Heart disease claims over 500,000 lives in the United States annually. An additional 1.5 million Americans suffer heart attacks, usually striking men and women in their most productive years. Changes in exercise, diet and smoking habits may prevent or decrease the severity of a re-occurrence. Maintaining your health can return you to a high degree of physiological, psychological and social function.
Cardiac Rehabilitation is for patients with the following:
• Heart attack (MI)
• Balloon to the artery that has a blockage (PTCA)
• Coronary artery disease (CAD)
• DCA (rotor-rooter)
• Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG)
• Heart transplant
• Congestive heart failure (CHF)
• Valve surgery
Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
Most patients return to their usual activities within a few months after a heart attack or heart surgery. The purpose of cardiac rehabilitation is to monitor and improve the recovery process, increase fitness and reduce the risk of heart problems.
These goals can be accomplished with the help of physicians, nurses, exercise physiologists, dietitians, social workers and psychologists. Cardiac rehabilitation provides a safe way to exercise to improve physical activity and fitness. Our program provides medically supervised and monitored exercise. For heart patients, exercise lessens the risk and severity of another cardiac problem. Cardiac rehabilitation teaches patients about their disease and how to cope. Programs and individual counseling are available to help patients stop smoking, lose weight, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and reduce emotional stress.
Cardiac Rehabilitation Education and Stress Management
Education is once a week, after or before the exercises. It is done informally as a group, so you can ask questions and make comments.
The topics discussed include the following:
• Medications and what you should know about them
• Angina and the use of nitroglycerin
• High blood pressure activities at home and work
• How to stop smoking and not restart
• Fat and cholesterol, and how do you keep them out of my diet
• How to read food labels
• Grocery shopping for low-fat, low-cholesterol food
• How to cook low-fat dishes
• What to choose when you are eating out
• Stress management
We work hand-in-hand with your doctors and keep them up-to-date on your progress. Along with registered nurses, there are exercise physiologists who work to help you with your exercise program. They specialize in exercise as it relates to different diseases (not only the heart). A dietitian will talk one-to-one with you and your family members about any diet concerns. A nurse will make sure that you receive the best care, and that your program helps you reach your goals.
Phases of Cardiac Rehabilitation
• PHASE 1: While in hospital, education and walking in the halls.
• PHASE 2: One to three months at hospital rehab center, usually covered by insurance. Monitored exercise therapy three times a week: education and stress management group and individual sessions.
• PHASE 3: Supervised cardiopulmonary rehabilitation
Cardiac rehab is covered by most insurance companies. We have a representative that can answer your insurance questions.
For more information call Bedford Memorial Hospital cardiac rehabilitation at 540-587-3373.