Cardiac rehabilitation provides patients recovering from heart surgery or heart attack with the environment necessary to attain personal recovery and health maintenance goals. Patients’ cardiac rehabilitative needs are the central focus of our program. We strive to help each patient meet their specific needs to enable them to achieve optimal levels of cardiac function and overall well-being.
How Our Program Works
Medically supervised exercise and scientifically sound education are the basis of our cardiac rehabilitation program. The heart is a muscle that can be strengthened by gradually increasing amounts and intensity of exercise.
Based upon a thorough pre-entrance exam, an individual exercise prescription will be written. Within the guidelines of the exercise prescription, participates will do a variety of appropriate exercise activities. Throughout the recovery process, this low-intensity activity will gradually increase according to patient levels of fitness.
Cardiac rehabilitation patients participate in the program about three times a week for approximately 12 weeks. Each education and exercise session lasts about 1 1/2 hours.
Learning About Your Heart
Throughout your participation in our program, ongoing education will give you the understanding of heart disease and health necessary to promote your achievement of and commitment to lifetime wellness. Our education program will highlight the following topics:
- High blood cholesterol
- Heart health and nutrition
- Risk factors for heart disease
- Exercise for a healthy heart
- Weight control
- Smoking cessation
- Understanding and treating heart disease
- Stress management
Who can participate
All heart patients are invited to participate. For example, if you have experienced a heart attack, coronary bypass surgery, coronary angioplasty or stenting, angina pectoris, or have been told by your physician that you have coronary artery disease, you may benefit from our comprehensive program.
Joining the Program
Your physician must refer you to our program by a letter or a phone call. Your physician will be kept informed about your progress through monthly reports and direct communication when necessary.
Most insurance companies, including Medicare, will cover a large portion of the program. Should any information be requested by your insurance company, a letter and program services description will be sent to them. You will want to confirm coverage with your insurance representative prior to enrollment.