White River Medical Center (WRMC) was recently selected to become a TAKEheart partner hospital as a “Learning Community Hospital.”
TAKEheart is an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-initiative designed to assist hospitals and health systems in increasing cardiac rehabilitation referrals, enrollment, and retention to improve patient outcomes, a press release from WRMC noted.
As a learning community hospital, WRMC will receive step-by-step training on implementing a proven means of increasing participation in cardiac rehabilitation among eligible patients.
According to the American Hospital Association (AHA), patients who choose to take part in a cardiac rehabilitation program experience better outcomes and overall improved quality of life. If patient participation in this program increased by 70 percent nationally, it could save approximately 25,000 lives and prevent 180,000 hospital admissions a year.
Cardiac rehabilitation benefits patients with heart conditions including coronary artery disease, angina, balloon angioplasty, cardiac stents, recent cardiac surgery, heart attack, heart failure, or heart transplant.
Cardiac rehabilitation includes an assessment of personal risk factors, an individualized exercise plan supervised by clinical professionals, psychological/stress assessment, and education and support to make heart-healthy lifestyle changes, the release notes.
Cardiac rehabilitation also offers opportunities to meet and share stories with other patients; monitoring for better control of blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes; and improved communication with your primary care provider or cardiologist.
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