Santasana St. Moritz AG is now offering Europe’s highest-altitude range of programmes for outpatient cardiac rehabilitation and prevention. What has long since proved successful in the USA and other places is now available in St. Moritz, at 1856 metres above sea level – south of the Alps and with an average of 322 days of sunshine a year. Scientific studies show the positive effects of spending time at this altitude for the heart, circulation, performance and general health. For this reason, for over 50 years now, top athletes from all over the world have been coming to St. Moritz to benefit from altitude training.
St. Moritz’s curative tradition, dating back almost 3500 years, is based on the famous mineral springs in St. Moritz Bad (naturopaths such as Paracelsus lauded the miraculous healing properties of St. Moritz water). Santasana St. Moritz AG has revived this tradition and is working in close collaboration with regional service providers: a team of physicians, the Medizinisches Zentrum (MTZ) and Klinik Gut St. Moritz, as well as, in a first phase, with the hotels, Laudinella***, Reine Victoria**** and Grand Hotel Kempinski des Bains*****. Santasana St. Moritz AG works very closely with the University Hospital Zurich (UHZ). In charge of the medical and scientific aspects is PD Dr. med. Christian Schmied, chief physician at the University Heart Center Zurich. Dr. med. Donat Marugg, who for many years was senior consultant at the Upper Engadine Hospital (1987–2015), heads the regional team of physicians on location, which also includes Dr. med. Andi Grünenfelder, senior consultant in anaesthesia and sports medicine at the Klinik Gut St. Moritz. Responsible for the therapy programmes is Britta Ahlden, who has been in charge of physiotherapy at the MTZ Heilbad St. Moritz since 2002.
According to Shakespeare, «A merry heart lives long». So Santasana's personalized outpatient programmes for cardiac rehabilitation and prevention not only include internal cardiological investigations such as echocardiography, spiroergometry, lung function and long-term monitoring of heart rate and blood pressure, making use of existing medical-therapeutic facilities in the Engadine, but also highlight joie de vivre at the best hotels and parahotels, as well as sport and fitness offerings.