During February, also known as American Heart Month, there is a lot of information available on heart health and the importance of recognizing common warning signs of heart disease.  Healthcare providers, especially those who work in heart-related fields, also stress the importance of the recovery process following a cardiac event, such as a heart attack or surgery.

Cardiac rehabilitation is a vital component of the healing process for patients who have experienced heart-related problems. The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) reports that cardiac rehab patients are nearly 60% less likely to experience a cardiac-related death, which is a reassuring statistic for cardiac patients.

The Heart and Vascular Institute of Eastern Kentucky at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is widely recognized on a state and national level for the advanced technology and experienced group of specialized providers available to treat patients during a cardiac emergency. However, this experienced team of surgeons, specialists and support staff also makes headlines with the care offered to patients during their recovery from a cardiac event.

The Heart and Vascular Institute of Eastern Kentucky was recently notified by the AACVPR that its cardiovascular rehabilitation program had received certification following an extensive review process. AACVPR program certification is the only peer-review accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to specific standards and guidelines.

AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the cardiac rehabilitation field because they have been identified as having proven track records of providing high-quality patient care and meet strict performance measurements which have led to better patient outcomes.

For more information about the cardiac rehabilitation program at Pikeville Medical Center, visit https://www.pikevillehospital.org/services/heart-and-vascular-institute/cardiac-rehab/, call 606-430-8771 or scan the code provided.