Later this month

Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital will be celebrating Cardiac Rehab Week Feb. 11 – 17. SBA Cardiac Rehab is celebrating its 20-year anniversary this year. It began in January 1998 and is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehab, which requires recertification every three years.
The Department runs classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with four available class times. Patients must have a physician referral and meet guidelines to participate, such as cardiac bypass surgery, cardiac stents, CHF and more. The classes are telemetry monitored sessions working on strengthening the heart muscle and improving overall health. Patients also receive information through educational classes, written material and audio/visual means.
“What we are trying to encourage is a heart healthy lifestyle through exercise, lifestyle changes, diet and medication,” said Amy Jacobs. “The class is tailored to each patient.”
Patients have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a dietitian and pharmacist. Exercise is tailored to a patient’s needs and abilities, working to get up to the recommended 30 minutes a day, while increasing intensity. Psychosocial aspects of heart disease, decreasing stress in our lives and decreasing risk factors are all addressed.
We all can do our part to help prevent heart disease, by managing cholesterol and fat in our diet; exercising 30 minutes a day, five days a week; and knowing our numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol levels, weight, etc).
National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week was initiated by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) to focus national attention on cardiac rehabilitation’s contribution to the improvement of the health and physical performance of individuals at risk for heart disease and/or those individuals diagnosed with heart disease or dysfunction.
This year’s theme, “Making Positive Changes, One Beat at a Time,” honors the patients, families, and healthcare professionals who are dedicated to cardiac rehabilitation as a vehicle for a healthy lifestyle.
About Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital
Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit, general acute care hospital that includes a 24-hour physician staffed emergency department, family birth center, home health agency, dialysis center, cancer center, and a family medical care facility in Augusta.  The Hospital is governed by a local board of citizens, and is accredited by the Joint Commission.