Eastern Plumas Health Care’s Therapy and Wellness Center, located in Portola, has added outpatient cardiac rehabilitation to its therapy services as of Aug. 1.
Cardiac rehabilitation services are offered by a medically supervised team of providers composed of cardiologist and Medical Director Dr. Milind Dhond; physical therapist Amanda Ferrero, DPT; Heidi Ward, MA, PTA; and dietitian Jennifer Vimbor, MS, RD.
The program focuses on managing heart disease and recovery from cardiac events such as heart attack, heart valve replacement, stable but chronic heart failure, open heart surgery, and more. It is also designed to reduce future heart risks. Cardiac rehabilitation is a specialized course of therapy sessions prescribed for patients by their medical providers.
EPHC reports that a typical cardiac rehabilitation program consists of nutritional counseling, weight and diabetes management, smoking cessation assistance, physical activity counseling, and exercise training. To address all of these areas, the program requires a team of providers to ensure the success of a patient’s progress and outcomes.
Eligibility for the program requires a referral from a primary doctor. Once accepted, a patient’s treatment plan is based upon assessments every 30 days. For more information about cardiac rehabilitation, visit http://www.ephc.org or call the Therapy and Wellness Center directly at 530-832-6502.
Information submitted by Eastern Plumas Health Care