Expanding Cardiovascular Services in the Pittsburgh Region




 

Allegheny Health Network (AHN) has recently expanded its cardiovascular services by adding cardiac rehabilitation. Cardiac rehab is an individualized exercise and education program for individuals who have been diagnosed with heart disease. The program provides each patient with an individualized treatment plan to help patients recover after a heart related procedure and diagnosis, including:

  • Heart attack
     
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
     
  • Valve repair/replacement
     
  • Angioplasty or stent placement
     
  • Heart transplantation and VADs
  • Pacemaker/AICD insertion
     
  • Congestive heart failure (CHF)
     
  • Arrhythmia
     
  • Stable angina
     
  • Cardiomyopathy

Patients begin the cardiac rehab program once their cardiac team approves it. It starts two to four weeks after a patient’s heart procedure. Class times are variable based on the patient’s needs.

“Participation in a cardiac rehabilitation is crucial to making a full recovery and being able to resume the kind of activities a person did prior to a heart procedure. Cardiac rehab gives people the confidence they need to return to a normal lifestyle,” said Indu Poornima, MD, director of AHN’s Women’s Heart Center.

The program is staffed by multi-disciplinary professional team, led by the patient’s cardiologist including clinical exercise physiologists, registered nurses, registered dieticians, certified diabetic educators and behavioral health specialists. Cardiac rehab’s goal is to guide the patients toward wellness and provide the tools they need to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle after a cardiac diagnosis. During each exercise session, patient’s blood pressure, heart rate, EKG and oxygen saturation levels are closely monitored to ensure an optimal experience and a safe rerun to daily activities.

“Cardiac rehab gives our patients the necessary confidence to get back to a normal lifestyle,” said Michael Hagerty, MD, cardiologist at AHN. Dr. Hagerty has more than 27 years of experience in clinical cardiology, echocardiology, nuclear cardiology, and hypertension. He serves as the medical director of the cardiac rehab program at the Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion, which has a brand new cardiac rehab program.

Cardiac rehab locations in the network include Allegheny Valley, Forbes, and Jefferson Hospitals along with the Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion.

Allegheny Health Network is the highest-rated health system in Western PA for Medical Excellence in Cardiac Care and is rated in the top 10% nationally for Patient Safety in cardiac care.



 

To schedule an appointment with one of our cardiologists, call 412.DOCTORS (362.8677) or visit ahn.org/cardiac-rehab for more information.
 

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