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Texas Health Plano Unveils New Cardiac Rehab Program
02/18/2014

PLANO, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano is pleased to announce that it has expanded cardiovascular services to include a cardiac rehabilitation program. The physician-supervised program will help cardiac patients recover more quickly, provide education, increase physical fitness and strength, decrease risk of future heart problems and improve overall health and well-being.

Michelle Duron, R.N., Dr. Amir Choudhry, cardiologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Plano, and John Allison, exercise physiologist.
Michelle Duron, R.N. (left), Dr. Amir Choudhry, cardiologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Plano (center), and John Allison, exercise physiologist.
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“The goal of the new cardiac rehab program at Texas Health Plano is not just to help patients recover from a cardiac episode, but to also give them the tools to live a heart healthy lifestyle for the rest of their lives through education and exercise,” Amir Choudhry, M.D., a cardiologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Plano, and director of the new cardiac rehab program said. “With the techniques that we use, we are able to slow, or maybe even reverse the progression of heart disease.”

The cardiac rehab program at Texas Health Plano is for patients who have had a recent cardiac event, including heart attack, coronary artery disease, angina or heart failure, as well as heart surgery or procedures including angioplasty and stenting.

“With cardiovascular disease being the No. 1 killer of men and women in the U.S., we know that this is a very important service to offer our community,” Stephen Hadzima, M.D., chief medical officer of Texas Health Plano, said. “Cardiac rehabilitation is a proven method that improves patient outcomes, lowers the risk of future heart problems, and helps cardiac patients get back to living their normal life faster, and hopefully healthier.”

According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease claims the lives of one in three Americans each year, which is roughly one death per minute. Smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diet, lack of physical activity and heredity are some common factors that can lead to a higher risk of heart disease. To help determine your risk for heart disease, visit TexasHealth.org/Heart.

The facility is located inside medical office building 2, located at 6300 West Parker Road, Suite G21. Classes will be offered between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, with additional times to be added as needed. For more information about the program, please call 972-981-3114.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano is a 366-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, providing technologically advanced care to Plano and surrounding areas since 1991. The hospital’s services include orthopedics, cardiovascular services, oncology, pediatrics and women’s services. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Plano has more than 1,600 employees and 1,300 physicians on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Plano.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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