What is Cardiac Rehab?
Cardiac Rehabilitation is a cardiovascular risk reduction program of exercise and education. Your doctor will likely recommend joining a cardiac rehab program to help you return to better health after you’ve had a heart attack or medical procedure. The goals of cardiac rehabilitation include improving muscular and cardiovascular endurance as well as receiving education regarding reducing the risk of developing future heart problems.
To be eligible for Cardiac Rehab a physician will refer you to the program which is a comprehensive service provided to individuals with Cardiovascular Disease. The primary goal of Cardiac Rehabilitation is to enable the participant to achieve his/her optimal physical, psychological, and social functioning through exercise training and lifestyle change.
Cardiac Rehabilitation is a service that includes:
• Prescribed exercise to improve cardiovascular fitness without exceeding safe limits.
• Monitoring of blood pressure, heart rate/rhythm, and physical responses during exercise.
• Communication between staff and your Doctors related to your progress.
• Education about heart disease along with counseling on ways to stabilize or reverse heart disease by improving risk factors.
• Reduction/Cessation of Smoking
• Lowering Cholesterol
• Controlling High Blood Pressure
• Weight Loss/Control
• Improve/Manage Diabetes
• Increasing Physical Activity
• Encourage Healthy Eating Habits
• Improve Psychological Well Being
Those who benefit from Cardiac Rehabilitation include those with a history of:
• Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
• Coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG)
• Current stable angina pectoris
• Heart valve repair or replacement
• Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA)/ or coronary stenting
• Heart or heart-lung transplant
• Heart Failure and those with ventricular assist devices
• Coronary artery disease equivalents such as diabetes or peripheral artery disease