The window of opportunity for cardiopulmonary clinicians to encourage their patients to make lasting lifestyle changes can often be very small. While patients are enrolled in a rehab program, it’s very important that clinicians push them while maintaining a safe environment. At times, it can be difficult to find a balance between Safety, Effectiveness and Efficiency (recognized as the S.E.E Principle) when working with cardiac and pulmonary patients.
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To celebrate Cardiac Rehab Week 2018 (Feb. 11-17), we are holding a special contest for cardiac rehabs all over the nation. National Cardiac Rehab Week, originally initiated by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), helps draw attention to how participating in cardiac rehab can help reduce the effects of heart disease. Read more »
As the healthcare industry continues to move towards a value-based payment model, hospitals are relying more and more on quality outcomes. Not only will tracking patient outcomes help you and your staff identify opportunities for quality improvement, but they can also be used to create an individualized treatment plan and set appropriate goals for each patient. Read more »
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 »
Helping patients create and adhere to a heart-healthy lifestyle is part of any comprehensive cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program. When it comes to nutrition, we recommend the Mediterranean diet. Why? This approach helps lower high blood pressure and LDL cholesterol, as well as reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and Type II diabetes. Read more »
At LSI, we’re dedicated to helping your cardiac rehabilitation program become more effective and efficient. We understand that every program has its own unique challenges and we strive to provide the resources you need to overcome them. Read more »
The first step to improving patients’ lives through cardiac rehabilitation is getting them enrolled. We often hear from cardiac rehab professionals that one of the obstacles they face is reducing the wait time between a patient’s hospital discharge and his or her enrollment in cardiac rehab. Read more »
The goal of any cardiac rehab program is to provide patients with the best, most comprehensive care possible. How can you make sure your program is achieving this goal? Follow the S.E.E. Principle. 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.
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Cardiac rehab and secondary prevention programs are becoming increasingly involved in the comprehensive care of patients with heart failure. To assist clinicians in caring for these patients, we’ve created a helpful, two-page handout that outlines heart failure exercise guidelines and zones. We’ve used the FITT Principle to prescribe a safe and beneficial exercise training program to achieve optimal outcomes. Read more »