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2nd Edition of Cardiology World Conference

September 17-18, 2021 | Paris, France

September 17-18, 2021 | Paris, France

Wendy Bjerke

Speaker for Cardiology Conference 2021- Wendy Bjerke
Wendy Bjerke
Sacred Heart University, United States
Title : Updates, research, and approaches to cardiac rehabilitation and exercise guidelines for patients with cardiovascular conditions



Abstract:  An overview of the history, application, referral, and administration process associated with cardiac rehabilitation programs will be accompanied by research findings observed by the author, collaborative research partners, and contemporary best practice research of the physical, psychological, and environmental outcomes among heart patients within an exercise setting. Specifically, the physiological benefits, psychological enablers and barriers, and opportunities for policy and environmental changes promoting exercise and reducing cardiovascular disease risk will be examined. American Association of Cardiovascular Rehabilitation (AACVPR) recommendations and changes in exercise screening and risk stratification strategies published by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) will be reviewed and connected with resources (such as Exercise is Medicine/ACSM) for referring physicians and allied health providers in cardiology. These updates will be compared to international organization recommendations. Given that cardiovascular disease accounts for over 30% of worldwide deaths [1] within the context of approximately 80% of the American population [2] and 30% of the world-wide population not regularly exercising [3], how can we promote safe and enjoyable exercise behaviours among patients with cardiovascular disease conditions and/or risk factors? International population-based exercise promotion programs targeting individuals with cardiovascular disease will also be examined due to the importance of promoting exercise within and outside of medical care.



Dr. Bjerke has 25 years of combined experience in cardiac rehabilitation program creation, nation-wide consultation, research, higher education curriculum development, and teaching. Earned degrees include a BS & MS in Exercise Science from the University of California and Connecticut State University and a PhD in Epidemiology from Walden University. Post-doctoral fellowships include two Fellowships in Digital Learning Pedagogy from Sacred Heart University and the Science Ambassador Fellowship at the Centers of Disease Control. Wendy has served as a clinical professor at Sacred Heart University since 2000 and has authored over 40 publications/presentations related to cardiac rehabilitation, exercise among special populations, behavioral aspects of exercise, and built environment adaptations to promote exercise.