South Denver Cardiology Associates, a Centura Clinic, is now offering an Intensive Cardiac Rehab program using the Pritikin ICR™ (Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation) Program, to treat patients with cardiovascular disease. South Denver Cardiology was the first location in Colorado to offer the program, launching in April 2019.
The Pritikin program is based on the Pritikin lifestyle program, which focuses on the role of healthy eating, regular exercise and a healthy mind-set. The Medicare-approved evidence-based rehab program helps reduce risk factors for those who have experienced a serious heart event by implementing lifestyle changes that promote long-term health and well-being.
Numerous studies have documented the Pritikin program’s ability to lower blood cholesterol levels, improve blood pressure and blood sugar control and reduce other lifestyle-related risk factors.
Patients who have suffered from one of seven qualifying cardiovascular events, including heart attack, angioplasty and stents, bypass or valve surgery, angina/chest pain, or cardiac transplant, can be enrolled at South Denver Cardiology in the Pritikin ICR program–one of more than 31 Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation programs currently offered across the United States.
Patients can begin the program immediately following a heart event and the program is easily adapted to be completed in 12 weeks, depending on the patient’s availability. The program encourages family members to attend for motivation and support.
The 72-session intensive cardiac rehab enhances conventional 36-session cardiac rehab, enabling a more comprehensive series of exercise, nutrition and stress management sessions for improved outcomes.
The sessions offer a mix of exercise, individual education and group workshops facilitated by South Denver Cardiology’s exercise physiologists, RNs, and registered dieticians, including expanded heart- healthy cooking classes and instruction on healthy food shopping and meal planning. The program is custom-designed to fit each individual’s needs with personal counseling to reinforce lecture sessions, provide coaching and track progress.
To learn more about Pritikin, call our Rehab staff at 303-715-2260 or visit www.southdenver.com/pritikin
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