Emerson Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program will offer a 12-week prevention course for exercise and weight loss, beginning on Wednesday, October 17 from 5-7 p.m. The program is designed for people at risk for heart disease or type II diabetes.
“We want to aggressively treat people before they have an ‘event’ – a heart attack, bypass surgery or a stent,” said Ginny Dow, RN, BSN, BC, CCRP, manager of the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention Program. “People who are overweight are at a greatly increased risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and diabetes,” said Dow. “This class is designed to help people develop and meet personal health goals with an individualized treatment plan from experienced, medically trained staff.”
Prospective program participants must have at least three of the following risk factors: Waist circumference greater than 40” for males and 35” for females, blood pressure higher than 130/85, HDL lower than 40 for males and 50 for females, triglycerides greater than 150, and fasting blood sugar level greater than 100.
The program includes an hour of supervised exercise with an exercise physiologist and a cardiac certified registered nurse, educational support, and nutritional counseling. Program participants also have access to a social worker and dietitian who run weekly support group/education sessions. The program focuses on behavior modification for healthy eating and exercise. Call to schedule an intake as some preprogram testing is required, such as labs and a stress test.
The cost of the 12-week program is $399 and it is held at the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department at Emerson Hospital in Concord. Any insurance plan that accepts health club reimbursement can be used for the program. For more information, please call Emerson’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Department at 978-287-3732.