Cardiac Rehabilitation Is For Everyone

Last week, I blogged here regarding the exceptional Cardiac Rehabilitation Program offered at Regency Grande in Dover.

The fact is, Cardiac care is not just relevant to older adults and seniors. Everyone needs to maintain a healthy heart in order to survive.

Yesterday, featured many marathons and races in various cities across the country. Of course I ran 18 miles myself, but didn’t compete in any races. A friend of mine who used to be a chain smoking and morbidly obese goliath, actually participated in the bike tour through all of the boroughs! He trained for many months and did regular cardio workouts to build himself up to this point. In the process, he shed about 100 pounds.

His friends and family are so proud of his accomplishments.

In his previous existence, he was a young 34 year old ticking time bomb who was steadily creeping towards emphysema and heart failure.

He told me that he considers his cardio regimen, “cardiac rehabilitation.”

So true. So very true.

The truth is, folks who qualify for Medicare and are in need of this type of rehabilitation, shouldn’t fret about their coverage for therapy in a stellar facility like Regency Grande in Dover, NJ.

About two million more Medicare beneficiaries who suffer from heart failure now qualify to enter a cardiac rehabilitation program paid for by Medicare.

The revised Medicare policy came after a Medicare study found an 11 percent reduction in hospitalizations and deaths, as well as reduced level of depression.

Pursuant to the New York Times, to qualify for cardiac rehab through Medicare, patients still have to meet certain criteria, including left ventricular ejection fraction (a measure of cardiac output) of 35 percent or less and Class II to IV symptoms on the widely used New York Heart Association classification system. Patients also have to be on drug therapy.

If you are a caregiver of a Medicare beneficiary with heart failure, it is important to speak with your loved one’s doctor about whether he or she is a candidate for cardiac rehabilitation.

You can read more about the revised guidelines by clicking on this link.




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