Intensive Cardiac Rehab
In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Heart attacks, also known as myocardial infarctions, are among the most common and serious cardiac conditions. When something prevents blood from flowing to the heart, the heart muscle begins to die, affecting the rest of the cardiovascular system and body. Immediate medical care is of the utmost importance when someone experiences a heart attack.
Identifying the signs and symptoms of myocardial infarctions, determining treatment options and understanding how to prevent a heart attack are valuable tools for everyone.
What Is Cardiac Rehab?
Cardiac rehab, also known as cardiac rehabilitation or CR, is a medically-designed program to help improve your heart and cardiovascular health after a heart attack, angioplasty, heart failure, or surgery of the heart. Cardiac rehab may be recommended by your cardiologist or heart doctor.
The focus of cardiac rehab is to improve your heart’s future to keep you healthy and able to live life. Cardiac rehabilitation will involve goal setting and planning to help improve the quality of your life and improve your heart health. It will also involve adopting heart-healthy habits to manage risk factors for heart disease.
Research has found that cardiac rehab programs can help reduce your risk of death from heart disease and future heart problems.
Who Needs Cardiac Rehab?
Cardiac rehab (CR) can be for people who have had a heart attack, heart failure, heart surgery or another heart problem. Additionally, people who have undergone angioplasty or stenting or have been diagnosed with angina/chest pain can benefit from a CR program. All of the people previously described can improve their future heart health greatly from a cardiac rehabilitation program. A cardiac rehab program can help to get people back on their feet and live a happy and healthy life.
What Does Cardiac Rehab Involve?
Cardiac rehab involves in-person visits, usually a few times a week. The exact length of your cardiac rehab program will depend on your specific condition, but a typical program usually lasts about 12 weeks.
Cardiac rehab has three main parts:
- Exercise: During cardiac rehabilitation, you will be focusing on exercising and training to help get your circulatory system working. The focus of this portion of cardiac rehab will be to improve your heart health and keep it pumping strong for you.
- Education: Education will also be a key part of cardiac rehab so you can learn how to manage risk factors and prevent future heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems. You’ll learn about eating healthy, managing your medications, controlling your blood pressure and other ways to protect your heart health.
- Counseling: This part of your cardiac rehab program helps you identify and manage everyday sources of stress that hurt your heart.
You’re NOT Alone
When you join a cardiac rehab program, you’ll get a whole team of people working on your behalf. Cardiac rehab is designed to be done with certified doctors, nurses, trainers and other medical personnel around you. These people are there to help you get back to your life and be stronger and better for the future.
You will also have a dietitian in your corner. He or she will help you make heart-healthy choices to fuel your body properly and keep you energized so you can focus on what matters to you.
What Are the Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation?
Completing a cardiac rehab program can help you live a longer, healthier life. With cardiac rehab, you can:
- Recover and get stronger.
- Lower your risk of heart disease.
- Get your body moving and make everyday activities easier.
- Learn healthier lifestyle habits, such as eating healthy and exercising more.
- Reduce your stress with stress management techniques.
- Improve your mental outlook and emotional well-being.
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Please ask your cardiologist or heart doctor if you are eligible for a cardiac rehab program. If you are eligible/interested, please give us a call at 832-644-8930 and we will do our best to assist you with your cardiovascular needs.
At Modern Heart and Vascular, we would love to work with you and create a heart-healthy plan to improve your quality of life and reduce your risk of future heart problems. As always, our focus is on prevention and trying to avoid surgeries and use of medications when possible.
This page does not provide medical advice. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you need cardiovascular care, please call us at 832-644-8930.