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Cardiac Rehab - Your Team for Recovery

Feb 16, 2017, 09:13 AM

Lowell Bunger works with Gwen Weghorst, RN, in the cardiac rehab program at GRMC.After a cardiac event or cardiac procedure/surgery, you can help improve your perspective with the cardiac rehabilitation team at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. The American Heart Association endorses cardiac rehab as a way to improve your heart’s future.

At GRMC, Gwen Weghorst, RN, works with each patient to rebuild their heart strength and function. “For patients who have experienced a heart event, cardiac rehab will help them feel better after a surgical procedure. You can become overwhelmed with questions and concerns following a heart attack, cardiac procedure/surgery, or heart disease diagnosis. I’m here to answer questions and work with you along with your physician. You will learn about stress reduction, cardiac medications, heart disease risk factors, and I’ll help you begin the recovery process.”

GRMC’s cardiac rehab program provides education about exercise, nutrition, and managing stress to help your heart’s health. This program has proven results. The cardiac rehab staff will help you relearn heart-healthy living. Individuals who attend and finish a cardiac rehabilitation program greatly improve their health and reduce the risk of future heart events. Really, it’s about beginning to make some healthier lifestyle choices that will provide the best long-term outcomes for your heart.

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is also a leading cause of premature, permanent disability in the Iowa workforce. It is estimated that about 138,000 Iowans have had a heart attack or CHD, 6 percent of Iowan adult population. The Iowa Department of Public Health indicates that approximately 9,000 individuals in Central Iowa could benefit by participation in a cardiac rehab program.

To address this need in Central Iowa, GRMC will expand the cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services into a new location, closer to the main entrances in a larger space to accommodate more participants. Watch for details this spring as GRMC renovates the cardiac and pulmonary rehab center.

For more information about eligibility or to schedule rehab, call 641-236-2411.
 
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