In observance of National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, Feb. 9-15, 2014, the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center at Hill Country Memorial Hospital marks its 23rd year of service to the community.
What began as a cardiac patient education program in the late 1980s grew to become a dedicated cardiac rehabilitation program in 1991 under the guidance of Patsy Glasscock, RN-BC.
Glasscock, who continues to supervise the program today, said the HCM cardiac rehabilitation is designed specifically to help patients recover from heart attacks, heart failure, cardiac surgery and other heart-related procedures like stenting and angioplasty. Furthermore, the program’s certification by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation signifies its adherence to standards of cardiac patient care.
“For those affected by cardiac issues, our specialized cardiac rehabilitation is designed to get patients back on their feet and to reduce the harmful effects of heart disease,” she said.
After an evaluation, a registered nurse creates an individualized rehabilitation program with goals for each patient. Throughout the rehabilitation process, registered nurses counsel patients on how to manage their conditions and how best to return to normal activities.
“The benefits of our cardiac rehabilitation program are two-fold,” Glasscock said. “Regular physical activity strengthens the heart and also reduces your chances of future heart problems. Secondly, our counseling and education component covers topics like smoking cessation, diet, weight loss and stress management for a total rehabilitation program.”
“We invite anyone to stop by and learn how we can help with your recovery after surgery and your continued heart health.”
Those interested in cardiac rehabilitation may contact the Cardiac Rehab Center at
(830) 997-1358. Staff members can work with physicians to secure referrals for patients.