What to Expect in Cardiac Rehabilitation
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.