As part of our dedication to improving lives, LSI is committed to supporting cardiac and pulmonary rehab professionals. During conferences like AACVPR’s Annual Meeting, we enjoy the opportunity to connect with these professionals and help them improve their own lives. Read more »
The King 6 Minute Cycle Test (also referred to as the NCCRA 6 Minute Cycle Test) was developed by Carl N. King along with NCCRA colleagues Dave Verrill and Mike Lippard in the 1990s as an alternate measure of functional capacity to the ATS 6-Minute Walk Test. The King 6-Minute Cycle Test (6MC) is a self-paced measure of functional capacity that allows a quick and accurate measure of functional fitness while allowing easy measure of vital signs (heart rate, blood pressure, rate of perceived exertion, fatigue) that are needed to write an individualized exercise prescription.
We’ve created a two-page handout that includes the protocol for administering the test, patient instructions and test scoring.
As part of our series on tracking and improving rehab performance, we’re borrowing a concept from business school: the SWOT analysis. Why? Well, a SWOT analysis provides a simple yet surprisingly effective framework for improving the performance of any organization, including cardiopulmonary rehabs. Read more »
Tracking and measuring patient outcomes continues to play an increasingly important role in cardiopulmonary rehab certification, quality measurement and insurance reimbursements. However, it can be difficult for programs to know how to begin tracking and where to focus improvement efforts. Read more »
Working with cardiopulmonary rehabs gives LSI a front row seat to its transformative value in the lives of patients on a daily basis. More often than not, cardiopulmonary rehabs need help convincing patients, doctors and hospital administrators of the vital importance of attending rehab as well as coming up with innovative ideas to improve and grow current programs. Read more »
Across the country, 62 million people are building their lives, homes and dreams in rural communities. While these towns may be difficult to locate on a map, the impact they have on the nationwide health of the country shouldn’t be underestimated. Rural health however, is often overshadowed with one-size-fits-all methodology. Read more »
Interval training – you may recognize it as the fitness craze that’s taking off across the country. However, while most commonly praised as the best way to get the most out of your workout, interval training is beginning to move beyond the gym into the clinical sphere. Read more »
Try as they might, the looming spring rain clouds in Charlotte, North Carolina couldn’t overshadow the bright spirit of the 2016 ACSM World Heart Games. With ponchos and pickleball racquets in-hand, competitors gathered from across the country to celebrate life with healthier hearts. Read more »
Measuring functional capacity and writing an individualized exercise prescription (ITP) for patients prior to beginning a cardiopulmonary rehab program is an important step that often gets overlooked. However, the right tests and tools can help simplify your evaluation and prescription process. Read more »