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Circulation, the Journal of the American Heart Association, published an article in December 2009 reporting on a Duke University study of the “Relationship between Cardiac Rehabilitation and Long-Term Risks of Death and Myocardial Infarction among Elderly Medicare Beneficiaries.”

The study and resulting report supported what the staff of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs at Mercy St. Charles Hospital has long known to be true – that cardiac rehab can improve long-term patient outcomes.

Cardiac Rehab is designed to help patients who have undergone a cardiac event, including but not limited to a heart attack, stent or heart surgery, to regain cardiovascular strength and endurance for improved health and quality of life.

Samantha Christie, RN, BSN, senior clinical coordinator of the Heart Failure Clinic/Cardiac Rehab at St. Charles, said both the rehab staff and patients were excited to see the Duke report on evidence of the importance of cardiac rehab.

“There has been anecdotal information out there for years that says it helps,” she said. “But this is the first study that has put some numbers behind it. We witness firsthand every day in our program the difference that Cardiac Rehab can make.”

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With many people resolving to get fit in 2010, Consumer Reports Health put 48 machines to the test. After testing, CR has recommended 14 treadmills and ellipticals for a home workout, including five Best Buy choices that combine performance and value.

The report is part of “Get Fit In 2010,” a do-it-yourself Web guide at www.ConsumerReportsHealth.org. The Web site includes new ratings of bathroom scales, fitness tips for a variety of workout styles and low-cost ways to stay healthy in bad weather.

Top treadmills: If you like to run or walk:

Treadmills have long been the most popular home workout machines, commanding more than 50 percent of the market. They’re a great option if the workout of choice is running or walking. Consumer Reports Health tested 29 treadmills, analyzing such factors as ease of use, ergonomics, exercise range, quality and durability of construction, safety and more.

In the non-folding category, CR Health recommends four machines, including one Best Buy, the AFG 13.0 AT for $1,800. It’s the best value of the bunch and comes with a variety of exercise programs. Other options in this category include the top-rated Precor 9.31, a powerful well-built model that scored well across the board at a price of $3,300. Non-folding machines are usually more powerful with longer decks and tend to be higher priced.

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Hospital offers valet parking
Bay Park Community Hospital in Oregon will offer complimentary valet parking service to patients and visitors at the main entrance to the hospital beginning Monday, Jan. 11.

The valet service will be available Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Patients and visitors can access the professional office building and other areas of the hospital from the main entrance.

The hospital has partnered with Parking Solutions for Healthcare, which offers services at other ProMedica hospitals, to provide valet parking. For more information, visit www.promedica.org.


Health survey under way
Several hundred adults have been randomly selected to participate in an anonymous and confidential survey being conducted by Health Partners of Sandusky County.

The results of the survey will help local agencies identify key health problems and needs of county residents. The final health assessment report will be released in 2010. Past health assessments can be viewed at sanduskycohd.org, clicking on “Health Education,” then “Health Partners.”

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