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The Importance of Cardiac Rehab

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If you’re recovering from a heart attack, heart disease or recent surgery, cardiac rehabilitation may be your next step in the right direction. Cardiac rehab is an outpatient program that’s customized to fit your needs through a combination of exercise and education.

What’s Involved in Cardiac Rehab?

We’re committed to a recovery plan that strengthens your heart and changes your life. Our skilled specialists provide ongoing support through heart disease education, customized exercise plans and one-on-one and group counseling.

When you begin cardiac rehab, we’ll help you establish a plan that’s tailored to your lifestyle. We’ll help you regain strength, provide preventive care, reduce your risk of heart health issues in the future and improve your overall quality of life.

First, you’ll begin with a medical evaluation to check your physical abilities, limitations and medical conditions. Here, we’ll ensure each step is safe and effective for you. With a combination of low-impact exercise, such as walking, rowing or light jogging, your health care team will teach you techniques to improve your physical health.

You’ll also receive lifestyle education and support, such as teaching you how to follow a heart-healthy diet and supporting you to successfully quit smoking, if need be. If you have high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol, your team of experts will also provide guidance on how to best manage and treat these conditions.

Along with a serious medical condition or recent surgery may also come mixed emotions, anxiety or depression. With cardiac rehab, you’ll also receive counseling support to check in on your mental health and help you get back to feeling your best.

Who Needs Cardiac Rehab?

Cardiac rehab is a long-term program that varies for each person. Some people may see results sooner than others, and that’s perfectly OK. Our goal at the program’s completion is to see you gain the tools and education you need to lead a happy, healthy lifestyle.

Several factors determine if you’re a good fit for cardiac rehabilitation, such as:

  • You had a heart attack within the past year
  • You’ve had heart surgery
  • You have angina
  • You have chronic stable heart failure (CHF) with an ejection fraction (EF) of less than 36%
  • You’ve been diagnosed with heart disease and have a prescription for cardiac rehab from your physician
  • You’ve had an angioplasty with or without a stent

Learn More About Cardiac Rehab

If you think you could benefit from cardiac rehab, visit us here to learn more about our cardiovascular care. We’ll work with you to monitor your physical improvements and numbers like blood pressure, heart rhythm, and pulse and exertion levels. We’ll also provide solid support with access to small-group discussions and more.

With our expert team of certified nurses, physiologists, counselors and dietitians, you’ll have all the tools you need to recover so you can live your best life.

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