Cardiac rehabilitation is an important part of today’s comprehensive care plan for many patients with heart disease. Cardiac rehab has been shown to reduce readmissions to the hospital, lessen the need for cardiac medications, increase the likelihood of returning to work after a heart attack, and even improve survival.
You are likely to be referred to a cardiac rehab program if you have or had any of the following conditions: coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction (heart attack), coronary artery bypass surgery, heart transplant, coronary balloon angioplasty or surgery for a heart valve problem.
Cardiac rehabilitation programs are tailored to each patient’s needs but they all operate under these guiding principles:
- Counseling patients about their disease.
- Initiating an exercise program, which has been shown to improve survival.
- Helping patients modify their risk factors for heart disease, including high blood pressure, smoking, high serum cholesterol, physical inactivity, obesity, and diabetes. Decreasing these risk factors has also been shown to reduce the risk of another heart attack, sudden death, and stroke.
- Providing vocational guidance to enable patients to return to work.
- Lending emotional support and providing psychosocial evaluation and counseling.
The long-term success of any cardiac rehab program is directly related to the patients’ efforts. Most patients start programs enthusiastically, but attendance drops to about 50% at one year. To try to maintain compliance with a program, aim for a schedule that is convenient for you and an exercise and dietary program that is realistic. Aim also for group camaraderie—making new friends and socializing is part of the healing process.
Source: American Heart Association
Healthy Living Article List
|For Women||For Seniors||Fighting Cancer||Your Heart||Emergency 101|
|Work Smart||Bones, Muscles and Joints||Nutrition News||Advice From Our Docs|