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Cardiac rehab is offered at Sistersville General Hospital

By Staff | Oct 8, 2014

Cardiac Rehab patients receive shirts like the one pictured above held by Kylie Fraser, Registered Respiratory Therapist and Coordinator of the Cardiac Rehab program at Sistersville General Hospital and Heather Rine, Registered Respiratory Therapist and Director of the Cardiac Program.

After having a heart attack, heart surgery or stent implantation to open a blocked coronary artery, the best thing you can do for your heart, arteries, and long term health is to participate in a cardiac rehabilitation program.

Sistersville General Hospital has just the right program for you. They are certified by the American Association of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and are under the supervision of coordinator Kylie Fraser, a (RRT) registered respiratory therapist. Heather Rine, also a registered respiratory therapist; Natasha Phillips, (CRT) certified registered therapist; and C.R.T. Lianne VanCamp are also on the staff.

Cardiac rehabilitation programs are shown to reduce deaths by up to 25 percent during the first years following a heart attack or procedure. And, the benefits go beyond survival and heart health. Cardiac rehabilitation also improves muscle strength, lung function, and endurance-all of which are essential for returning to an active life after a heart attack or other cardiac event.

Sistersville’s program goes beyond medically supervised exercise, they include strategies to reduce risk factors, including nutrition, diabetes, exercise, stress management, weight control and management, and smoke cessation.

Using a variety of exercise equipment, medical devices, and computer monitoring, the staff at the cardiac rehabilitation department closely monitors each patient as they go through the 12-week program. R.R.T. Kylie Fraser said, “Each patient receives 36 sessions. Sessions normally last for an hour to an hour-and-a-half three times per week for the 12-week period.”

Using a variety of exercise equipment, medical devices and computer monitoring, the staff at the cardiac rehabilitation dept. closely monitors each patient as they go through the 12 week program

During the rehabilitation session the patients demonstrated benefits include reduced symptoms (angina, shortness of breath, and fatigue), Mortality benefit of approximately 20 to 25 percent, increased exercise performance, improved lipid panel (total cholesterol, HDL good cholesterol, LDL bad cholesterol and triglycerides), increased knowledge about cardiac disease and its management, enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living, improved self esteem, and the ability to return to work or leisure activities.

Most insurance companies cover all or part of the rehabilitation for individuals who have had a heart attack, undergone angioplasty (with or without a stent), had bypass surgery, stable angina (chest pain on exertion), or had a heart valve repaired or replaced.

Sistersville’s cardiac rehabilitation hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling the hospital at 304-652-2611 and asking for the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center.

Jane Sullivan, a recent patient, had this to say about the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, “The staff is very professional, very kind and caring, they made me feel very welcome and comfortable and I learned through their help how to control my diet, which is very important to me.”

The staff at the Cardiac Center encourages all patients who have recently undertaken a heart procedure to call and arrange a time to come in and check out what they have to offer. Fraser, coordinator of the program, said

Natasha Phillips, Certified Respiratory Therapist and Coordinator of the Pulmonary Rehab Center at SGH is pictured with Kylie Fraser and Heather Rine.

“Exercise is always the best medicine on your road to recovery.”