Nearly 100 graduates of Williamson Medical Center’s Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program reunited with WMC’s staff members who helped them regain their confidence to continue living the lifestyle they love.
Every February, during Heart Health Month, the rehabilitation team hosts an open house where they invite all former patients to come back. Brandi DePriest, R.N., one of the program’s founders, said she and her colleagues had the opportunity to catch up with patients from WMC’s first graduating class 10 years ago.
“It is extremely rewarding to see our patients thriving after going through our program,” Brandi said. “Some of them struggle with continuing the lifestyle changes, but confess this to us and often ask for tips to help get them back on track. We love what we do and we hope that is reflected every day as we help patients through the recovery process after a heart event.”
Founded in 2007, the 12- to 18-week program teaches lifestyle changes, diet and stress management following a major heart event, such as bypass surgery, stent implantation, angioplasty and congestive heart failure. The long-range goal is to help cardiac patients learn to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle. The program is tailored to each individual, but performed in a group setting to provide social support.
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