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Release: Oct. 16, 2001

UI CHAMPS Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program receives certification

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa CHAMPS (Cardiovascular Health, Assessment, Management and Prevention Services) Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program recently received certification from the national association that governs such programs.

The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) certification recognizes those programs rigorously reviewed by a national board and found to meet the requirements for standards of care.

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 patient’s condition; and enhance the patient’s quality of life.

Iowa CHAMPS began in 1990 and currently treats more than 1,000 patients annually in its 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 visit online at

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. CHAMPS Program Director Patricia Lounsbury has served on the AACVPR Board of Directors for the past two years.

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