Whether a patient is recovering from a heart attack or cardiac surgery
undergoing treatment for coronary artery disease or valve disease, or simply at high risk for developing heart disease, the Cardiac Rehabilitation (Cardiac Rehab) program at the Heart Hospital at Saint Francis provides a safe, nurturing environment for recovery and the transition back to a healthy lifestyle.
Cardiac Rehab Benefits
- Advice and close supervision of healthcare professionals helps you improve your health and lower your risk of future heart problems. The Cardiac Rehab team communicates with your primary care doctor or cardiologist to facilitate a seamless recovery.
- Counseling and education help you quit smoking, maintain a healthy diet, lose weight (and maintain weight loss) and lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Cardiac Rehab counseling may also help manage stress levels and boost overall confidence in your health.
- Regular physical activity strengthens your heart, mind and the rest of your body. Physical activity improves your energy level and lifts your spirits, while reducing your risk of future heart attacks and cardiac problems.
Research shows that patients who participate in cardiac rehabilitation are 25 percent less likely to experience future heart problems or complications from heart treatments. As a participant in our Cardiac Rehab program, you will learn how the heart works and understand how to support your heart health. Many of our Cardiac Rehab program graduates say they appreciate learning what steps to take in managing and, ultimately, controlling their future health.
We encourage family members to participate in the Cardiac Rehab program, so the health and wellness benefits can be enjoyed by all.
What to Expect During Cardiac Rehab
At your initial visit, we'll review your health history and provide an overview of the Cardiac Rehab program. Following visits are scheduled three times a week for up to two or three months. During each visit, your heart rhythm and blood pressure are closely monitored as you are guided to develop an exercise plan. Cardiac nurses, dietitians, exercise specialists, pharmacists and counselors work together to educate patients individually and in a group setting.
Learn More About Cardiac Rehab at Saint Francis
To find out more about the Cardiac Rehab program, please call 918-494-6470