• Free "Emotions & Heart Disease" Class at Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital

Published on June 26, 2018

Free Class “Emotions & Heart Disease: Getting Back on Track After
Heart Attack or Surgery” Offered for First Time at Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital

The public is invited to attend the free class “Emotions & Heart Disease: Getting Back on Track After Heart Attack or Surgery” offered for the first time at Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital (SYVCH) on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, from Noon-1:00 p.m. The class will be held in the front conference room of the hospital located at 2050 Viborg Road in Solvang. Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation patients, family and friends are all welcome to learn tips on how to recognize the normal emotional reactions and common symptoms after a heart event, prevent and reduce depression and how to fight stress with healthy habits.

The “Emotions & Heart Disease” class leader is John Berberet, MA, MFT, Employee Assistance Program Manager with Cottage Health. Berberet has more than 30 years experience as a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist working with individuals and couples and is a clinical member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and a Certified Group Therapist.

Helping facilitate this new, free class is Marsha Griggs, RN-BC, CCRP, Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital’s cardiopulmonary rehabilitation coordinator. She has worked in the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department at Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital in Solvang since 1989 and personally experienced her own hereditary heart condition, was successfully treated and uses many of the techniques she teaches her patients.

Griggs remarked, “A heart event is an emotional experience, not just a physical one. Discover common symptoms that accompany these emotions and we’ll discuss ways to make healing easier. Please attend this class for you or for your loved one.”

Since 1988, the SYVCH cardiac rehabilitation department provides a medically supervised outpatient program to assist those who have had heart attacks, cardiac procedures, or other heart issues. SYVCH provides medical supervision, assessment and counseling by registered nurses and dietitians, EKG and blood pressure monitoring, and support with managing stress and healthy diets. The cardiac rehabilitation program requires a doctor’s referral. For more information, please call Marsha Griggs at 805-686-3990 or visit us online.

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