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Staying heart healthy

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 23rd, 2013

Exercise specialist Nicole Schultz checks Jon Nestor’s blood pressure during a workout at the Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation center. Nestor entered the 12-week program after heart surgery. “When I came in I was a month out of surgery and pretty weak,” Nestor said. “Here we are almost three months later and I feel like a new man.” (Photo by Larry Coonrod)

Program offers cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation

Heart disease kills 600,000 people in the United States every year. It is the leading cause of death in both men and women.

Those lucky enough to survive a heart attack are at increased risk of having a second one. That’s where Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital’s cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program and its team of registered nurses, nutritionists, exercise specialists and therapists come in.

Samaritan started the program in the ’90s as medical thinking shifted from prescribing limited activity after a heart event to one of recommending exercise.

For the complete article see the 01-23-2013 issue.

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