LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Memorial Health Systems of East Texas and the Heart Institute of East Texas' Cardiac Rehabilitation Center will be accepting patients on May 31.
Medical Director Ravinder Bachireddy, M.D., FACC, says it is the first of its kind in Lufkin and has a "on-site Supervising Cardiologist, Registered Nurse, a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist and other professionals."
"In this community—especially in Lufkin—we needed a Cardiac Rehabilitation Facility like this one, which is supervised by cardiologists and helped professionals like train registered nurses as well as exercise physiologists, and this adds credence to the program, which is very much needed of this region and this is being done for the first time here in Lufkin," said Dr. Bachireddy.
According to a press release, the program is developed around each patients needs. The average program lengths are 6-to-12 weeks with 2-3 exercise/education sessions per week.
"You come in here—we get you on the monitors—check weight, blood pressure, heart rate, blood sugar if you're diabetic and then we actually put you on the machines that are geared towards your specific goals," Nancy Sanchez, a registered nurse, said.
Sanchez says the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation are it strengthens your heart and lungs, decreases the risks of heart attacks, and can lower cholesterol levels.
"Primarily just getting them back to the things that they enjoy; getting them back to having a better quality of life, enjoying their family, their friends, their kids better and being able to do it healthy and know their limits," Landon Evans, a clinical exercise physiologist, said.
Research indicates that "patients who undergo cardiac rehabilitation have 25-30 percent reduction in heart attacks and strokes. Cardiac rehabilitation helps patients to lose weight, achieve better control of hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and high cholesterol and quit smoking," the press release said.
Medicare and most private insurances are expected to cover the cardiac rehab costs, Evans said.
For more information, contact the Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation Center at (936) 634-8840.