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OhioHealth Launches Cardiac Rehab Program Just for Women

Dr. Anne Albers was interviewed for a story that aired on 10TV about a new women-only cardiac rehab pilot program at the McConnell Heart Health Center. 10TV used the story to promote national Wear Red Day.

The pilot was started because while heart disease is the number one killer of women, women are less likely than men to begin a cardiac rehab program after a heart attack, which has been proven to significantly lower their risk for a second heart event. Cardiac rehabilitation helps strengthen the heart after a problem or procedure. It involves a personalized exercise program under a special trainer, as well as classes on stress reduction and healthy eating. OhioHealth, with the help of Dr. Albers, will be launching a pilot program to find out why so many women forego this vital component of heart care. The pilot will alsois exploreing ways to encourage more women to attend and, in turn, lead longer, healthier lives.

Dr. Albers suspects that one reason why women do not seek cardiac rehab, is because they are too busy caring for others.

“They go back, they’re running the house, they may be working, they’re taking care of parents, they’re taking care of children,” explains Dr. Albers.

She hopes this pilot cardiac rehab program will help save more women, as people are 36% more likely to die from a heart ailment if they skip rehab. Dr. Albers says the goal of the program is to give women the options they need in order to be heart-healthy.

To view the full video story, visit OhioHealth’s YouTube channel.

You can also learn more about cardiac rehabilitation at OhioHealth.