BRITT | Katie Schleusner, BSN, RN, CCRP, of Hancock County Health System Cardiopulmonary Department, recently earned her certification as a cardiac rehabilitation professional ensuring patients that she has the most advanced skills and knowledge to deliver care.

"We are proud to welcome (Katie) to a very select group of nationally certified professionals," said Anne Gavic, Chair of the AACVPR Professional Certification Commission.

The certification is awarded by the AACVPR (American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation) and earned after a thorough examination.

About HCHS Cardiac Rehab

HCHS Cardiac Rehab program is a medically supervised program designed to help improve cardiovascular health for those who have experienced heart attack, heart failure, angioplasty or heart surgery. HCHS cardiac rehab is comprised of three components:

• Exercise counseling and training: Exercise gets your heart pumping and your entire cardiovascular system working. You’ll learn how to get your body moving in ways that promote heart health.

• Education for heart-healthy living: Education about heart-healthy living is a key element of cardiac rehab. Managing your risk factors, choosing good nutrition, and quitting smoking.

• Counseling to reduce stress: This part of rehab helps you identify and tackle everyday sources of stress.

At HCHS, cardiac rehab is a team effort. HCHS professionals partner with patients and their family and friends so patients can take charge of the choices, lifestyle and habits that affect their heart health.

For more information about HCHS Cardiac Rehab services call, 641-843-5500.