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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Cardiac Intensive Outpatient Program at Springwood
12/22/2008

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

Cardiovascular disease in the United States is projected to cost $448 billion in health care expenses and lost productivity this year alone. But the economic impact doesn’t stop there. A recent study published in the journal Circulation revealed that heart attack survivors and people hospitalized with heart problems are three times more likely than others to suffer from depression.

The American Heart Association recommends that heart patients be screened for depression, and it is crucial for cardiac patients who are depressed to seek treatment, because depression can worsen their symptoms and quality of life. Depression, fear and hopelessness affect 20 percent of heart patients, increasing their risk of dying threefold within six months.

The Springwood Center of Southwest Fort Worth now provides a program tailored specifically to cardiac patients, addressing symptoms such as social withdrawal, fear of death or heart attack, and recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.

The intensive program involves three hours a day, three days a week and is designed to help participants balance their treatment requirements with work, education and home-life schedules.

Patients may self-refer or be referred to the center by a physician, therapist, or an Employee Assistance Program counselor.

For more information, visit TexasHealth.org/Springwood or call the Help Line at 817-355-7771.

For Texas Health Resources and its faith based family of hospitals, Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist, and Texas Health Arlington Memorial, I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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