Cardiac Rehabilitation is a medically supervised, comprehensive program of exercise, support and education for people with heart disease to help them to achieve health and inspire them to thrive.
Who uses a cardiac rehabilitation program?
People of all ages may benefit if they have heart conditions such as:
- Heart attack
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Angina (chest pain)
- Heart procedure
- Heart surgery
- Heart transplant
Is cardiac rehabilitation covered by insurance?
Medicare and most private insurance companies will cover a major percentage of the cost and percentages of reimbursement will vary. Check with your insurance to verify coverage and reimbursement.
What are the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation?
- Improve overall health by reducing the risk factors for heart problems.
- Decrease chest pain, and medication used to treat heart disease.
- Decrease the chance that patients will need to return to the hospital.
- Lower blood pressure, heart rate and cholesterol levels and allow patients to become more independent and prevent disability.
Are there risks associated with cardiac rehabilitation?
Lifestyle changes have few risks and many benefits. At first, physical activity is safer in the clinical rehabilitation setting than at home. Teams will include a cardiologist, a specially trained cardiac rehabilitation nurse, and an exercise physiologist. They will check blood pressure and monitor EKG which will tell the team how the heart reacts and adapts to exercise. After some training, most people learn to exercise safely on their own. Exercise training may not be safe for all patients. People who have high blood pressure or severe heart disease may not be ready to exercise. Consult your cardiologist before beginning an exercise regimen.
Very rarely, serious problems occur during physical activity. There is an emergency response team, including cardiologists and nurses, available on site should the need arise.
What To Expect From Cardiac Rehabilitation:
- Enrollment is ongoing and patients may schedule an intake interview once cleared by their cardiologist.
- A medical evaluation to determine your needs and limitations.
- A physical activity program tailored to your needs. Your heart rate, cardiac rhythm and blood pressure are monitored during physical activity. Sessions are 3 days a week for 1 hour, lasting for 8-12 weeks.
- Counseling & Education includes: information regarding your heart condition, a healthy eating plan and how to stop smoking, as well as strategies for coping with depression, anger and stress management during your recovery.
- Support and training to help you set health goals, return to work or your normal activities and help to learn to manage your heart condition.
- A long-term maintenance program to continue your exercise and heart healthy education.
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