Cardiac rehabilitation programs aim to help people who have had a heart attack or other
cardiac event make the changes they need for a healthy lifestyle. In a rehab program, health professionals will work with you to show you how to watch your blood pressure, help you stop smoking, alter your diet, and set up an exercise routine.
Most people who have had a heart attack get a great deal of benefit out of a cardiac rehab program. Rehab helps the person who has had a heart attack take control of his or her own recovery. And taking control is what will make recovery work. The goal of rehab is to form habits that will make and keep you healthy.
Methodist’s Cardiac Rehab Program can help patients during their recovery and throughout their lives. Hospitalized patients may begin cardiac rehab with non-strenuous activities such as sitting up in bed, doing range-of-motion exercises, and walking.
During early recovery, which may last from two to 12 weeks, patients gradually increase their activity level under the close supervision of cardiac rehab specialists and may do moderate exercises at home. Long-term cardiac rehab may continue for the rest of a patient’s life. It may include exercise at home and at Methodist’s Cardiac Rehab center, along with continuing education on diet, weight loss, and lifestyle choices.
Methodist’s Cardiac Rehab Program offers an individualized plan of monitored exercise and education in a medically supervised environment. A physician’s referral is required, so if your doctor hasn’t talked with you about a cardiac rehabilitation program, you should ask about it.
Recovering from a heart attack means changing your life in positive ways—not smoking, lowering cholesterol, controlling blood pressure, staying active, and forming partnerships with health professionals. Those steps don’t just reduce your risk and fear of another heart attack. They also make life healthier and more fun.
Talk to your doctor about a referral to Methodist’s Cardiac Rehab Program or call (865) 835-5234.