National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week is February 14-20; The importance of cardiac rehabilitation, a service offered at Veterans Memorial Hospital

Cardiac Rehabilitation at Veterans Memorial Hospital ... The heart needs to exercise in order to regain much of its strength following any cardiac event, but patients need close supervision due to the heart’s delicate condition. In Cardiac Rehabilitation, the patient’s heart is continually monitored by a telemetry unit that watches the heart’s activity. Pictured at right is Jim Ranum of Waukon, using the arm pulleys during one of his recent Cardiac Rehabilitation sessions, assisted by Amy Rolfs, RN. The nurses continually supervise each session documenting all activity, doing blood pressure checks, measuring improvement and patient’s response to activity. Without this local Cardiac Rehabilitation program at Veterans Memorial Hospital, many heart patients would need to travel a great distance, three times per week to attend another program, or go without proper rehabilitation. For more information on the Veterans Memorial Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Department, call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411. Submitted photo.

Cardiac Rehabilitation helps fight against heart disease ... Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Half a million people die each year due to this disease. Many people develop symptoms of heart disease when they are in their 40s or 50s, interrupting a most productive time of life. Cardiac Rehabilitation is an important tool in the fight against heart disease. Rehabilitation involves monitored exercise, nutritional counseling, emotional support and education about lifestyle changes to reduce risks of heart problems. Pictured in the photo at right is Frank Sivesind of Waukon with Veterans Memorial Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse Dietsy Weymiller, RN during one of his recent Cardiac Rehabilitation sessions. Submitted photo.