Cardiac Rehabilitation Week

Each year 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.

This year 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.

Beyond 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:

  • Exercise!
  • Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and lean protein
  • Limit/ avoid trans fats
  • Stop smoking and smokeless tobacco use
  • Avoid illicit drug use
  • Be physically active! Reduce sitting time!
  • Keep blood sugar (<100 mg/dl fasting)  and A1C (<6.5) under control
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Get quality sleep
  • Reduce and manage stress in healthy ways
  • Get regular health screenings (cholesterol, BP, A1C etc)
  • Exercise!