, behavioral health, health outcome assessments and patient satisfaction with the 12-week program. “We found most of our patients were continuing to follow the program six months later, and all were satisfied that they had participated in the program.”
“Since I started this program, I’ve lost ten pounds and I exercise a whole lot more,” said Mary Hassett of Lake Ariel, as she kept up a brisk pace recently on a treadmill in the department. Greco monitored Hassett’s pulse and blood pressure as she exercised. “I walk more and I bought myself one of these—a treadmill—for my home,” Hassett added proudly.
Hassett is about to complete the three-times weekly course. “It’s been great, I’m really sorry it’s ending soon.”
Cardiac rehabilitation programs are recommended for people who have had any kind of cardiac incident, according to Greco. “Th