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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 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 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

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.

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