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Drew Baldwin, MD
Drew Baldwin, MD

SEATTLE – (Jan. 14, 2020) — The Virginia Mason Heart Institute has upgraded its renowned cardiac rehabilitation program with a new service — intensive cardiac rehabilitation — that improves heart health with medically supervised exercise, hands-on nutrition workshops and promotion of a positive mental attitude.

The Pritikin intensive cardiac rehab program, which is an addition to Virginia Mason’s standard cardiac rehab services, consists of 72 sessions completed over 12 to 18 weeks. The curriculum is tailored for individual patient needs and supports various learning styles. Goals include improving stamina, decreasing body fat, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, enhancing endurance and strength, and improving blood sugar control.

“Our physicians, nurses, registered dietitians and exercise specialists are dedicated to helping patients recover from heart disease and improve their quality of life,” said Drew Baldwin, MD, cardiologist and medical director for intensive cardiac rehabilitation.

Clinicians can refer patients who have had a heart attack, a coronary artery stent or heart surgery. More information is available by contacting the Virginia Mason Heart Institute, (206) 625-7256, or online.

Virginia Mason was named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for cardiac care for three consecutive years (2017-2019) by Healthgrades, a leading online consumer resource for information about hospitals and physicians.

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Individuals should talk with their doctors about how to reduce the risk for heart disease with lifestyle changes and medical therapy.

About Virginia Mason Health System
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system based in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. In the Puget Sound region, the system includes 336-bed Virginia Mason Hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 500 physicians; outpatient medical facilities and services in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Edmonds, Federal Way, Kirkland, Issaquah and Lynnwood; Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the United States designed specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS; Benaroya Research Institute, which is internationally recognized for autoimmune disease research; Virginia Mason Foundation; and Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management method for improving quality and safety.

Virginia Mason Health System also includes Virginia Mason Memorial, a 226-bed hospital serving Yakima Valley in central Washington since 1950. Virginia Mason Memorial includes primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care; cancer care through North Star Lodge; breast health at `Ohana Mammography Center; acute hospice and respite care at Cottage in the Meadow; pain management at Water’s Edge; an advanced NICU unit that offers specialty care for at-risk infants; advanced services for children with special health care needs at Children’s Village; and The Memorial Foundation.

Media Contact:
Gale Robinette
Media Relations Manager
Virginia Mason Health System
(206) 341-1509

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