Patients who have heart disease improve their quality of life through monitored exercise with this program.
Cardiac rehabilitation is a customized program of exercise and education designed to help patients recover from a heart attack, or other forms of heart disease or surgery, to treat heart disease. Cardiac rehab is often divided into phases that involve monitored exercise, nutritional counseling, emotional support, and education about lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of heart problems. The goals are to help patients regain strength, maintain health and reduce the risk of future heart problems. The patient receives continuous telemetry monitoring of their electrocardiogram and heart rate with frequent blood pressure checks.
Specially trained cardiac rehab specialists work with patients three times a week as prescribed by a physician. Patients exercise on treadmills, bicycles and other aerobic equipment to gain strength and improve endurance and breathing. Heart rate and rhythm are closely monitored throughout the workout. Sessions last approximately one hour and are typically scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Sometimes rehabilitation means more than working with the body – it means regaining confidence too. Another important component of life after cardiac event is education. Patients receive information needed to make lifestyle changes and decrease the chance of future cardiac incidents. Information provided can include nutrition, stress reduction and information on medications.
After patients graduate from the rehab program, they can move into a maintenance phase where they continue to exercise in the center without a heart monitor, or the rehab team can design a program for use in the home.
Cardiac rehabilitation is another top-notch service offered by Freestone Medical Center to keep residents close to home for the care they need. We work closely with physicians from all around the area. Patients should check with their cardiologist to see if they might benefit from cardiac rehab.