Carroll County General Hospital will display information about its cardiac rehabilitation program at Cranberry Mall on Route 140 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 in recognition of Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, Feb. 11-15.

The CCGH cardiac rehabilitation program is regular, supervised and individually prescribed physical activity for those with coronary artery disease. Those who have participated in the program have discovered the health benefits of an exercise and education program specially formulated for each individual.

Individualized heart rate and blood pressure monitoring, a physician-prescribed exercise program, and education in diet, nutrition, and stress make this program unique among other exercise programs available in the area.

Activities are varied and may include floor exercises and the use of special equipment such as stationary bikes, rowing and ski machines, weights and arm ergometers, and a treadmill.

"It isa tailored program for a specifically targeted group -- those with coronary artery disease," said registered nurse Kay Nakielny, cardiac rehabilitation coordinator. "Throughout each exercise session each person's heart rate is continuously monitored with electrocardiograph equipment and his or her blood pressure is recorded periodically as well.

"This monitoring and recording is important for evaluation of the individual's program and it provides the exerciser with a sense of comfort and security regarding his or her activity."

Anyone interested in finding out more about the program may visit with Nakielny, Jane Hoffman and Pat Smith at Cranberry Mall or call CCGH from 8 a.m. to noon and 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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