Certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Cardiac Rehab at the Institute for Healthy Living provides comprehensive cardiovascular risk reduction services to patient with cardiovascular disease. Offering a continuum of care between the inpatient and outpatient setting, the Cardiac Rehabilitation program is designed to decrease morbidity, mortality and improve a variety of clinical and behavioral outcomes including quality of life. This is accomplished through supervised exercise training as well as intensive lifestyle modification and disease management counseling provided by a multidisciplinary team consisting of registered nurses, exercise physiologist, registered dietitian and certified diabetic educator.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation team members assist patients in developing an exercise program unique to each patient’s needs and abilities. During the regularly scheduled progressive exercise training sessions, each patient’s heart rhythm, heart rate and blood pressure are closely monitored and evaluated.
Individualized lifestyle modification counseling is provided in addition to group education focusing on:
- Anatomy and physiology of the diseased heart
- Actions/indications of heart medications
- Stress management
- Heart healthy nutrition
- Smoking cessation
- Exercise safety
Patient benefits of participation in Cardiac Rehabilitation:
- Improved functional capacity
- Increased knowledge of heart disease
- Improved adherence to positive lifestyle changes
- Improved compliance with medical regime
- Increased self-esteem and confidence
- Reduced subsequent morbidity and mortality related to cardiovascular disease
Participation in Cardiac Rehab does require a physician referral and is covered by Medicare and most major medical insurance companies. We encourage you to discuss with your physician your eligibility for Cardiac Rehab at the Institute for Healthy Living.
More information about Cardiac Rehab is available by calling (903) 323-6550.