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Heart Failure: A Great New Opportunity, A Great New Responsibility

Heart Failure: A Great New Opportunity, A Great New Responsibility

Heart Failure

CMS has approved Heart Failure (EF<35%) as an admitting diagnosis for Cardiac Rehabilitation. The actual date for usage of the diagnosis has yet to be determined, although we’re hoping for Spring 2014 date. By some estimates, the Heart Failure diagnosis, may increase your potential pool of eligible patients for your Cardiac Rehabilitation Program by 25-35%. Read more »

Congestive Heart Failure Patients Are Coming. Are You Ready?

Congestive Heart Failure Patients Are Coming. Are You Ready?

Congestive Heart Failure

CHF patients will be in your rehab soon. This great news also comes with some unique exercise prescriptions. Knowing that CHF patients have impaired cardiac output and function, it is vital to keep track of their heart rates and know whether they are exercising within their correct prescription. The LSI heart rate monitor will ensure that the patient stays within their prescription or the clinician will be alerted by the telemetry monitoring system. Read more »

Cardiac Rehab To Increase With Approval of Heart Failure Coverage

Exciting news for Cardiac Rehab!

With the approval of heart failure coverage, rehabs can look forward to a much anticipated increase in patient volume.  But with growth comes additional challenges.  CHF (cardiac heart failure) patients have additional needs beyond the traditional exercise program supported by ECG telemetry monitoring.  Signs and symptoms, such as dyspnea, decreased oxygen saturations, weight gain, and cardiac arrhythmias need to be carefully monitored. Read more »

LSI Celebrates Cardiac Rehab Success At World Heart Games

LSI Celebrates Cardiac Rehab Success At World Heart Games

Sweat drips down his forehead as he squints at the basket. The crowd is silent. The only sound he hears is the inhale and exhale of his own breath. He takes a deep breath through his nose; the game riding on him making this shot. Thoughts of the months of training are pushed from his mind as his focuses solely on the basket. The basketball feels taut, alive almost, in his hands as he bounces it—one, two, three times—on the court. He exhales. Aims. Releases the ball into an arc soaring over the heads of friends and foe alike. Read more »

LSI Equipment Chosen for One of Largest Cardiac Rehabs in U.S.

LSI Equipment Chosen for One of Largest Cardiac Rehabs in U.S.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, MD, has installed one of the largest cardiac rehab monitoring systems in the country, using all new LSI equipment. A total of 32 channels will allow the cardiac rehab to serve over 180 patients a day by monitoring their post-op cardiac vitals and other physiological parameters.

Cardiac Director Barbara Courtney began meeting with LSI President Korey Sixbury in 2006, in part to find ways to improve the performance of her current LSI equipment. “They were not getting the support and solutions they needed under our previous ownership,” Sixbury explained. “Barbara gave us a generous opportunity to come in and analyze the system and make recommendations for improvement.”

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National Cardiac Rehabilitation Registry to Launch in 2012

National Cardiac Rehabilitation Registry to Launch in 2012

CHICAGO (September 8, 2011) – The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) is creating an Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Registry to provide cardiac rehabilitation programs with national outcomes data for benchmarking and to demonstrate the positive impact of cardiac rehabilitation on the morbidity, mortality, physical function, and quality of life of heart patients. This will be the United States’ first nationwide registry of its kind. Read more »

In Loving Memory of Michael L. Otte

In Loving Memory of Michael L. Otte

Michael L. Otte, 59, of Huntsville, passed away Sunday, January 11, 2009, while playing golf with friends. Born and raised just outside Omaha he graduated from Westside High school in 1967. He was married to Sharol Schneider Otte for 39 years. Michael was a proud U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran with the 101st Airborne, 501st Infantry. He worked in medical sales for 34 years, traveling the country and worldwide. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Lloyd Otte. Survivors include his sons, Michael “Mic” Lloyd Otte Jr. and Joseph Harold Otte; daughter-in-law, Melissa Otte; grandson, Austin Michael Otte; mother, Barbara Jean Hayes; sister, Linda Margritz; and brother Tim Otte. Memorial Services were held Thursday, Jan 15, 2009 at Berryhill Funeral Home in Huntsville, AL with Dr. Skip Babcock officiating.

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