Cardiac Rehabilitation

Definition

Cardiac rehabilitation is a comprehensive exercise, education, and behavioral modification program designed to improve the physical and emotional condition of patients with heart disease.

Purpose

The purpose of Cardiac Rehabilitation is to provide progressive exercise and education under medical supervision to individuals with coronary atherosclerotic disease, whether they be post myocardial infarction, post coronary artery bypass or anginal.

Philosophy

Cardiac Rehabilitation is the process by which the person with cardiovascular disease, including but not limited to patients with coronary heart disease, is restored to the maximum level of physiological, psychological and vocational functioning.

We believe that patient's Cardiac Rehabilitation needs will best be met by having professionals focus on the primary functions of clinical care, that professionals will make assessments, diagnoses, prescriptions and evaluations of care.

Professionals will direct and participate in improvement of Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs including teaching of patients and their families. Safety factors and patients' rights will at all times be considered priorities.

We believe that all professionals in Cardiac Rehabilitation will be effectively utilized, commensurate with their education, level of training, abilities and potentials, respecting the roles of various disciplines in this setting.

We believe that Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs should be oriented and motivated by current concepts of comprehensive patient care which embrace prevention, therapy, rehabilitation and planning for continuity of care upon program discharge. Community resources should be utilized whenever such contacts would benefit patient care.

We believe in adherence to standards of patient care in exercise and exercise testing as set forth by the American Heart Association, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Goals

  • Restore patient to maximum level of physiological, psychological and vocational functioning.
  • Allow myocardial healing process to continue under guidance and supervision of specific exercise prescription.
  • Increase awareness and understanding of coronary artery disease through patient and family education.
  • Development of goal oriented self-care program for patients with coronary artery disease.
  • Reduce healthcare costs through shortened hospital stays and prevention of disabilities.

Heart attack survivors, bypass and angioplasty patients, and individuals with angina, congestive heart failure, and heart transplants are all candidates for a cardiac rehabilitation program. Cardiac rehabilitation is prescribed to control symptoms, improve exercise tolerance, and improve the overall quality of life in these patients.

Our goal is to provide you with the skills and knowledge you will need to live better with your disease. If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to call (251-4120) and ask to talk with someone about our program.