Cardiac Rehabilitation

What is cardiac rehabilitation?

Phoebe offers both inpatient and outpatient cardiac rehabilitation programs. Cardiac rehab is a supervised program that includes exercise, lifestyle changes, education, and emotional support for people who have had a heart attack, bypass surgery, or have other heart problems. Programs are medically supervised and individually designed to enhance your quality of life. The goal is to help you return to and maintain your best possible physical and emotional condition.

What are the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation?

Research shows that people who participate in cardiac rehab after a heart attack can reduce their risk of additional heart attacks or other heart problems. Cardiac rehab at Phoebe can also be beneficial if you have ongoing heart problems, such as coronary artery disease or heart failure. Or if you do not have current heart problems but are at risk for heart disease, cardiac rehab can help to reduce your risk of future problems. Cardiac rehab can also help you improve the quality of your life through:

  • Better overall physical health
  • Weight loss
  • Decreased depression, emotional stress, and anxiety
  • Increased self-esteem and sense of optimism

What does Phoebe's cardiac rehabilitation program include?

A cardiac rehab program includes: A medical evaluation A supervised program of aerobic and resistance training exercises Education and programs on how to reduce your risk factors for heart problems Stress management programs and counseling for depression Nutritional counseling

Who should participate in cardiac rehabilitation?

You may benefit from a cardiac rehab program if you have had one of the following conditions or procedures:

  • Heart attack (myocardial infarction)
  • Heart failure (sometimes called congestive heart failure, or CHF)
  • Chest pain or angina
  • Known coronary artery disease, or major risk factors for CAD
  • Valve replacement (valve surgery [AVR/MVR])
  • Heart transplant (or kidney transplants)
  • Abnormal exercise test
  • Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention, such as angioplasty
  • Pacemaker/ICD placement
  • Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery

Although you may have one of these conditions or procedures, your doctor may not recommend cardiac rehab if you have certain additional medical problems. However, almost everyone with heart disease or risk factors for heart disease would benefit from some form of risk factor assessment, activity counseling, and health education. Ask your doctor whether cardiac rehab is right for you.

How will my progress be monitored?

Doctors, cardiac nurse specialists, registered dietitians, physical therapists, and clinical exercise physiologists will closely follow your progress in the program. The amount of time you spend with each type of professional will depend on your needs. As you progress, you will move to phase with less monitoring. By the end of the program, you will be ready to maintain a healthier lifestyle on your own.