Cardiac Rehabilitation is a program to help heart patients recover quickly.
Referred by their physician, patients are supervised by a registered nurse as they work toward the goal of reducing the risk of another cardiac episode or keeping an existing heart condition from worsening.
Services provided through Cardiac Rehabilitation include supervised exercise programs, assistance in reducing risk factors, and general guidance to help the patient return to a full and normal life. Most of all, Cardiac Rehab offers patients a support system they can rely upon as they work to improve their heart condition.
Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation:
© Live longer and lessen your chances for another heart attack
© Control heart disease symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath
© Stop or reverse damage to your blood vessels in your heart
© Lessen the physical and emotional effects of heart disease
© Improve your stamina and strength, getting you back to your usual activities, including work, hobbies, and regular exercise
© Improve your confidence and well-being
What is Cardiac Rehabilitation?
- An individualized and personalized treatment plan, including evaluation and instruction on physical activity, nutrition, stress management, and other health related areas
- An important part of the treatment of your specific heart problem.
- If you have one of the following diagnoses you may be eligible to participate:
- Heart Attack
- Coronarty Artery Angioplasty or Stents
- Open Heart Surgery Such as Coronary Bypass or Valve Surgery
- Heart Failure
- Heart Transplantation
- Generally covered by most health insurance companies, however, check your specific plan to determine copays or other requirements.
Recent scientific studies have shown that people who complete a cardiac rehabilitation program can increase their life expectancy by up to five years.
Cardiac Rehabilitation Offers:
- Assessment of your personal risk factors for heart and blood vessel disease
- Education and support to make healthy lifestyle changes such as:
- Maintaining a Healthy Weight
- Heart Healthy Eating
- Avoiding Tabacco and Environmental Smoke
- Beginning and maintaining a personalized exercise plan that works for you
- Monitoring and better control of:
- Blood Pressure
- Psychological/stress assessment and counseling
- Opportunity to meet and share stories with other heart patients
- Improved communication with your healthcare team about your progress following your cardiac event.