Regency Cardiac Rehab is now offering the nationally recognized Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehab (ICR) Program to treat patients with cardiovascular disease. Regency is the first facility in the DFW area to offer this comprehensive lifestyle program.
The Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehab (ICR) program is based on the Pritikin lifestyle program, which focuses on the role of healthy eating, regular exercise and a healthy mind-set. The Medicare-approved evidence-based rehab program helps reduce risk factors for those who have experienced a serious heart event by implementing lifestyle changes that promote long-term health and well-being. Numerous studies have documented the program’s ability to lower blood cholesterol levels, improve blood pressure and blood sugar, control weight and help reduce other lifestyle-related risk factors.
Patients, who have suffered from one of six qualifying cardiovascular events; heart attack, angioplasty and stents, bypass or valve surgery, angina/chest pain, or cardiac transplant, can enroll in the program. Patients can begin the program immediately following a heart event and the program is easily adapted to be completed in 12 to 18 weeks, depending on the patient’s availability. The 72-session intensive cardiac rehab enhances conventional 36-session cardiac rehab, enabling a more comprehensive series of exercise, nutrition and stress management sessions for improved outcomes.
The program‘s Medical Director, board-certified, interventional cardiologist Alan M. Taylor, II, M.D., states that about 80 percent of cardiology conditions are lifestyle-related. "Cardiac rehab programs are designed to address these underlying lifestyle components, such as nutrition and exercise, and can reduce the risk of dying or having another heart attack by as much as 30 to 50 percent, according to the American College of Cardiology.”
The program is now accepting patients. For more information, please call Regency Cardiac Rehab at 817-345-6225.