Cardiac Rehabilitation is a program of medically prescribed and supervised exercise and risk factor modification to improve the cardiovascular health and overall well-being of a person who has heart disease. The program focuses on the following:
Reduction in Mortality
Improvement in Blood Cholesterol
Modification of Heart Disease Rick Factors
Improvement in Symptoms
Improvement in Exercise Tolerance
Reduction in Cigarette Smoking
Cardiac Rehabilitation provides services by a specialized team of individuals trained to provide care and cardiac monitoring to individuals who have varied diagnoses. The program is comprised of three phases
Phase I – an inpatient (acute care) program designed for patients (admitted) to the rehabilitation hospital.
Phase II – a monitored outpatient program of exercise and risk factor modification.
Phase III – designed for patients who have completed Phase II and wish to maintain cardiac fitness. This program is unmonitored.
Along with your physician, we will assist in placing you into the correct phase of the program to best meet your needs. In most cases Cardiac Rehabilitation (Phase I and Phase II) are covered by most insurances. Phase III is a self-pay program. Please contact us with any questions.
Q: Who can benefit from cardiac rehabilitation?
A: Cardiac rehabilitation can benefit patients with a variety of conditions, such as heart attacks; clogged arteries with resulting angioplasty, stents, or bypass surgery; left ventricular assist device implant (LVAD); congestive heart failure (CHF); patients with angina; or a heart transplant.
Q: What are the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation?
There are many benefits to cardiac rehabilitation:
Reduction in Mortality – Multifactored cardiac rehabilitation services can reduce cardiolvascular related deaths in patients following heart attacks, as well as angioplasty or stent placement.
Improvement in Blood Cholesterol- Multifactorial cardiac rehabilitation in patients with high cholesterol, including exercise training, medication management, dietary management, and education, results in improved cholesterol levels.
Modification of other risk factors for heart disease, including:
Blood pressure management
Improvement in cardiac symptoms- Cardiac rehabilitation exercise training decreases symptoms of chest pain from angina pectoris in patients with coronary heart disease and decreases symptoms of heart failure.
Improvement in Exercise Tolerance- cardiac rehabilitation exercise training improves objective measures of exercise tolerance in both men and women, including elderly patients with coronary heart disease and heart failure.
Reduction of Cigarette Smoking – Education, counseling, and behavior intervention during cardiac rehabilitation are beneficial for smoking cessation.
Improvement in Psychosocial Wellbeing and stress reduction – Many patients experience improvement in psychological status and functioning, including measures of emotional stress and reduction of the Type A behavior pattern.
Q: Who are the members of the cardiac rehabilitation team?
Cardiac rehabilitation programs can be conducted on an inpatient or outpatient basis. Many skilled professionals are part of the cardiac rehabilitation team, including any/all of the following:
Q: What is the difference between the phases in the cardiac rehabilitation program?
Phase I occurs when you are a patient in the rehabilitation hospital. The cardiac rehab team provides support, education and information about pertinent cardiac problems and risk factors to you and your family members during this initial phase, starting you on your road to recovery.
Phase II is an outpatient program of exercise and risk factor modification. A referral and some information regarding your medical history from your cardiologist is needed to begin. Most patients attend this telemetry monitory phase three times a week, for a total of 36 sessions to achieve maximum benefit.
Phase III is for patients who have participated in Phase II and wish to maintain cardiac fitness and want to take advantage of our supervised cardiac workouts. These exercise sessions are conducted much like those in Phase II, with each patient now accepting further responsibility for self-monitoring and record keeping. You will perform activities off the cardiac monitor, under the supervision of the cardiac team.
“The dedication and skill of the team was awe inspiring, and I couldn’t have asked for a more caring and attentive team. I feel much more confident and positive about myself after completing the course.”
“Each of the staff members with whom I interacted has been informative, caring and involved in providing the quality of rehab that was needed to achieve the proper outcome and desire management. Each person reflected the skills and empathy that made for a comfortable and productive program.”
“My therapist brought me back to a normal life. I was afraid to move because of my pain and she taught me how to help myself, and gave me the tools and training I needed to feel confident again. I walked in fearful and left very confident that I would know what to do to help myself if I ever had the pain again!”
For additional information or to schedule an appointment, call us at 732.321.7722.