Having heart surgery, experiencing a heart attack or developing a heart-related disease, can be frightening and mark a significant change in your life. The good news is that many heart conditions can be treated and further problems can often be prevented.
Wesley’s 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, that is why the education and support provided by a rehabilitation program is especially important.
Who should participate?
People with acute or chronic cardiovascular disease are the best candidates for our outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program. These can include:
- Coronary artery bypass surgery
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart attack
- Congestive heart failure
- Heart valve surgery
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Other cardiovascular risk factors
What are benefits of participating?
- Mange your heart health
- Gain strength and stamina
- Perform daily activities with less effort
- Return to work faster
- Lower blood pressure
- Control stress
- Improve self-confidence and emotional health
- Exercise in a safe, medically supervised gym
What does the program include?
The program teaches patients the causes of heart disease, how to prevent heart disease and how treatment affects bodily systems. In addition, the program educates on how to recondition the human body, how to establish a safe and effective exercise program and how to enhance quality of life by managing stress, smoking and diet more effectively.
The outpatient program begins seven to ten days after leaving the hospital. It includes three one-hour visits to cardiac rehab 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 change is provided throughout the program, either one-on-one with the staff or in a presentation during an exercise session.
At the end of the program, patients can continue exercising in a supervised program in cardiac rehab, or on their own. The most important thing is to make appropriate exercise a lifelong habit!
Wesley’s cardiac rehab program has been certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) since 2007. The 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 about Wesley’s outpatient cardiac rehabilitation, please call (316) 962-8091.