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11/9/10: Emerson Hospital cardiac rehabilitation offers prevention program

Emerson Hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation program will offer a 12-week prevention course for cardiac metabolic syndrome. 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, manager of the cardiac rehabilitation program.

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; cholesterol levels that are out of the normal range (HDL lower than 4o for males and 50 for females and triglycerides greater than 150); and fasting blood sugar level greater than 100.

“People with metabolic syndrome are at increased risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease,” said Dow. “Excess body fat and physical inactivity are the most prevalent factors making people predisposed to this syndrome.” 

The 12-week program, which will begin on January 13, 2011, includes an hour of supervised exercise with a physical therapist, educational support, and nutritional counseling (program runs Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 7:30 pm). Program participants also have access to a social worker, dietitian, and a registered nurse. The program focuses on behavior modification and stress management and offers a weekly support group.

The cost of the program is $400 for 12 weeks. For more information, call 978-287-3732.