Cardiac Services Interventional Cardiology

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Getting Back on the Road to a Healthy Heart

Once you have been diagnosed and a course of treatment determined, it’s critically important to follow your doctor’s directions. 

If medications have been prescribed, take them exactly as directed, in the proper doses and on schedule. Be sure to schedule all necessary follow-up appointments so that your physician can keep track of your progress and head off any problems that may arise.

If you have experienced a heart attack, bypass surgery or angina in the past year, it is likely that your physician will recommend that you participate in our 12-week, medically supervised Cardiac Rehabilitation program to help you on your road to recovery.

Our Cardiac Rehabilitation team works with you to create a customized plan to help you feel stronger and return to a full and productive life. The program includes monitored exercises and consultations regarding dietary and behavioral changes, as well as information for improving your heart health.

Various types of equipment are available to help you reach your rehabilitation goals, including treadmills, exercise bicycles and arm bicycles

It is important that you maintain healthy habits to facilitate your recovery. Other heart healthy habits that will keep you going strong include:

  • Reduce Stress – Take 30 minutes each day to listen to relaxing music, enjoy an outdoor stroll or try yoga or meditation. There are many yoga and meditation DVDs available to use at home.
  • Eat Healthy – Add more fruits and vegetables and reduce fatty and “junk” foods.
  • Stop Smoking – Discuss the different options available with your physician. Team up with a smoker friend to stop smoking together and promise yourself a reward for success.
  • Monitor Your Blood Pressure — Have it checked at least annually, more frequently if your physician recommends it.
  • Keep Your Diabetes Under Control — Diabetics are more likely to have cardiac disease. Be vigilant about your diet and medications.
  • Lose Weight – Waist measurements of over 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women lead to a higher risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Medicare and most insurance plans will cover the cost of cardiac rehabilitation. Prospective patients should contact their insurance company for coverage information.

For more information, call the Heart Clinic at (706) 845-3274.