Tahoe Forest Health System (TFHS) has expanded its “Heart to Heart” cardiac rehabilitation service with the addition of a new Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation (ICR) program. Tahoe Forest Health System is the first Pritikin ICR location in California.
Pritikin ICR is a Medicare-approved, comprehensive lifestyle change program that teaches patients how to maximize recovery from a cardiovascular disease-related event including heart attack, coronary bypass surgery, congestive heart failure, angioplasty, stable angina, heart valve repair/replacement or heart/lung transplants.
The Pritikin ICR program has been taught at the Pritikin Longevity Center, a health and wellness facility in Miami, Florida for four decades. It is licensed in nearly 50 hospital facilities nationwide and rapidly growing.
“We are very pleased to partner with the Pritikin ICR program to benefit our local community” said Harry Weis, Chief Executive Officer, Tahoe Forest Health System. “Pritikin ICR teaches patients practical skills for achieving a healthy lifestyle long after they have graduated from the program, and we’re proud to be the first location in California to offer this valuable service” he added.
Facilities that offer the Pritikin ICR program enjoy significantly greater benefits over regular cardiac rehabilitation. In addition to a focus on heart-healthy exercise, Pritikin ICR teaches patients about nutrition, healthy eating, lifestyle and a healthy mindset. The objective of the Pritikin ICR program is to educate patients and provide them with tools needed to be successful upon completion, such as cooking classes, label reading guidelines, stress management techniques and exercise training.
The Pritikin ICR program offers the opportunity to have improved health outcomes and reduced readmission after a cardiac event. The Pritikin ICR program consists of 72 sessions, providing patients with substantially more education in healthy living than they receive in ordinary cardiac rehab, which is typically 36 sessions primarily focused on exercise. The Pritikin ICR program incorporates 36 exercise sessions with an additional 36 sessions of education.
For more information about wellness programs at Tahoe Forest Health System, go to www.tfhd.com.