With the ongoing expansion of cardiovascular services at the Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) in Manhasset, including the launch of Long Island’s first and only heart transplant program, Northwell Health has opened a state-of-the-art cardiac rehabilitation center.
Located at 1010 Northern Boulevard in Great Neck, the $500,000, 1,700-square-foot cardiac rehab center is equipped with the latest treadmills, recumbent bicycles, upper-body ergometers, free weights, a stretching area as well as an exam room and patient changing room. The program is led by Benjamin Hirsh, MD, director of preventive cardiology at the Heart Hospital. The clinical team includes a nurse practitioner, an exercise physiologist and a registered dietician.
“The cardiac rehab center provides a vital service to our heart patients in the community after they leave the hospital,” said Barry Kaplan, MD, the Heart Hospital’s co-director, chair of cardiology at NSUH and Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center, and senior vice president and executive director of Northwell’s cardiology service line. “Our team of experts provide customized exercise programs for our cardiac patients to get stronger and help them gain the confidence they need to get back to everyday living while focusing on a heart healthy lifestyle.”
The cardiac rehab center is located next to a Northwell cardiology office with 11 physicians and a cardiac diagnostic suite, which offers nuclear stress test, vascular stress test, stress echo and other diagnostics. The facility is close to both NSUH and LIJ Medical Center in New Hyde Park.
“Cardiac rehabilitation improves vascular function, contributes to the heart’s remodeling process and reduces inflammation,” Dr. Hirsh said. “This translates to durable improvements in quality of life and survival for these patients.”
Prior to beginning an exercise program, patients are evaluated to establish baseline levels of fitness. Individualized plans are developed for each patient, taking into account long-term goals or any limitations. The program includes 24 to 36 sessions, usually two to three times a week. The center expects to treat about 40 patients per day.
Cardiac rehabilitation is designed for patients who have undergone coronary artery stenting, open-heart surgery, or received a diagnosis of myocardial infarctions, stable angina, congestive heart failure, peripheral arterial disease among other conditions. To ensure safety, patients wear a heart monitor remotely connected to a computer at the front desk so their heart rate and blood pressure are continuously checked by clinicians during exercise sessions.
“Patients often fear that early activity and exercise after a heart attack may be detrimental. Actually, it is a vital component of recovery that provides substantial benefits,” said Dr. Hirsh.
The Cardiac Rehab Center at Great Neck is open weekdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 516-321-7460.
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