Cardiac rehabilitation is designed for people who have had a heart attack, a heart transplant, a valve replacement, open-heart surgery, an angioplasty or a stent implanted. It can also be beneficial for those who experience chest discomfort associated with exertion or stress (stable angina) or other heart conditions.
LVHN's cardiac rehabilitation program teaches you how to be more active and make lifestyle changes that can lead to better health. It will improve your strength, energy level and ability to function at home and in your community. Your participation in our program also may reduce your risk for future additional heart problems.
A team of specialists will meet with you to design a customized program that is safe and effective. The team consists of:
- Nurse specialist
- Registered dietitian
- Exercise physiologist
- Respiratory therapist
- Physical therapist
- Occupational therapist
If your heart disease is accompanied by other conditions such as joint pain, weakness or unsteadiness, physical therapy can help. It can also assist you in returning to work or recreational activity.
Your specialized physical therapist will:
- Conduct a complete evaluation
- Create an individualized exercise program
- Provide education to help you manage your medical issues
- Closely monitor your vital signs and changes in symptoms using a state-of-the-art cardiac telemetry unit
The benefits of cardiac and physical rehabilitation include:
- Improved fitness and strength
- Stress reduction
- Weight loss
- Lower blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar
- Increased endurance