UnityPoint Health® Announces Pritikin ICR Program for Heart Disease

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UnityPoint Health® Announces First Intensive Cardiac Rehab Program in Quad Cities

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UnityPoint Health® in the Quad Cities has expanded its heart care capabilities through the addition of the Pritikin ICRTM (Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation) program. UnityPoint Health, the region’s leader in heart and vascular care, will offer the ICR program, through the Trinity Heart Center located at the Trinity Rock Island campus. UnityPoint Health is the first Pritikin ICR program in the Quad Cities region and only one of two programs offered in Illinois.  

Pritikin ICR is based on the Pritikin Program which has been taught to more than 100,000 individuals for over 40 years at the Pritikin Longevity Center. More than 100 peer-reviewed, published studies, performed by UCLA medical researchers, have established the program’s remarkable results.

“Heart health and education are our top priorities at Pritikin ICR,” said Bob Franceschelli, President of St. Louis-based Pritikin ICR. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to expand the Pritikin program throughout the nation and work with UnityPoint Health to teach patients important skills from the three pillars the program is based on: healthy eating, healthy mindset and effective exercise. With these skills we help patients learn how to foster an overall healthy lifestyle that leads to a healthy heart.”

UnityPoint Health takes a proactive approach to ensure patients in eastern Iowa and western Illinois have the best care available for the prevention and treatment of heart disease. Pritikin ICR allows for a more comprehensive and robust treatment plan and is a critical part of patient care following a cardiac event. Referral-based patients who enter the program will address necessary lifestyle changes that contribute to many chronic conditions (including heart disease).

Patients can attend 72 Pritikin ICR sessions, providing them with more resources and education to carry out a healthy lifestyle than they receive in traditional Cardiac Rehab (CR), which is typically 36 sessions primarily focused on exercise.

“With the support and expertise of Pritikin ICR, UnityPoint Health will continue to excel as the region’s heart care leader – becoming the premier ICR program in the region and one of the nation’s most successful ICR programs,” said Dan Saskowski, UnityPoint Health Cardiac Rehab Manager. “Through this partnership, we are taking an innovative approach toward the prevention and treatment of heart disease and are thrilled to offer this program to our community.”

According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S., on average 1 in every 4 deaths each year is associated with heart disease, including coronary heart disease, heart attack, congestive heart failure, and congenital heart disease. To combat cardiovascular issues, medical procedures and medications prescribed by physicians must be coupled with a heart-healthy lifestyle. The Pritikin ICR program teaches patients how to sustain a heart-healthy eating plan, regular exercise, and the kind of mindset that fosters healthy behaviors.

More information is available at www.pritikinicr.com