LONG BRANCH, N.J., February 7, 2011 – February is dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and increasing knowledge about prevention, and in 2011, the week of February 13 to 19 is dedicated to cardiac rehabilitation.
With the theme, “Take Your Recovery to Heart,” the observance recognizes the role cardiac rehabilitation programs play s in reducing the devastating effects of heart disease and helping millions of patients each year recover from cardiac events and procedures.
Oceanport resident Jennie Vozos, 89, was quickly and accurately diagnosed when she recently suffered a heart attack and received lifesaving care at Monmouth Medical Center — including the important heart failure disease management programs that enabled her to complete her full recovery. She is shown here in Monmouth’s Joel Opatut Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center with nurse Carol DeMaio.
At Monmouth Medical Center, The Joel Opatut Cardiopuomonary Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program is designed for individuals recovering from heart and lung disease, as well as those seeking services that will help them learn how to improve their cardiovascular health through disease prevention and health promotion.
“Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised program to help heart patients recover quickly and improve their overall physical, mental and social functioning,” says Sharon Holden, administrative director of cardiopulmonary services at Monmouth Medical Center. “The goal is to stabilize, slow or even reverse the progression of cardiovascular disease, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease, another cardiac event or , or death.”
Located in the spacious Maysie Stroock Pavilion, the program features state-of-the-art fitness equipment, including treadmills, arm ergometers, rowing machines and stationary bicycles. The highly specialized staff works closely with each patient and his or her physician in developing individualized exercise treatment plans to meet their needs.programs that meet. Workouts are conducted under the supervision of registered nurses specially trained in coronary and pulmonary care who monitor each person’s vital signs to measure the body's response to the exercise.
Monmouth’s cardiac rehabilitation program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), a national, multidisciplinary association dedicated to the improvement of clinical practice, promotion of scientific inquiry, and advancement of education for the benefit of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation professionals and the patients they serve. Certification recognizes those programs rigorously reviewed by a national board and found to meet the outlined essential requirements for standards of care.
To learn more about the Joel Opatut Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Monmouth Medical Center, call 732-923-6595.
February 7, 2011
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