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Life after cardiac-related illness can be dynamic and fulfilling when you invest in a comprehensive, medically supervised program of cardiac rehabilitation and wellness.
Memorial Hermann Cardiac Wellness Centers are designed to help people with heart disease participate actively and confidently in their own recovery as they return, as much as possible, to the activities they’ve enjoyed for years.
All Memorial Hermann Cardiac Wellness Centers are accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).
Cardiac rehab is a multidimensional, medically supervised program designed to help patients recover as quickly as possible from heart disease. With a comprehensive focus on exercise, education and lifestyle change, the program is specially designed to improve your overall physical and mental functioning.
People who participate in a cardiac rehabilitation program following heart surgery or a diagnosis of heart disease tend to have better outcomes in managing their condition.
A specialized team of physicians, nurses, exercise physiologists, nutritionists and other healthcare professionals will oversee your progress in our cardiac rehabilitation program.
We'll customize an exercise program to match your particular needs and improvement goals, with gradually increasing fitness targets.
Our staff is on hand at all times to monitor your EKG, blood pressure and heart rate during exercise. We will also teach you relaxation techniques that will help increase your sense of well-being.
You'll need a referral from your doctor to participate in our cardiac rehabilitation program. If you're not currently seeing a doctor use our physician search to find a primary care physician or cardiologist.
A prescription is needed to begin the cardiac rehabilitation program. Most insurance companies cover phases I and II of cardiac rehab, depending upon the policy, and Medicare covers both phases as well as entrance and exit stress tests. Phase III cardiac rehab and wellness-related services are charged at the end of the month and are not usually covered.
During cardiac rehabilitation, you will undergo a health assessment, monitored physical activity, risk factor education and counseling and support, among other activities.
At the start of your program, our staff will thoroughly evaluate your medical history, assess your physical abilities and limitations and perform a physical examination. This initial evaluation is used to customize a safe and effective program tailored to meet your individual needs and goals.
Throughout every exercise session, our staff will monitor your heart rhythm and heart rate by EKG and will also monitor your blood pressure. Your cardiovascular fitness session may include walking, cycling, jogging and other endurance activities. Resistance training is also included to improve muscle strength. Your exercise progression is increased at a pace comfortable for you. Your doctor will receive updates on your progress throughout the course of your program.
Managing your risk factors is vitally important in cardiac rehab. You will receive ongoing education about risk factors including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes,smoking, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and poor nutrition. Our staff strongly emphasizes adopting therapeutic lifestyle changes that involve developing heart-healthy eating habits and engaging in regular cardiovascular exercise to reduce your risk factors of heart disease.
The cardiac rehab team provides guidance to help you maintain the healthy lifestyle changes you have made. You may receive counseling on nutrition, medications, smoking cessation, stress management, and other topics. The team also serves as a social and emotional support system to encourage you throughout your program.
The cardiac rehab process generally follows these three phases:
This process begins when the patient enters the hospital, and a cardiovascular condition has been identified.
Patients and their families are taught about cardiac disease, how to modify risk factors and how to return to a maximum level of functioning upon leaving the hospital. Phase I rehabilitation also includes telemetry-monitored exercise, nutrition counseling, stress management consultations and smoking awareness as needed.
Phase II rehab helps patients and their families adjust to heart disease and modify their lifestyle. The 12-week, 36-session program starts immediately after discharge from the hospital. It includes telemetry-monitored exercise, nutrition and stress management consultations, smoking awareness classes and CPR training.
This is a maintenance program that lets patients continue lifestyle modification through non-telemetry-monitored exercise and shorter versions of nutritional, stress management and smoking awareness counseling. It may also be used by individuals with a high risk of cardiovascular disease to prevent future problems.
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