Our Goals for Your Success
Cardiac rehab’s goals are to get patients to an above-average fitness level, reduce their cardiac risk factors and prevent occurrence of further cardiac events. The four main aspects of cardiac rehab include exercise, diet, stress management and management of other risk factors.
The patient comes in for an informative lecture to learn the ins and outs of cardiac rehab. It includes an overview of the cardiac nutrition component, a tour of the facility and a question and answer session. We gather insurance information from the patient so verification can begin. At the end of orientation, the patient schedules an appointment for an initial assessment if appropriate.
A cardiac rehab specialist meets with the patient to discuss his or her medical history, assess cardiac risk factors, review medications and discuss any physical limitations the person may have. Then the specialist schedules a meeting with a dietitian and rehab counselor and schedules the patient’s exercise session time slot.
Each patient receives an individualized exercise routine based on cardiac history, current activity level and functional capacity. The different exercise modes the patient may use include: treadmill, bicycle, NuStep, arm ergometer, dumbbell weights, rowing machine and elliptical cross-trainer. The patient’s heart rates and rhythms are monitored, as are blood pressure, weight and blood sugars, if appropriate. The patient finishes the exercise session with a stretching routine to promote flexibility and balance.
The patient attends approximately 12 group education classes promoting heart disease prevention and management. Classes are designed to help clients make lifestyle changes, if needed, to prevent further negative occurrences.
Each patient meets individually with a Registered Dietitian to develop a cardiac diet plan appropriate to the individual. The diet focuses on managing the lipid profile, weight and diabetes, as needed.
Stress and Emotional Counseling
A Licensed Certified Social Worker meets with the patient to discuss coping with heart disease. If needed, stress management and coping skills are taught. Additional resources are provided as needed.
On the patient’s last day of cardiac rehab, he or she meets with the cardiac rehab case manager to discuss final outcomes of cardiac rehab. At this time patients are given a final home exercise program to follow and the option to continue exercising at this facility in our Healthy Heart Program.