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Lowell General Hospital Receives National Accreditation for Cardiac Rehabilitation

AACVPR recognizes quality guidelines and patient care

AACVPR logoThe cardiac rehabilitation department at Lowell General Hospital has been certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) for meeting essential standards for quality patient care in cardiac rehabilitation. This is the only peer-reviewed accreditation in the nation designed to review individual facilities for adherence to standards and guidelines for cardiac rehabilitation centers.

A long-standing component of cardiovascular care at Lowell General Hospital, cardiac rehabilitation is the recovery phase for a patient who has suffered a heart attack, undergone angioplasty, or after surgery to treat heart disease. An essential part of successful treatment, cardiac rehabilitation includes monitoring, lifestyle education, exercise, and support to help reduce the risk of future heart problems and progression of disease.

Cardiac Rehab certification“Our patients often credit the success of their heart health to this important step in the cardiac care process,” says Patricia Morse, BSN, RN, director of heart and vascular services at Lowell General Hospital (far right in photo). “Having a certified program helps our patients and their family members to be confident that whether they have had a stent implanted, receive a defibrillator or pacemaker, or undergo another cardiovascular procedure, they can safely resume a healthy, active, lifestyle and enjoy many years ahead.”

Recent studies have shown that patients who complete participation in a cardiac rehabilitation program significantly increase the likelihood of a successful recovery and lower the chance of a repeat heart attack.

About the AACVPR

Founded in 1985, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is dedicated to our mission of reducing morbidity, mortality and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary disease through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research and disease management. Central to the core mission is improvement in quality of life for patients and their families.

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