Like other muscles of the body, the heart weakens if not conditioned appropriately. Cardiac rehabilitation offers a structured approach to strengthening the heart. As an added bonus, it improves overall physical fitness and quality of life.
The Heart Hospital Cardiac Rehab program
serves patients who have recently experienced a heart event such as: heart attack, coronary stenting, bypass surgery, valve repair or replacement surgery, and heart transplantation. The program offers both physical and emotional support to these patients through supervised exercise sessions, risk factor management, symptom management, and group educational classes. Individuals with multiple coronary risk factors are also prime candidates for rehabilitation, even if they haven’t yet experienced a cardiac event.
Phases of Cardiac Rehabilitation
Phase 1: In-Hospital Rehabilitation
The primary goal of inpatient rehabilitation is to reduce your anxiety about the condition of your heart. Progression to low-level activity and education are emphasized. An in-hospital exercise program helps you overcome the effects of bed rest.
Phase 2: Outpatient Rehabilitation
The primary goal of outpatient cardiac rehab is to help you return to an active, productive lifestyle. This phase usually begins at the rehabilitation center shortly after discharge from the hospital. It includes:
Development and initiation of your personalized exercise program.
Continuous monitoring of your heart during exercise sessions.
Education and risk factor modification.
The medical staff of The Heart Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Center designs a fitness program that fits your lifestyle. Its primary goal is to make exercise an easy part of your daily routine. Phase 3 cardiac rehab is usually one to three months in duration followed by a lifetime program which can be carried out individually at home or at another exercise facility.
Our staff is a combination of registered nurses and exercise specialist that are specially trained to help you through the recovery process. All participants in our program are physician referred. We work closely with your Primary Care Physician and Cardiologist to keep them aware of any change we note in your condition. As you progress through the program, you will find our staff provides support and knowledge.
Nationally Certified Program
The Heart Hospital Cardiac Rehab has been awarded Program Certification by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).
This is a national certification awarded to cardiac rehab programs that meet strict standards of practice guidelines. Re-Certification occurs every 3 years and is a rigorous process that focuses on quality patient clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, progression of risk factor reduction goals and safety. The Heart Hospital Cardiac Rehab has been certified by the AACVPR since 2003.