My name is Stuart Russell. I am a cardiologist. I work at Johns Hopkins. I run the heart failure and transplant program, but also am the Director of Cardiac Rehab out at Green Spring Station. Cardiac rehab is essentially exercise training, as well as, kind of some teaching, both in diet and healthy lifestyle. It’s shown to be of benefit for people that have had heart attacks, that have had stents or angioplasty for chest pain, those that have had cardiac surgery. It really helps to decrease readmissions and improve quality of life and, most importantly, decrease mortality. When they are discharged from the hospital, they are given a referral for this. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen as often as it should, probably less than 50% of the people who would benefit from it actually get referred for cardiac rehab. Most insurances will cover this. Certainly the populations where the studies have been done to show benefit, almost every time, the insurance company will cover it.
My name is Sara Evans and I am the program manager for cardiac rehab. Cardiac rehab is a 12 week, 36 visit program. We have patients that are 98 years old that come in and go through the cardiac rehab program and gain just as much benefit as the 30-year-olds that have come through the program. We all are Master Exercise Physiologists, certified through the American College of Sports Medicine and we all have a background in cardiac rehab. We have sort of a small, boutique center, which was designed for that purpose, so that we can work individually with each patient’s needs. You are monitored the entire time. Your EKG is being monitored, your blood pressure is being monitored, your heart rate is being monitored at all times. If you are compliant with the program, you will get great results no matter who you are. I think that it’s important for each and every patient out there to know that this program is available to them and that they can get good results and it can change their life.