J.C. Blair hospital celebrates Cardiac Rehabilitation Week

HUNTINGDON — J.C. Blair Hospital will celebrate National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, Feb. 12-18.

J.C. Blair will be honoring its staff and patients and the role cardiac rehabilitation plays in reducing the effects of heart disease and improving quality of life for patients and their families, according to a press release.

According to a press release, cardiologist Dr. Michael Sabatini said patients who participate in cardiac rehabilitation after a heart event are 10 percent more likely to be alive in 10 years, and have a reduced rate of repeat heart attack, heart failure, cardiac surgeries and hospital readmissions. Other studies have shown a 26-31 percent reduction in cardiac death rates for rehab participants.

J.C. Blair’s Cardiac Rehab is one of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation certified programs in the region to offer a medically monitored exercise program for those who have had a recent heart illness or surgery/procedure.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, initiated by the AACVPR, coincides with both Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month in an effort to draw greater national attention to heart health. This year’s theme, “Going Beyond the Beat,” honors the patients, families, and health care professionals who are dedicated to cardiac rehabilitation as a vehicle for a healthy lifestyle.

For more information about Cardiac Rehabilitation at J.C. Blair, call (814) 643- 7064 or visit www.jcblair.org.