Every year, the second week of February is celebrated as "National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week" in the United States. The "American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR)" sponsors this week long celebration. This year, National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week will be observed from February 8-14 and focus on drawing national attention towards the contribution of cardiac rehabilitation in reducing the potentially devastating effects of heart disease.
Over the past decade, cardiac rehabilitation has become a mainstream treatment for heart disease. Programs combine both physical exercises and education to help patients recover quickly from heart attacks, heart surgery and other illnesses related to heart disease. Research suggests that patients who participate in this program not only feel better but also live longer when compared to others who do not participate.
The National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week is a great platform to highlight the role that rehabilitation plays in reducing the potentially devastating effects of cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases through education, prevention, and research and disease management.
The 2015 theme for this year’s event is "Cardiac Rehabilitation: A Work of Heart". The theme recognizes the significant contributions made by hospitals and healthcare centers in providing affordable, high quality and cost-effective patient care.
This campaign will be celebrated at hospitals, exercise facilities and outpatient rehabilitation centers across the country which will host risk factor screening, open house, health fairs, and seminars to share information on cardiovascular health, fitness and other related topics. The program encourages individuals to make positive lifestyle changes in diet, exercise and smoking cessation which will enable them to better manage their symptoms of heart disease.
Happy National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week! Let this week-long celebration be a strong platform to set realistic goals to lead a healthy lifestyle.