What it’s for
Cardiac rehabilitation is used to improve the health of patients with heart disease. It can also help patients who are recovering from a heart attack, as well as those who recently had heart surgery.
Benefits of a cardiac rehabilitation program can include reduced cardiac symptoms, better long-term survival, weight loss, improved cholesterol and triglyceride levels, improved blood pressure, lower blood sugar levels in diabetics and reduced stress.
How it’s done
The Cardiac Rehabilitation Center provides complete cardiac rehabilitation that helps you to feel safe and supported. Cardiac rehab is important for individuals who have had any of the following:
· A recent heart attack
· Heart surgery, such as a coronary bypass
· A heart transplant
· Angioplasty or stenting
· Stable angina
· Placement of a ventricular assist device (VAD)
Cardiac rehab works in phases:
Phase I. This phase begins in the hospital after a cardiac event, such as a heart attack or cardiac surgery. Phase I focuses on education, helping patient to better understand heart disease and the steps that can be taken to improve health.
Phase II. The next phase of cardiac rehab begins when patients leave the hospital. Hospital designs a customized program based on patient health, goals and treating doctor’s recommendations. Rehab centre then supervises the exercise program at its facility and gives ongoing classes to help improve patient health. Phase II typically lasts from 4 to 24 weeks.
The Cardiac Rehab Phase II program may be certified by Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.