An office-based preventive cardiology practice
The purpose of this project was to design and implement the Cardiology Consultants Preventive Cardiology Practice for the community of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Literature was reviewed and interviews were conducted to determine the course of events for the establishment of this office based preventive cardiology practice, hereafter referred to as the "Practice". The logistics of the Practice include the following: objectives; program design; staffing and training; facilities and equipment; insurance and safety; promotion and public relations; and cost analysis. The Practice is a joint effort among a group of five cardiologists, two exercise physiologists, one registered dietitian, several cardiovascular nursing specialists and an office staff of medical personnel. Many individuals both physically active and sedentary are interested in knowing if they are at an increased risk for heart disease. This Practice was established to not only provide sound preventive care for the cardiac patient, but to also evaluate and guide the apparently healthy individual through a safe and effective wellness lifestyle. The cardiologists provide the Practice with the ultimate evaluation of heart function. The exercise physiologists provide exercise instruction, healthy role models as well as directing daily operations. The dietitian provides nutritional instruction and the nursing staff assists with many of the screenings and intervention classes.The preventive cardiology aspects of Cardiology Consultants were established in May of 1986 to compliment the clinical cardiology practice. This new Practice is responsible for providing the following: Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase II and beyond, a Community Adult Fitness/Wellness Program, Corporate Wellness Consultations, a Lipid Clinic, cardiovascular fitness evaluations and screenings, and related wellness intervention classes.School of Physical EducationThesis (M.A.