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KDMC Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Earns Accreditation

ASHLAND, KY — King’s Daughters’ Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation program recently earned full three-year accreditation from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

“We’re very pleased that our program achieved accreditation, reflecting the high quality of our services in helping people recover from cardiovascular disease,” says Sandy Smith, director of Invasive Cardiovascular Services.

The mission 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.

Cardiac rehabilitation is designed to optimize patients’ physical, psychological, and social functioning, in addition to stabilizing, slowing, or even reversing the progression of the underlying arterial disease. Cardiac rehabilitation includes nutritional counseling, physical activity counseling and exercise training, and aggressive risk factor management (controlling cholesterol, blood pressure, weight, diabetes, and smoking), in addition to the appropriate use of medications.

Candidates for cardiac rehabilitation services include patients who recently have had a heart attack or have undergone coronary artery bypass graft surgery. The guidelines recently have been broadened to include patients who have undergone stenting, have stable angina, and those who have undergone heart valve surgery.

To learn more about the King's Daughters Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation program, call (606) 327-4467, or visit KDMC Heart & Vascular Center.

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