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Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehab

Contact: (509) 576-7650

Address: Suite #208, 406 S. 30th Avenue, Yakima, WA 98902

Recovering from a cardiac event or life-altering diagnosis can be a bit overwhelming without support. The first days and weeks after a cardiac event or new cardiac diagnosis can be a frightening, confusing time. You may be taking new medications and following new instructions. We can help you manage your condition and move toward a healthier way of living.

Cardiac Rehabilitation (also called cardiac rehab) is a medically supervised program of exercise, education and support for people with heart disease to improve their quality of life. The keystone of rehab is an individualized program in phases that involves monitored exercise, nutritional counseling, emotional support, and education about lifestyle changes to reduce your risk of future heart problems.

The goals of cardiac rehabilitation:

  • To help you regain strength
  • Adopt healthy lifestyle changes
  • Improve your health and quality of life

Cardiac Rehab involves a long-term commitment from the patient and a team of health care providers. Our team includes doctors (such as your primary care doctor, your surgeon, and a cardiologist who will monitor your plan and progress), specially trained cardiac rehab nurses, dietitians or nutritionists, and mental health specialists. This team also includes a care coordinator who will track your care and navigate insurance concerns.

Who Needs A Cardiac Rehab Program?

Many people of all ages who have heart conditions can benefit if they have had a:

  • Heart attack
  • Heart condition, such as coronary artery disease (CAD), stable angina or heart failure
  • Heart or lung transplant
  • Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery, valve replacement or repair
  • Heart procedure, percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)- including angioplasty ("ballooning") and/or stenting

What You Can Expect

  • A medical evaluation to determine your needs and limitations, including a medical history, a physical exam and tests to check your overall health. The medical staff uses this information to tailor a program for you and help you set goals.
  • A physical activity program tailored to your needs. Training often starts in a group setting where your heart rate, cardiac rhythm and blood pressure are monitored during physicial activity.
  • Counseling and education about your condition and how to manage it. You may work with a dietitian to create a healthy eating plan. If you smoke, you may receive counseling on how to stop. Counseling may also help you cope with depression, anger and stress during your recovery.
  • Support and training to help you return to work or your normal activities, and to help you learn to manage your heart condition.
  • A long-term maintenance program where you can continue your exercise, education and support group attendance for as long as you like.
  • Support from your family can help make it easier. For example, family members can help you plan healthy meals and do physical activities. The healthy lifestyle changes you learn can benefit your entire family.

What Are The Benefits And Risks Of Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Benefits

  • Decrease pain and the need for medicines to treat heart or chest pain.
  • Lessen the chance that you'll have to go back to the hospital or emergency room.
  • Improve your overall health by reducing your risk factors for heart problems.
  • Improve your quality of life, making it easier for you to work, be socially active and exercise.
  • People who attend on a regular basis also lower their blood pressure, heart rate and cholesterol levels and become more independent and prevent disability.
  • Exercise training may not be safe for all patients. People who have very high blood pressure or severe heart disease may not be ready to exercise. These patients can still benefit from other parts of the program.

Risks

The lifestyle changes you will make have few risks. At first, physical activity is safer in the rehab setting than at home. Your team will watch you to make sure you're safe. They'll check your blood pressure during your exercise training and use an EKG (electrocardiogram) to monitor how your heart reacts and adapts to exercise. After some training, most people learn to exercise safely at home.

Very rarely, serious problems occur during physical activity-we have an emergency response team including cardiologists and nurses available.

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