Habersham Medical Center Celebrates Heart Month and Cardiac Rehab Week              
 
            DEMOREST, Ga. – In February, along with National Heart Month, the Cardiac Rehabilitation program at Habersham Medical Center will celebrate its 27thAnniversary.
 
“Cardiac rehab teaches individuals about their disease, symptoms, and management, and helps individuals improve their coronary risk factors,” says Dr. F. Stuart Sanders, medical director, past president of the American Association of Cardiovascular Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) Heart and Lung Foundation and chairman of the 2016 World Heart Games.   “As a leader in the field of wellness and rehabilitation, Habersham Medical Center enrolls approximately 100 new patients annually into the cardiac and pulmonary rehab program.”

The HMC Cardiac Rehab program was one of the first programs to be certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The mission statement of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is to reduce morbidity, mortality, and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research, and aggressive disease management. Certified programs, like Habersham Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehab program, are reviewed by a national board and found to meet the outlined essential requirements for care.

During National Cardiac Rehab Week, February 9 – 15, 2014, the cardiac rehab staff will be selling paper hearts to display “in memory of” or “in honor of” for $1 each.  All proceeds will go to the Constance Thieme Memorial Fund, which benefits the cardiac rehab department. Constance Thieme was the director of the HMC cardiac rehab program for more than 20 years and passed away in 2013. The hearts will be on display throughout the month of February and will celebrate this year’s theme, “Cardiac Rehabilitation: For the Heart, From the Heart.”
For more information about cardiac rehab or to order the paper hearts call (706) 754-3113, ext. 2455 or email lreiss@hcmcmed.org