In the “Personal Journal” section of today’s Wall Street Journal, Ron Winslow writes about the attention that cardiac rehabilitation programs designed for patients with heart failure have been receiving recently.
We at Vasomedical are pleased to see programs aside from invasive surgery gaining mainstream attention. This piece largely focuses on post-surgery rehab via exercise, which is critical.
The reporter writes:
“Patients and clinicians hope increased access to a structured exercise program will not only improve and prolong patients’ lives but reduce hospital admissions – and readmissions. An estimated 17% of the 42 million elderly beneficiaries of Medicare have a heart-failure diagnosis and account for about 800,000 hospital admissions a year.”
With the updates to the Affordable Care Act, hospitals will begin to receive hefty fines for high readmission rates. Exercise will certainly go a long way in keeping patients healthy and improving quality of life, but sometimes it takes an additional push to get to the active phase of one’s recovery.
This is where EECP® Therapy comes in: as a bridge between heart conditions and exercising. EECP Therapy helps generate more blood flow to the heart, eliminates or reduces the symptoms of ischemic heart disease and after a course of EECP Therapy, patients are finding it easier to be more active without pain or discomfort.
Tell us: what do you do to pave the way to a stronger heart? Are you a regular exerciser? Let us know, and make sure to read the full Wall Street Journal piece here: