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Release: Aug. 13, 2002
CHAMPS specialist selected as fellow of cardiac rehabilitation association
Erik Samuelson, a University of Iowa Health Care exercise physiologist and
certified strength and conditioning specialist with UI CHAMPS (Cardiovascular
Health, Assessment, Management, and Prevention Services) Cardiovascular Rehabilitation
Program recently learned of his selection as a fellow of the national association
that governs such programs.
The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
(AACVPR) will honor Samuelson for his outstanding contributions in caring
for people with cardiovascular and pulmonary disease. His induction will take
place Sept. 26 at the annual meeting of the AACVPR in Charlotte, N.C.
Two of the three other AACVPR fellows in Iowa also work at UI Hospitals
and Clinics. They are Jane Knipper, director of pulmonary rehabilitation,
and Patricia Lounsbury, program director of CHAMPS.
Cardiac rehabilitation programs are designed to limit the physiological
and psychological effects of cardiac illness; reduce the risk for sudden death
or relapse; control cardiac symptoms; stabilize and/or improve the patients
condition; and enhance the patients quality of life.
Iowa CHAMPS began in 1990 and currently treats more than 1,000 patients
annually in inpatient and outpatient services from its location in UI Hospitals
and Clinics. Its Prevention Program is open to anyone interested in reducing
the risk for heart disease. For more information, call (319) 356-4652 or log
on to http://www.uihealthcare.com/depts/champs/index.html.
The AACVPR is a national, multi-disciplinary association dedicated to the
improvement of clinical practice, promotion of scientific inquiry and advancement
of education for the benefit of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation
professionals and the patients they serve.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI
Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research
programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.