During Cardiac Rehab Week (Feb. 12 - 18, 2012), the American College of Cardiology (ACC) wants to help you help your patients suffering from heart disease with special resources. Cardiac rehabilitation not only improves your patients' quality of life, but also reduces their chances of future myocardial infarction, controls current heart disease symptoms, enhances emotional well-being, and much more.
To help you treat your patients, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) has provided a comprehensive update on everything you need to know about cardiac rehabilitation as a Class I indication in several ACC/American Heart Association guidelines. In a recent ACC in Touch Blog post, Majorie King, MD, FACC, even suggests that cardiac rehabilitation is an underutilized Class IA recommendation for patients and offers solutions for encouraging cardiac rehabilitation in daily practice.
AACVPR also provides a patient fact sheet on cardiac rehabilitation and its benefits to emphasize the importance of this treatment when discussing this treatment with your patients. You can direct your patients to learn more about cardiac rehabilitation through a CardioSmart article and Q&A on the subject. In addition, CardioSmart features videos (available in English and Spanish versions) featuring recovering heart patients sharing how cardiac rehabilitation is helping them achieve a better quality of life.
Continue to check this page during Cardiac Rehab Week for new resources.