Prevention and Wellness at the Heart & Vascular Institute
Prevention and Wellness
At Stamford Hospital, our Heart Health program is based on the principles of preventive cardiology – the idea that it is preferable to prevent heart disease than cure it. Our commitment to the community includes regular programs focused on health and wellness. We educate people about cardiovascular disease prevention, screening and treatment, and work to ensure that everyone, regardless of resources, has the opportunity to achieve optimal health.
Each month, Stamford Hospital's Heart & Vascular Institute sponsors a variety of health and wellness programs for the purpose of education on healthy living and prevention of cardiovascular disease. We conduct smoking-cessation programs, coordinate support groups and hold educational events for people with heart disease. Our goal is to encourage residents of our area to take control of their health and also to introduce the community to the expert physicians on our staff.
We also sponsor events, screenings, and health education opportunities in the community at large, as well as in Darien, New Canaan and Wilton. We conduct the Hands for Life initiative, a drive to train community residents in bystander (compression-only) CPR. Approximately 2,000 people have been trained since the program began. The Heart & Vascular Institute was also highlighted at the Stamford Hospital-sponsored 2011 Fairfield Women’s Expo, and held more than 1,500 screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and pulmonary function, as well as assessments of cardiac and stroke risk.
Health & Fitness Institute
Stamford Hospital's Health & Fitness Institute (HFI) is an innovative wellness facility, offering medically supervised fitness and lifestyle change. Our focus is on reducing health risks, symptoms and effects of disease. We offer a wide variety of classes and supervised workouts. The use of HFI's state-of-the-art exercise equipment, 25-yard lap pool, warm water therapeutic pool and Jacuzzi can help achieve weight loss and fitness goals that will not only bring about positive changes in appearance, but also -- and in our view most importantly -- in health and well-being.
Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
Exercise is among the most powerful tools a patient can use for lifestyle change. Numerous studies have demonstrated that exercise is exceptionally beneficial for men and women with heart disease. At Stamford Hospital, our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program features telemetry monitoring for phase 2 cardiac patients, along with a supervised wellness or maintenance program for those who don't require close monitoring.
Our Doctor Dean Ornish Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation program was the first of its kind in the state of Connecticut, and the first in both Connecticut and New York to be certified by Medicare. This mind-body program of exercise, nutritional changes and stress management is medically proven to not only halt the progress of heart disease, but actually reverse its effects to some degree. The program also helps reduce future cardiac events for patients with cardiovascular disease.