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During Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, Feb. 10-16, we celebrate the role cardiac rehabilitation plays in reducing the effects of heart disease and express our gratitude to the dedicated team members of Hillcrest Claremore and Oklahoma Heart Institute who make it possible.

We spoke with program director Angela Messimore, RN, about cardiac rehabilitation including what it is and what patients can expect.

What is Cardiac Rehab?

When thinking about the health issues related to obesity, oftentimes ‘heart disease’ and ‘diabetes’ are top of mind.

However, one in three Americans with obesity has also been diagnosed with arthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Along with fireside cups of cocoa and the beauty of occasional snowfall, winter in Oklahoma also leads to weather-related injuries.

“The phone rings off the hook the day after an ice storm!” says Mary Ferraro, APRN-CNP, with Utica Park Clinic Orthopedics in Claremore. “Slips and falls can lead to broken ankles, wrists, elbows, shoulders and other injuries. For those who are osteoporotic, meaning they have weakened or brittle bones, the risk goes up exponentially.”

Add in a rambunctious dog at the end of a leash, and it becomes a recipe for disaster.

Each year about 1 million people in the United States seek hospital care for pneumonia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Pneumonia can range in seriousness from mild to life threatening. It is most serious for infants and young children, people older than age 65, and people with health problems or weakened immune systems.

“Along with Utica Park Clinic, we are grateful to bring the services of orthopedic surgeon Dr. Brian Ogg to Claremore and the surrounding communities,” says hospital CEO David Chaussard.

Approximately one in five American adults experiences mental illness in a given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Unfortunately, the stigma around mental health issues continues and leads many to avoid treatment.

As we navigate life, many of us are focused on making better health choices. Whether you are aiming to eat healthier, trying a new workout routine, or a mixture of both, living a healthier lifestyle will provide short and long-term results.

Just in time to give us an extra boost on those New Year resolutions, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day has arrived to kick us into gear.


Cardiac Rehabilitation Week is February 11-17. During this week, we acknowledge the contributions of the nurses in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center at Hillcrest Hospital Claremore who work with patients to help reduce the effects of heart disease. To celebrate, we spoke with cardiac rehabilitation nurse Angela Messimore, RN, who shared some insight into the program and the benefits patients can experience.