By helping you regain strength and improve stamina, cardiac rehab can help you:
Live longer and lessen your chances for another heart attack
Control heart disease symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath
Stop or reverse damage to your blood vessels in your heart
Lessen the physical and emotional effects of heart disease
Improve your stamina and strength, getting you back to your usual activities, including work, hobbies, and regular exercise
Improve your confidence and well-being
What are some expected outcomes of cardiac rehab?
According to recent studies, cardiac rehab can help:
Lower risk of death from any cause by 45-47% in stent patients
Reduce heart failure readmissions by 28%
Lower risk of death caused by the heart 26-31%
Improve fitness levels in most patients by 25% or more
What does cardiac rehab offer?
Assessment of your personal risk factors for heart and blood vessel disease
Beginning and maintaining a personalized exercise plan that works for you
Psychological/stress assessment and counseling
Education and support to make healthy lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy weight, heart healthy eating, avoiding tobacco and environmental smoke
Opportunity to meet and share stories with other patients like you
Monitoring and better control of blood pressure, lipids /cholesterol and diabetes
Improved communication with your doctor and other healthcare providers about your progress following your cardiac event
Is it safe for me to exercise? I get tired very easily. What if I can't keep up with the other participants?
Although you exercise as part of a small group, each person has their own exercise program based on their medical diagnosis, cardiac function test and exercise evaluation. Each person is given an exercise routine that they can tolerate. Your exercise capacity is increased gradually at your own pace and under the guidance of highly trained rehab specialists.
Are family members allowed to attend the classes?
The health and safety of our patients, visitors, and employees is crucial in providing quality care. At this time, we are not permitting family members to attend classes to observe exercise sessions or take part in educational sessions with patients.
Will my insurance cover the cost of cardiac rehabilitation?
A majority of insurance programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover part or all of the cost of cardiac rehab. Check with your insurance company for specific coverage or any pre-certification requirements. Our office will assist you with insurance issues.