Regional cardiologist to provide services in Kremmling
July 6, 2008
Dr. William Baker sees need for an increased presence of cardiology in Grand County. Based in Steamboat, he predicts his outreach to both Kremmling and in Craig will keep him busy diagnosing problems and determining appropriate courses of action for optimum heart health.
Dr. Baker, board certified in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine, is able to conduct stress testing, echocardiographs (pictures of the heart), and treadmill testing at Kremmling Memorial Hospital. Dr. Baker will see patients at the specialty clinic at Kremmling Memorial Hospital on every fourth Wednesday starting July 23rd.
Appointments can be made by calling the specialty clinic at 724-3115.
Dr. Baker, a proponent for cardio rehabilitation, believes there is ample evidence that supports its advantages. Cardio rehabilitation is for people recovering from heart illness who want to get back to doing the activities they used to enjoy. Some may want to get to the point where they can exercise safely while others may want to build confidence slowly with a custom-designed program.
This is where the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program, also referred to as The Healthy Heart Center, comes in. The Healthy Heart Center at Kremmling Memorial Hospital features a cardiac rehab program for people who have heart conditions resulting from heart attack, cardiac surgery, angioplasty, congestive heart failure and other conditions affecting the heart.
In a positive atmosphere that’s bright, friendly and caring, patients are brought to an increased level of wellness through a personal program that is medically supervised. It includes two major parts: exercise training and education.
– The exercise training helps the patient learn how to exercise safely, strengthen muscles and improve stamina. The exercise plan is based on individual ability, needs and interests.
“It’s not always, ‘no pain, no gain’ but I’m glad I was able to develop my strength with the same people working with me week after week,” said one patient undergoing cardio rehabilitation.
Dr. Baker reminds that heart disease is still the leading cause of death in America and that it is largely preventable.
“It’s important for everyone to have a risk factor assessment,” he said.
This assessment consists of blood pressure checks, cholesterol checks, screening for diabetes and discussions about family history.
“The trick is to identify issues before it turns into heart disease.”
Dr. Baker, a fellow American College of Cardiology, works with each patient on an individual basis, often discussing the mainstay of heart health; proper diet and exercise. He has a reputation of being “down to earth” and “personable” ” important qualities in a physician.
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