Starting Life with a New Beat: Cardiac Rehab
If you're just recovering from a heart event, walking on a treadmill may be the last thing you are interested in. You may feel tired, depressed or simply worried about survival - not about getting in a workout. You and your family may be facing major lifestyle changes.
But exercising under the watchful eyes of your health care team through a cardiac rehabilitation program may be the key to not just survival, but a better quality of life. If you're adjusting to life after a heart attack or are living with certain other heart diseases, cardiac rehab may help you feel better than you thought was possible.
What is cardiac rehabilitation?
Cardiac rehab is a customized program of exercise and education. Your doctors may recommend joining a cardiac rehab program to help you return to better health when you've had a heart attack or if you have certain other heart conditions. The goals of cardiac rehab are to help you regain strength, promote wellness, prevent your condition from worsening and reduce your risk of future heart problems. And those can add up to a better quality of life.
A thorough evaluation helps your health care team assess your physical abilities, medical limitations and other conditions you may have. Then a customized exercise and lifestyle program is created.
Don't worry if you've never exercised before. Our cardiac rehab team will make sure the program moves at a pace you're comfortable with.
Who can benefit from cardiac rehabilitation?
Today, cardiac rehab is an option for people of all ages and with many forms of heart disease. You may benefit from cardiac rehabilitation if your medical history includes:
- Heart attack
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart failure
- Angioplasty or stent placement
- Certain congenital heart diseases
- Coronary artery bypass surgery
- Valve replacements
Cardiac rehabilitation isn't appropriate for everyone, though even if you have one of these conditions. Your health care team will work with your physician to thoroughly evaluate your health to make sure you're ready to start a cardiac rehab program.