Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Celebrates 40 Years of Service
Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono celebrated the 40th anniversary of the hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation program, the only inpatient cardiac rehabilitation service offered in Monroe County. The program helps patients return to their lives through monitored exercise to strengthen the heart muscles and lessen the chances of another heart attack. Education on healthy dietary habits is also provided. The support of the team includes registered nurses and exercise physiologists who are all under the department’s medical director, Anil Gupta, MD.
“The cardiac inpatient rehabilitation program benefits patients who have had open heart surgery, coronary stents, heart attacks, mechanical hearts, and have congestive heart failure. Our team is with patients for support every step of the way. In addition to the care they receive they have a lasting bond from our caring colleagues,” said Gupta, MD.
The 36 session program spans 12 weeks. The benefits of the cardiac rehabilitation program are to help patients lessen the physical and emotional effects of heart disease, improve their stamina and strength to get them back to their usual activities.