It's Cardiac Rehab Awareness Week

February 16, 2021

Cardiac Rehabilitation Week draws attention to the role of cardiac rehabilitation in reducing the potentially devastating effects of heart disease. Today we want to thank the many dedicated rehab programs and their staff who support patients with cardiovascular disease in making the necessary lifestyle changes to improve their lives after a cardiac event.

"Did you know that the Million Hearts®, a national initiative co-led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with the goal of preventing one million acute cardiovascular events by 2022, has worked with CR professionals to set a national goal of 70% participation in CR for eligible patients. Improving awareness about the value of CR, increasing referral of eligible patients, and reducing system and patient barriers to participation are all critical steps in improving the referral, enrollment, and participation rates in CR programs. More importantly, effective remedies have been identified but are not being widely and systematically implemented. Although cardiac rehab programs are underutilized, some fear that the existing number of programs would be insufficient to serve all eligible people."

Check out this infographic from Million Hearts to learn more about

1. The benefits of cardiac rehab

2. Who can benefit but is not being referred

3. What improves cardiac rehab rates

4. What are the barriers to cardiac rehab participation and completion

5. How to eliminate barriers to participation and completion

6. What other strategies and delivery models could help cardiac rehab uptake

The right program is a crucial part of recovery after a cardiac event. To fully serve all eligible patients, programs need to offer alternative solutions. Virtual cardiac rehabilitation has been successful in increasing enrollment rates, improving access to care for those who cannot otherwise attend and achieving clinical outcomes as good as traditional programs.

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