the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
(AACVPR), supports a national Cardiac Rehab Week to draw attention to the role of cardiac rehabilitation in reducing the
potentially devastating effects of heart disease and improving the quality of
life for patients and families.
Initiated by the
AACVPR, Cardiac Rehabilitation Week coincides with both Valentine’s Day and
American Heart Month in an effort to draw greater national attention to heart
health. This year’s theme, “Changing Lives One Heart at a Time,” honors the
patients, families, and healthcare professionals who are dedicated to cardiac
rehabilitation as a vehicle for a healthy lifestyle.
the staff has planned several fun events in order to engage our patients and
remind them how instrumental they are to us and their community. We have planned for tasty, heart healthy
treats, a game and trivia educational session, and a team spirit day! We have
also partnered with Lowes Foods to organize a tour of heart healthy selections
available at the grocery store.
Cardiac Rehab Week, there are many heart healthy focuses during the month of
February. If you are thinking about making a change towards a heart healthy
lifestyle, here are a few simple tips:
a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and lean protein
avoid trans fats
smoking and smokeless tobacco use
illicit drug use
physically active! Reduce sitting time!
blood sugar (<100 mg/dl fasting) and
A1C (<6.5) under control
a healthy weight
and manage stress in healthy ways
regular health screenings (cholesterol, BP, A1C etc)