If you’re a heart attack victim or have suffered another major heart event – or you’ve had a major heart procedure, such as coronary bypass surgery or heart valve repair or replacement…
…rehabilitation is critical to getting back to life and decreasing your risk of another cardiac problem.
Of course, Wellmont Health System and the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute have always provided rehabilitation services for heart patients, both during their hospital stay and after they leave.
To help patients recover and make meaningful, long-term lifestyle changes, we now offer a program called Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehab through the new
Bill Gatton Center for Advanced Cardiac Rehab.
Like traditional cardiac rehabilitation programs, Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehab has a big focus on exercise.
Unlike traditional heart rehab though, intensive cardiac rehabilitation also provides a comprehensive education in important skills like healthy cooking, grocery shopping and stress management.
In fact, where most rehab programs cover 36 sessions, Pritikin’s lifestyle-education approach covers 72 sessions to help you achieve health improvements you can sustain in the long run.
For qualifying patients with serious cardiovascular conditions, the Pritikin program has been approved for Medicare reimbursement. It actually falls into a new benefit class called intensive cardiac rehab (ICR).
Medicare covers both the rehabilitation exercises and the lifestyle-change education.
And you’ll receive both on every visit.
Pritikin has been shown to help prevent, control – or sometimes even reverse – a range of diseases and conditions,1 including:
In other words…
…with Pritikin you can make meaningful, long-lasting changes to reduce your chances of having another heart event.
If you've had one or more of the following conditions but didn't receive Medicare-reimbursed cardiac rehab after your most recent event, you would probably benefit from intensive cardiac rehab.
*With the exception of heart attack, there isn't a time limit on when these events had to happen to be covered by Medicare. A heart attack must had happened within the past 12 months to be covered.
Pritikin cardiac rehab is built on three pillars:
Once you’ve enrolled, a Pritikin-trained specialist will meet with you to customize a program in which you will:
Through your Pritikin rehab sessions, you’ll also learn how to:
In the end, you will have gotten an in-depth education about the relationship between your lifestyle and cardiovascular health. And you’ll be more motivated than ever to live well – for your heart and for those you love.
The Pritikin method has been taught for 40 years at Pritikin Longevity Centers, and more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific studies have established its proven health benefits.
Here are just a few examples from those medical studies:
All these improvements, including the medication reductions, happened within three weeks of starting the program.
The Pritikin program is offered exclusively in the Tri-Cities region of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia by the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute.
You can find intensive cardiac rehab at:
Bill Gatton Center for Advanced Cardiac Rehab
2050 MeadowView Parkway
Kingsport, TN 37660
If you're looking for more information or have questions about intensive cardiac rehabilitation, please contact Wellmont Nurse Connection at 877-230-NURSE.
1. Though the benefits of the Pritikin program have been demonstrated in more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific studies for certain conditions, results will vary from one person to another, as with any rehabilitation program. Even two people who comply with all the program requirements could have very different health outcomes.
Your success in reaching the results you want depends on several factors, including your dedication to the program, your personal goals, your body and genetics, the support you receive from others outside the program, environmental conditions and any number of other health factors.
Also, the Pritikin program is not a substitute for any medical treatments, including medicines, that have been prescribed by your doctor.
We can’t guarantee your health will improve as a result of participating in Pritikin, but if you follow the program, chances are very high that you’ll do much better than if you didn’t participate.
2. Journal of Cardiac Rehabilitation, 1983; 3: 839
3. Archives of Internal Medicine, 1991; 151: 1389
4. Journal of Applied Physiology, 2005; 98: 3
5. Journal of Applied Physiology, 2006; 100: 1657
6. Metabolism, 2004; 53: 377. Journal of Applied Physiology, 2006; 100: 1657. Atherosclerosis, 2007; 191: 98
Reach out anytime, 24/7, to learn more or to find out if you or someone you love is eligible.
Or call a nurse – 877‑230‑6877.
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