Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of mortality for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States?1

High blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and smoking are key risk factors for heart disease. Several other medical conditions and lifestyle choices can also put people at a higher risk for heart disease, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Physical inactivity
  • Excessive alcohol use

According to the American Heart Association, healthcare costs have soared significantly as chronic diseases are highly prevalent, accounting for nearly 90% of all healthcare spending in the United States. This includes the cost of health care services, medicines, and lost productivity due to death.

However, a review of 128 studies involving nearly 100,000 people who’ve had a heart attack, angioplasty, or heart failure found that those who participated in cardiac health programs were far less likely to be hospitalized and had a much better quality of life than those who did not.

What is the Cardiac Health Program?

The Vivify Health Cardiac Health Program is essential for anyone recovering from a heart attack, heart failure, or other heart problems requiring surgery or medical care. This program is designed to help patients take care of their heart health and improve their overall lifestyle. The goal is to provide an engaging educational experience to lower the risk of a cardiac episode.

Key Benefits of the Cardiac Health Program

As per the reports, participation in a cardiac rehab program can reduce the risks of mortality and decrease hospital readmissions.

  • Individuals who attend 36 sessions have a 47% lower risk of death and a 31% lower risk of heart attack than those who attend only 1 session.
  • Health systems save $4,950 to $9,200 per person per year of life saved.
  • Cardiac rehab participation also reduces hospital readmissions

How Remote Patient Monitoring and Telehealth are critical to the Cardiac Health Program?

Cardiologists across the US worked relentlessly to introduce virtual cardiac health programs as a path to broaden access and boost health equity long before COVID-19 surfaced. The pandemic catalyzed as it provides a fresh digital approach to Cardiac Health Program that puts control in patients’ hands leading to a higher compliance and satisfaction rate while reducing excessive trips to the doctor’s office. There are many other benefits of including RPM and telehealth –

  • Decrease unplanned ER visits and hospital admissions
  • Medication adherence
  • Improve clinical care and patient retention
  • Reduce the administrative burden
  • Improve ROI

With a Remote Cardiac Health Program, the patient is presented with a daily check-in pathway to assess their symptoms and provide information to improve their quality of life. Daily check-ins and monitoring for blood pressure, heart rate, weight, and pedometer readings improve outcomes with connected monitoring.

Additionally, CMS has added 11 services to Medicare’s telehealth reimbursement list for the duration of the pandemic and released new resources for state Medicaid and CHIP programs looking to expand their connected health offerings.

CMS is taking action to increase telehealth adoption across the country,” CMS Administrator Seema Verma said in a press release. “Medicaid patients should not be forgotten. This revolutionary method of improving access to care is transforming healthcare delivery in America.”

With extensive experience managing the top and most costly chronic conditions such as Congestive Heart Failure, Vivify Health’s Cardiac Health Program commits to helping patients take care of their heart health while lowering their risk of a cardiac episode. We understand the importance of education, healthy eating, and smoking cessation in promoting heart-healthy habits and increasing patient engagement. Our team of clinicians will work closely with you and your care team, regardless of where they are located, to develop a customized program tailored to your specific needs.

Learn more about the features and benefits of the Cardiac Health Program that can help working to systematically improve the cardiovascular health of the population and communities you serve.

References – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Underlying Cause of Death, 1999–2018. CDC WONDER Online Database. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2018. Accessed March 12, 2020.

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