Cardiac rehabilitation, also known as “cardiac rehab,” is a program that helps people recover from heart disease. People who follow a cardiac rehab program feel better, live longer and lead healthier lives. Cardiac rehab is beneficial for those who have had:
- a heart attack or other forms of heart disease, such as angina
- bypass surgery, coronary angioplasty, stent placement or other heart surgery or
- a heart transplant
Cardiac rehab programs focus on exercise, education, counseling and behavior change. Exercise is usually done in a group setting, but is personalized to each patient’s specific need. Education focuses on managing heart disease, meeting dietary goals, understanding self-management, and following a treatment plan. Counseling identifies high-risk behaviors. Behavior change skills help participants adopt low-risk, healthy behaviors.
Cardiac rehab programs are crucial for recovery. A program may be started when a heart disease patient is in the hospital and may last from several weeks to several months. The rehab team is made up of nurses, doctors, therapists, dietitians and other specialists. It is important to adhere to instructions, ask questions and report any symptoms. Heart monitoring is always available. Be sure to check with your insurance company before starting a cardiac rehab program to find out what benefits you have.
For more information about Fort Loudoun Medical Center’s cardiac rehabilitation or wellness program, contact Fort Loudoun Medical Center Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center at (865) 271-6030.
For more heart health information, contact your local chapter of the American Heart Association, call the national office at (800) 242-8721, or visit its website at www.americanheart.org. For information on patient support groups, call Mended Hearts, Inc. at (888) 432-7899 or visit the website at www.mendedhearts.org.
Disclaimer: This content is reviewed periodically and is subject to change as new health information becomes available. The information provided is intended to be informative and educational and is not a replacement for professional medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional.
Information for Heart Failure Patients – Fort Loudoun Medical Center has a resource booklet available for patients being treated for heart failure. This booklet includes details about heart failure, how it is diagnosed and treated and lifestyle information for those seeking to be as healthy and active as possible while dealing with heart failure. The booklet also contains tracking sheets to record information that will be helpful for you and your healthcare provider, as well as a list of helpful resources and service within Covenant Health.
To read the booklet online or download a printable copy, click here.