Cardiac Rehab: Your Next Step To Recovery

August 19, 2009 by  
Filed under Education

What is Cardiac Rehabilitation (rehab)?

Cardiac rehab helps heart patients get well sooner and get back to a full, active lifestyle.  Rehab has two parts:

  1. Exercise training helps you safely, strengthen your muscles and get your energy back.
  2. Education helps you understand the health condition of your condition and teaches you ways to change unhealthy habits to new, healthier habits.

Who can Benefit from Cardiac Rehab?

Anyone who has or have had:

  • heart disease
  • heart failure
  • a
  • heart surgery
  • heart angioplasty
  • a heart transplant

What are the Benefits of Cardiac Rehab?

Cardiac rehab can make a difference.  It is a safe, smart way to help you:

  • Feel better faster
  • Get stronger
  • Decrease symptoms like chest pain and shortness of breath
  • Cut down on stress
  • Lower your risks for future heart problems and related hospital admissions
  • Live longer

What are the Goals of Cardiac Rehab?

Cardiac rehab can help you reach many goals.  Talk with your doctor or nurse and find out which of these goals are right for you:

  • Taking medicines, as needed
  • High blood pressure control
  • Weight management
  • Cholesterol control
  • Eating healthy
  • Diabetes control
  • Weight training
  • Aerobic exercise
  • Quitting smoking
  • Stress management

Who is on the Cardiac Rehab Team?

Your cardiac rehab team may be made up of many health care providers including:

  • Doctors (such as family doctor, heart doctor (cardiologist) and/or your surgeon)
  • Nurses
  • Dietitians
  • Exercise specialists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Psychologists or behavior therapists

How can the Cardiac Rehab Team Help?

Only you can change your health habits to those that are necessary for a healthier life. But your cardiac rehab team can make these changes easier for you.  They can help you:

  • Learn about your heart condition
  • Learn what you can do to help your heart
  • Know the right questions to ask
  • Know if you have any new problems
  • Build confidence in what you can do
  • Follow your treatment plan
  • Move safely through your exercise program

No matter how hard it seems, cardiac rehab will have benefits that last a lifetime. Many insurance companies pay for some or all of the cost of cardiac rehab.

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