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Cardiac Rehabilitation

Experiencing a heart attack or developing heart disease can be frightening and mark a significant change in your life. The good news is that many heart-related problems can be treated, and further problems can often be prevented.

Our outpatient cardiac rehabilitation services help people with heart disease continue their recovery by achieving a healthy, active lifestyle and restoring the heart to its highest possible level of functioning. Making lifestyle changes can be challenging, especially as we get older. That's why the education and support provided by a rehabilitation program is especially important.

Wesley’s program has been certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) since 2007. The AACVPR certification is the only peer-reviewed accreditation process designed to review programs based on their alignment with the latest evidence-based medicine, expert opinion, current regulations and measurement of individualized patient outcomes.

For more information, please call (316) 962-8091.

Cardiac rehabilitation is usually appropriate for patients who:

  • Have experienced a heart attack or chest pain
  • Have undergone a procedure such as balloon angioplasty or stent implantation
  • Have had cardiac bypass or valve surgery

The exercise, education and nutrition components of the program teach:

  • The causes of heart disease, how to prevent heart disease, and how treatment affects bodily systems
  • How to recondition the heart and other muscle groups
  • How to establish a safe and effective exercise program
  • How to enhance quality of life by managing stress, smoking and diet more effectively

The outpatient program

The outpatient program begins seven to 10 days after leaving the hospital. It includes three one-hour visits to Health Strategies each week. Heart rate and blood pressure are monitored at the beginning, middle and end of each exercise session, while a pocket-sized monitor records heart rhythm and rate during exercise. A variety of exercises using stationary bicycles, treadmills, weights and specialized devices for upper-body conditioning are practiced.

Education about risk factors and lifestyle changes is provided throughout the program, either one-on-one with the staff or in a classroom setting.

At the end of the program, patients can continue exercising in a supervised program at Health Strategies or individually. The most important thing is to make appropriate exercise a lifelong habit.