During National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week held, Feb. 9 - 15, Lake Regional Health System’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation department joined health care organizations nationwide in celebrating the life-saving impact of cardiac rehabilitation.

During National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week held, Feb. 9 - 15, Lake Regional Health System’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation department joined health care organizations nationwide in celebrating the life-saving impact of cardiac rehabilitation. Initiated by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, the annual event focuses national attention on the role of rehabilitation in reducing the potentially devastating effects of heart disease. This year’s theme, “New Start Better Heart,” honors the patients, families, and health care professionals who are dedicated to giving cardiac rehabilitation patients a new start.

“Through cardiac rehabilitation, patients who have faced a serious cardiovascular event reduce their risk for future health problems,” said Jody Corpe, Lake Regional Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation manager. “The physical, educational and emotional support we offer helps patients improve their strength, health and quality of life.”

Cardiac rehab at Lake Regional is a three-phase program that includes consultation and monitoring by a registered nurse, exercise physiologist and registered dietitian. Throughout the phases, patients learn about their medications, diet and how to exercise safely. The cardiac rehabilitation program also can help patients improve their cardiovascular fitness; monitor their heart rate and blood pressure; reduce their intake of foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol; quit smoking; and manage stress.

It also allows patients to meet others who have experienced a similar health event.

“Coping with a serious health problem can lead to patients feeling isolated and depressed so it’s important they don’t feel alone,” Corpe said. “Our program has patients in all stages of recovery who share information and encourage each other on their road to recovery.”

To celebrate National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, Lake Regional Cardiac Rehab staff and patients participated in a host of fun activities that included prize drawings for exercise visits and heart healthy recipe exchanges.

“Cardiac rehab is hard work so the opportunity to loosen up and take a more light-hearted approach is highly-welcome,” Corpe said. “Plus, celebrating our patients’ hard work and accomplishments is the best reward.”

Lake Regional’s cardiopulmonary program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Phase I, II and III services are available at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach. In addition, Phase II and III services are available at Lake Regional’s Cardiac Rehab clinics in Eldon and Laurie. Phase III services are available at all of these locations, plus Lake Regional’s Camdenton and Lake Ozark clinics. For more information, call 573-302-2253 or visit www.lakeregional.com/HeartCare.