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The Johns Hopkins Cardiac Rehabilitation Program At Green Spring Station Achieves National Certification - 08/30/2012
The Johns Hopkins Cardiac Rehabilitation Program At Green Spring Station Achieves National Certification
Hopkins now has two nationally certified cardiac rehab programs
The Johns Hopkins Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Green Spring Station has received national certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, a designation that recognizes excellent care and the most advanced practices in cardiac rehabilitation. The certification, which is for three years, followed an intensive process of collecting and analyzing data on a wide range of patient outcomes and demonstrating the program’s adherence to the most current standards and guidelines.
“This certification requires exemplary standards and is reserved for the programs that show the most advanced practices and highest quality in cardiac rehabilitation,” says Stuart Russell, M.D., associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and medical director of cardiac rehabilitation at Hopkins.
“Our goal is to improve the health and quality of life for our patients. Cardiac rehabilitation has been shown to decrease mortality after heart attack, cardiac surgery and angioplasty,” says Russell.
To achieve certification, the program’s leaders had to provide information on their patients’ progress in cardiovascular fitness, quality of life, exercise ability and completion of the program. They also had to list specific goals and activities to improve their overall program even more.
“In addition to receiving a comprehensive assessment and an exercise program in a monitored, safe environment, our patients are also provided education on lifestyle and nutrition modification to reduce their risk of future cardiac problems,” says Sara Evans, clinical operations manager of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Green Spring Station. “We customize the program for individual patients and work to reduce barriers, such as arthritis or cognitive issues, that would make it more difficult for them to improve their physical conditioning,”
Patients in the cardiac rehabilitation program typically come three times per week for three months following a variety of heart-related problems or procedures, such as heart attack, bypass surgery, angioplasty, valve surgery or heart transplant.
“This certification is a great accomplishment. It means that we have two nationally certified cardiac rehabilitation programs— at Green Spring Station and at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center,” says Kerry Stewart, Ed.D., professor of medicine and director of clinical and research exercise physiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Stewart was president of AACVPR from 2000 to 2001.
The Johns Hopkins Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Green Spring Station is located at 10755 Falls Rd., Suite 310, in Lutherville, Md.
Founded in 1985, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the mission of reducing morbidity, mortality and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary disease through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research and disease management. Central to the core mission is improvement in the quality of life for patients and their families.
Stuart Russell and Kerry Stewart will present a free educational seminar on cardiac rehabilitation for people with heart disease on Oct. 2, 2012, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Baltimore North, 903 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, Md. 21204. For more information or to reserve a seat, go to: hopkinsmedicine.org/healthseminars or call 877-546-1009.
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