Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programs of exercise and lifestyle education are known to improve quality of life and reduce hospital admissions following a cardiac event. Yet, CR is underutilized at health systems throughout the U.S.
A team from the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine has set out to increase participation in CR at UC Davis Health. They evaluated referral barriers among physicians and nurses, then developed a workflow that streamlines that process.
Their work was presented by medical student Xuan-Khoi Dang at a poster competition at the regional American College of Physicians (ACP) scientific meeting in San Jose in October. The poster won first place.
“Setting goals for improvement is important, but just as important is identifying a specific path to achieving those goals,” said cardiologist Javier Lopez. He is medical director of cardiac rehabilitation at UC Davis Health and coach of the poster team.
“This team has done an excellent job and received well-deserved recognition for outlining an approach and process for change that we know will help UC Davis and cardiac teams nationwide reduce heart attacks and stroke,” Lopez said.
Dang and medical resident Lue Lao are now refining the poster and preparing to present their work again at the ACP national meeting to be held April 23-25 in Los Angeles.
“I expect we will win there as well,” Lopez said.
In addition to Dang, Lao and Lopez, the CR poster team includes Eddie Eabisa, Armon Hosseini, Francis Sitorus, Duncan Warren, Dana Carrington and Radhika Bukkapatnam.
Million Hearts 2022 from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Cardiac rehabilitation and other clinical services at UC Davis Division of Cardiovascular Medicine