Pritikin (Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation)

It’s Time to Improve Your Strength and Quality of Life with Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehab (ICR)

South Denver Cardiology Associates is the first Cardiac Rehab site to offer the Pritikin ICR™ program in Colorado. Having a heart event can be a challenging and emotional experience. As you begin your recovery, South Denver Cardiology and Pritikin are ready to help you. Learn more about Pritikin ICR here.

South Denver Cardiology will provide the support and education you need as you commit to a new, healthier lifestyle. Your cardiac rehab team will consist of experts in the fields of exercise, medicine, nutrition, and mental health.  Together, they will monitor your progress and help you achieve your health and wellness goals. The traditional Cardiac Rehab at South Denver Cardiology was founded in 1977 and is synonymous with total cardiac wellness and is proud to be recognized by the national accrediting body in cardiac rehab, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Adding the Pritikin program takes Cardiac Rehab to the next level of excellence in health care and wellness.

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.

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

About Pritikin Programs

The Pritikin Program emphasizes exercise, a healthy mindset, and an eating plan focused on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, lean meat, nonfat dairy, and protein-rich plant foods like legumes, or beans. Today, the Pritikin Program is taught at the Pritikin Longevity Center, a health and wellness resort in Miami, Florida, and in hospitals or clinics providing outpatient programs licensed in a number states throughout the country.

Through the Pritikin Program at South Denver Cardiology, you’ll experience:

Plus Healthy Cooking Classes, Nutrition Workshops, and Healthy Mindset Workshops

The Program

The Pritikin Program is a Comprehensive Approach Based on 3 Key Pillars:

  • Regular Exercise: Improve Cardiovascular Endurance, Increase Strength, Improve Flexibility, Enhance Overall Health
  • Healthy Eating Plan: Enjoy Affordable and Satisfying Meals, Successfully Manage Weight, Learn Label Reading Guidelines Simplify Cooking and Dining Out
  • Healthy Mind-Set: Control Stress, Manage Moods and Relationships, Set Effective Goals, Stop Smoking.

All Pritikin Programs are covered by Medicare for qualifying individuals.
Which patients qualify for CMS reimbursement of ICR?
If you have experienced one or more of the following events, and have not yet
begun Medicare-reimbursed CR after their most recent event, you qualify for Pritikin ICR.
*Acute myocardial infarction (within the preceding 12 months)
*Coronary artery bypass surgery
*Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty or stenting procedure
*Current stable angina pectoris
*Systolic Heart Failure
*Heart or heart-lung transplant
*Heart valve repair or replacement
ICR is also approved for reimbursement by many commercial insurance companies.

As you begin your recovery, what’s your reason for living a longer, healthier life?  Travel, grandchildren, reduced medical costs?  No matter the reason, South Denver Cardiology, and Pritikin are ready to help you.  For more information, contact our cardiac rehab staff at 303-715-2260