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Baylor Hamilton Heart Hospital Honored for Innovative Rehabilitation Program
Date:12/11/2009

DALLAS, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For their unique Return to Work Lab which focuses on individualized rehabilitation for younger, more active cardiac patients, the Cardiac Rehabilitation program at the Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital was recently awarded the Innovation Award from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The award acknowledges programs that have enhanced their delivery of care for a patient population in a unique and creative way, beyond the traditional model of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation.

"We realize that a traditional cardiac rehabilitation program of moderate exercises on the treadmill and light weights may work for some patients," said Danielle Strauss, RN, program manager. "However, our industrial athletes -- individuals who perform strenuous activities throughout the day --require a more intense level of training to prepare them to return to physically demanding jobs, such as firefighting and police work."

The goal of the Return to Work Lab, a program funded by the Harry S. Moss Heart Fund at the Baylor Health Care System Foundation, is to create specialized programs for industrial athletes to ensure they are safe and healthy when they return to their jobs and active lifestyles.

"We are seeing younger and younger cardiac patients at the Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital, and many of these patients opt out of rehab because they don't think it will adequately meet their goals," said hospital president Nancy Vish, RN, Ph.D. "Failure to participate in rehabilitation training increases the likelihood that they will experience another cardiac event when they return to work."

Return to Work Lab staff members assess the activities patients perform in their daily lives and design programs to appropriately increase their heart rate and MET levels so they can return to their active lifestyles. The pr
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