Saturday, February 23, 2013

Prevention and rehabilitation are cornerstones of cardiac care

Prevention and rehabilitation are cornerstones of cardiac careThe results of a study conducted by Sherry L. Grace, Ph.D., of York University, Toronto, and colleagues in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Care Continuity Through Automatic Referral Evaluation (CRCARE) Investigators reported that one year after being treated for coronary artery disease, 1,809 patients referred to cardiac rehabilitation had attended 82.8 percent of sessions during the year following hospitalization. That's good news as the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, pointed out that cardiac rehabilitation offers a comprehensive approach to chronic disease management by addressing risk factors such as hypertension, obesity, smoking, unhealthy diet and a sedentary lifestyle. It backed that statement by emphasizing that it has been proven that, compared with usual care, cardiac rehabilitation reduces illness and death by about one-fourth over one to two years. Cardiovascular rehabilitation is an essential component of the interventional cardiology services provided by South Nassau Communities Hospital's Center for Cardiovascular Health. After diagnosing, treating and confirming that treatments are working, the center's cardiologists refer patients to the Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Center in Oceanside. The center provides the compassionate care, rehabilitation and counseling that patients need to achieve the best possible recovery

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