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February is Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. According to the CDC over 800,000 Americans have a heart attack every year, with approximately 600,000 of those being first time heart attacks. High blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and smoking are a few of the key risk factors for heart disease.

Fortunately, if you or your loved one is already suffering from heart disease, there are programs to help. CPMC Cardiac Rehabilitation is a medically supervised outpatient program designed to improve your cardiovascular health after you have a heart attack, heart surgery, or if you have advanced heart failure.

The goals of cardiac rehab include establishing a plan to help you regain strength through a monitored individualized exercise program, prevention education to reduce the risks and lifestyles that may lead to increased damage to your heart, and counseling to help identify and reduce stress.

Participating in cardiac rehab can help you:
• Live longer and lessen your chances for another heart attack
• Control heart disease symptoms such as chest pain and shortness of breath
• Stop or reverse damage to blood vessels in your heart
• Improve your strength and endurance, getting you back to your usual activities, including work, hobbies, and regular exercise
• Lessen the physical and emotional effects of heart disease
• Improve your confidence and well being

This program is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance. Our Financial Resource Counselor can help determine your coverage prior to enrollment. For further questions, please call 283-7192