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First Town Mended Hearts Donates Five Cardiac Monitors to Beebe's Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Joe Venerus, President of First Town Mended Hearts Chapter 344, presents a heart monitor to Seth Kuchar, MS, CES, the exercise physiologist who works with the patients at Beebe Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehab program.

First Town Mended Hearts Chapter 344, based in Lewes, has donated five personal monitors to the Beebe Medical Center Cardiac Rehabilitation program to be used for those patients who have graduated the program and who are now attend the Phase III maintenance program.

The Phase III maintenance program is similar to a gym membership. To be eligible, members must be graduates of Beebe Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehab Phase II program. They pay a monthly fee to exercise in the gym under the supervision of nurses and exercise physiologists.

Patients exercising in the Cardiac Rehab program have their heart rates and vital signs continually monitored by the program nurses. Once they graduate, they are no longer connected to the monitoring equipment. The graduates, however, still want to know what their heart rates are when they are exercising so that they can make sure they are at a healthy rate.

Mended Hearts is a support group for patients who have experienced a cardiac event. Many of the local members volunteer at Beebe Medical Center and give support to cardiac patients in the hospital and those who are working out in Cardiac Rehab.

“Mended Hearts members are wonderful,” says Debbie Pfaffenhauser, RN, MSN, APN, the Cardiac Rehab Department’s Lead Registered Nurse. “They are very supportive of our patients and help them get back on their feet again. They are advocates of exercise and healthy lifestyles, and show that someone can have a full life, even after having a serious cardiac event.”

The Cardiac Rehabilitation program was established in 1982. Each patient has been diagnosed with a cardiovascular event or illness. The program is designed to limit the effects of cardiac illness, reduce the risk for sudden death or relapse, control cardiac symptoms, and stabilize, or even improve, the patient’s condition, enhancing the patient’s quality of life.

The program is certified through the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).

Pictured here: Joe Venerus, President of First Town Mended Hearts Chapter 344, presents a heart monitor to Seth Kuchar, MS, CES, the exercise physiologist who works with the patients at Beebe Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehab program.

Beebe Medical Center is a not-for-profit community medical center with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health with the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. For more information, please visit us online at www.beebemed.org