Although cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the US, there are millions of people who live with heart disease. For people who are diagnosed with heart disease, life can change in an instant. Cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) is a program that provides people with health education and exercise training that can improve their quality of life and reduce their risk of future health problems. Locally, cardiac rehab is offered at Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH).
Cardiac rehab is a medically supervised program that is available for those with heart problems such as: angina (chest pain), heart attack, heart catheterization with either stents or angioplasty, open heart surgery for bypass or valve replacement, or heart transplant. There are two phases available at DCMH. Phase II begins shortly after someone leaves the hospital and lasts up to a few months. Phase III follows and helps someone maintain an exercise routine and continue their healthy lifestyle for the long term.
In the outpatient Phase II program at DCMH, exercise sessions are scheduled two or three days a week. A heart monitor is worn during exercise and blood pressure and heart rate checks are done before, during, and after every session. A medical professional reviews many things that include heart anatomy, medications, and specific cardiac procedures or interventions. There are individualized educational sessions discussing risk factors for heart disease such as: being overweight, lack of exercise, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and stress. A home exercise program is established and encouraged, and a dietary consult and smoking cessation classes are also available. Each client comes to cardiac rehab with different needs and levels of physical activity, so exercise sessions are adjusted to individual needs and increased according to physical response.
So there are many benefits of cardiac rehab: supervised exercise training to increase tolerance and overall health, identifying risk factors for heart disease, and getting help with making changes to develop a heart-healthy lifestyle. The goal for everyone is to improve the quality of life for people with heart disease and reduce their risks of future problems. The social aspect of group exercise classes helps clients foster friendships that encourage them to get better, feel better, and make positive health changes.
For questions or additional information, call and talk to our friendly DCMH Cardiac Rehabilitation Staff at: 812-663-1328.
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