Cardiac rehab is a physician-prescribed, medically supervised program designed to help patients improve cardiovascular health. It is an important part of recovery after a recent heart attack, heart failure, angioplasty, heart surgery or, Peripheral Artery Disease. Our Cardiac Rehab Program is a team effort between the patient, their family, the physician, and the cardiac rehab staff. Patients who participate in this program learn how to take control of their lives through lifestyle choices and habits that positively affect heart health.
Our Cardiac Rehab Program has been providing this important service to the Onslow community for over 20 years, and our talented team is comprised of two nurses, an exercise physiologist, a dietician, and a psychologist. Their passion, skill, and dedication to your heart health make our program truly special.
A referral from your physician is all you need to join us. Please call the cardiac rehab clinic at (910) 577-2943 to learn more or request further information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You’ll find that cardiac rehab is not just about exercise, it’s about lifestyle. We believe that the first step to better heart health after medical issues is learning what happened and why. In our Cardiac Rehab Program, patients will learn about controllable and uncontrollable risk factors, and a variety of ways to lower risk. Plus, we provide physician-prescribed exercise, nutrition, and so much more.
THREE PRIMARY FOCUSES OF CARDIAC REHAB:
- Physician-Prescribed Exercise (counseling and training): Individualized exercise programs help get your cardiovascular system working. This exercise program also includes education about getting your body moving in ways that promote heart health.
- Education for ‘Heart-Healthy Living’: Our cardiac rehab staff helps to educate patients on how to manage their risk factors. This includes educational classes on lifestyle changes and disease management, nutrition, diabetes education, smoking cessation, and heart-healthy living. It also includes diet instruction from our Registered Dietician.
- Education and Training on Psychosocial Factors: Stress can negatively impact your heart health—this part of our Cardiac Rehab Program helps you identify and tackle everyday sources of stress. Emotional support in the form of group, peer, and individual are also available by request.
Research has shown that cardiac rehab can reduce your risk of death from heart disease, reduce your risk of future health problems, and decrease your risk of hospitalizations. Other benefits include:
- Lowered chances of a second heart attack or surgery
- Lessened chest pain
- Eliminated need for some medications
- Controlled risk factors such as high blood pressure or cholesterol
- Help with weight loss and adopting a heart-healthy diet
- Reduced stress through relaxation or recreation
Cardiac rehab has also been known to especially benefit those with:
- Cardiovascular disease
- History of a heart attack
- Chest pain (Angina)
- Angioplasty or stents
- Coronary artery bypass graft
- Heart valve repair or replacement
- Heart failure/cardiomyopathy
- Heart transplant
- Peripheral Artery Disease
Cardiac rehab typically runs for one hour, three days a week and lasts 12 weeks, depending on your needs. At your first visit, our professional staff of nurses and exercise physiologists will:
- Conduct a detailed interview
- Complete a comprehensive review of your medical history
- Design an individualized exercise and heart-health improvement plan to help you meet your personal goals
- Train you to exercise on the equipment that is appropriate for you, with the objective of increasing cardiovascular endurance and muscular strength.
- This will include use of:
- NuStep® machines
AFTER THE PROGRAM
After your program ends, you’ll need to continue the diet, exercise and other healthy lifestyle habits you’ve learned for the rest of your life to maintain heart-healthy benefits.
Following the completion of our Cardiac Rehab Program, our goal is for you to experience the following:
- Increased functional capacity (the ability to carry out daily activities)
- Reduced risk factors
- Improved quality of life
- Improved outlook and emotional stability
- Increased knowledge about heart disease and increased self-management
- Increased knowledge of exercise and its’ benefit
- Confidence to exercise on your own
- Empowerment to maintain a healthier lifestyle
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