MDH Offers Heart Health Programs

As part of February being American Heart Month, MDH will offer a Heart Health program on Tuesday, February 25, free to the public. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Spoon River College Community Outreach Center, 2500 East Jackson Street in Macomb. A free heart-healthy dinner will be provided for those who RSVP to the program by February 21.

Featured speakers for the program are: Blessing Cardiologists Dr. Steven Krause and Dr. Jeffrey Cook, MDH Cardiopulmonary’s Peggy Jones, NP-C, and staff from the MDH Cardiac Rehabilitation department.


Blessing Health System is proud to provide west-central Illinois with convenient access to advanced heart care, and its team of specialists treat a wide range of heart and vascular conditions, including: arrhythmia, heart attack and strokes, heart failure, heart disease, and heart valve disease. 


Drs. Cook and Krause will highlight a new procedure performed at Blessing Health System – Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), a minimally invasive procedure in which the doctor positions a new heart valve via a catheter.


Dr. Krause will also detail a new procedure performed inside MDH, a Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE). This diagnostic test consists of a doctor inserting a tube into the mouth and esophagus and uses an ultrasound to get a more detailed view of heart valves and chambers. 


FITNESS PROGRAMS AVAILABLE: MDH Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation offers various fitness programs for people of all ages.


SilverSneakers, one of the nation’s leading fitness programs exclusively for seniors, help qualified seniors get fit using appropriate weight training, flexibility, and stress relief techniques with guidance from MDH staff.


Prime & Fit, part of SilverSneakers, offers a fitness program for those 65 and under.


Commit to Get Fit is a newer program in which Staff from Cardiac Rehabilitation and the Diabetes Education Center, along with Exercise Science Interns from Western Illinois University, developed the wellness program with the intent to increase the overall well-being and knowledge of exercise for participants with one or more challenging health conditions.


Sessions are offered two times per week where each participant receives their own personalized workout plan as they learn more about exercise health benefits and strategies related to their specific health condition(s) and personal goals. The class is open to all ages and fitness levels, with exercise physiologists modifying the workouts to each individual’s needs. Individuals can sign up for only $39 per month. Sessions are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. in the Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Department on the third floor of MDH.


For additional information on the fitness programs or inquire on signing up, call MDH Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation at (309) 836-1601.



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