What is Cardiac Rehabilitation?
Cardiac rehabilitation is an important recovery step for people with coronary heart disease, angina, recovering from a heart attack or heart surgery, stent placement, or other heart conditions. Like with any rehabilitation program, cardiac rehabilitation includes a combination of education and exercise to help heart patients return to a healthy, active life.
Cardiac rehabilitation begins after heart patients are discharged from the hospital, usually four to six weeks following their heart incident or surgery. The outpatient program is generally recommended by the patient’s cardiologist as a crucial step in the recovery plan.
For most people with coronary artery disease, the right prescription for lifestyle change is an important component of treatment. That’s why, as part of our heart care services; Highlands Health System offers a c comprehensive Cardiac Rehabilitation program. Cardiac rehabilitation increased cardiovascular efficiency, offers, physical and psychological benefits, speeds recovery, and helps prevent prolonged disability.
We teach patients how to incorporate lifestyle modifications, including exercise, nutrition, education, and stress management, and smoking cessation for a healthier heart. We provide individualized and medically supervised treatment plans that are based on each person’s unique circumstances. Knowing that people with heart disease are not just patients, our program involves families and loved ones.
Who delivers the therapy?
The Phase II Cardiac Rehab team at Highlands consists of highly skilled health care professionals. Nurses, registered dietitians, certified diabetes educators, and support services work together with your physician and under the guidance of our medical director to help you return to a healthy, active lifestyle. Our nurses are certified in advanced cardiac life support, and trained in the response of the heart to exercise and understand the process of heart disease.
What can I expect?
Highlands’ Cardiac Rehab program is offered by the Cardio-Diagnostic Department in a special gym space locate on the fourth floor of the medical office building. The program is held three days a week (Monday, Wednesday, & Friday) for one hour. Participants join for six to twelve weeks and follow and education and progressive exercise program tailored to each individual’s specific needs and health condition.
The hour-long sessions include:
- A warm-up period (exercise on a treadmill, recumbent bike, Airdyne bike, and arm ergometer)
- A cool down period
- Heart monitoring throughout the session
- Blood pressure checks at rest, during exercise and after cool down
How does Phase II Rehab work?
Cardiac Rehab has two major components.
Exercise Training to help you learn how to exercise safely, improve stamina, strengthen muscles, and develop an individualized exercise program to help prevent future heart problems. Each person’s exercise plan is based on their unique abilities, needs, and interests.
Education, counseling, and training to help you understand your heart condition and find ways to reduce the risk of future heart problems. Educational opportunities include: home exercise, nutrition, medication, stress management, weight loss, smoking cessation, heart anatomy, cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes control. The Cardiac Rehab team will help each patient learn how to make positive changes in their lives and cope with the stress of adjusting to a new lifestyle.
How is the program covered?
Most insurances including Medicare cover all or most of the cost of the Phase II program. Some insurances cover additional diagnoses not listed above. We will verify your insurance coverage before you enroll.
How do I enroll and get started?
A physician’s referral and insurance pre-authorization are needed to start the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. We accept most health insurance plans, including Medicare that covers the cost of cardiac rehabilitation. A co-payment may be required for each exercise session.
For more information regarding Cardiac Rehab at Highlands, call (606) 886-7544.
Need a cardiologist? Call Highlands Heart & Vascular at (606) 889-6210.