Get Your Heart Healthy Again with Cardiac Rehab
A cardiac event can be a traumatizing experience for patients and family members alike. In the immediate aftermath, the lingering uncertainty and fear can make the path to recovery seem far off. Though the days after a cardiac event may be fraught with anxiety for the future, a long and healthy life is still within reach thanks to cardiac rehabilitation. Learn how this program can help you rebuild your strength and enjoy your life once again.
What Is Cardiac Rehab?
According to the American Heart Association, cardiac rehab is a “medically supervised program designed to improve your cardiovascular health.” Usually prescribed after a medical event like a heart attack, heart failure, angioplasty, or heart surgery, cardiac rehab consists of numerous components that work together to strengthen patients’ hearts and help patients adopt healthier lifestyles. These can include:
- Exercise and training — Cardiac rehab incorporates physical activities that stimulate cardiovascular activity.
- Education — Patients will learn how to manage risk factors such as diet and lifestyle choices (e.g., quitting smoking and physical activity).
Who Needs Cardiac Rehab?
At Culbertson Memorial Hospital, cardiac rehab is part of a larger program called cardiopulmonary rehab, which is designed for patients with both heart and lung conditions. Our program is designed for patients who have experienced the following illnesses:
- Heart attacks
- Heart failure
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)
- Stable angina
- Peripheral artery disease
- Persistent asthma
- Pulmonary fibrosis
Cardiopulmonary rehab is also for patients who have had heart and lung procedures and/or surgery such as:
- Coronary artery bypass
- Coronary stenting
- Valve replacements
- Heart or lung transplants
- Lung volume reduction surgery
What Are the Benefits?
In addition to helping patients regain the strength needed to enjoy their lives, cardiac rehab offers a wide range of other benefits, including but not limited to:
- Improved cardiovascular fitness
- Improved cholesterol levels
- Decreased blood glucose levels
- Improved blood pressure
- Improved flexibility
- Improved blood circulation
- Increased functional ability
- Healthier lifestyle
- Provides patients with education on prevention
- Provides patient with social support from other patients