Once you’ve had a heart attack or other cardiovascular event, your risk of having another one increases exponentially. To help you get your strength back after having suffered from heart problems and to reduce your chances of a recurring incident, participate fully in a cardiac rehabilitation program.
Cardiac rehabilitation is a complete program that addresses all the issues involved with heart health. The program often includes your doctor, physical therapist, nutritionist and behavior modification specialists to help you design and stick to a regimen geared toward a healthier you.
The ideas and practices involved in cardiac rehabilitation include solutions for anyone with high risk factors for heart disease. Those who might benefit most from an intervention of cardiac rehab include people who:
- Have had a heart attack
- Had open heart surgery
- Now have a stent or pacemaker
- Had any kind of cardiac surgery
With a cardiac rehabilitation program, you benefit from the:
- Nutrition and diet plans
- Personal counseling services
- Exercise and physical fitness programs
- Introduction to others in cardiac rehabilitation
- Education about things like how to measure body fat and check your heart rate
- Regular assessment tests including echo stress test and evaluations
- Continued support
Tweak the Program for You
Each cardiac rehabilitation program can be personally tweaked to fit your needs and lifestyle. You may only need six weeks of intensive support before you resume an active life that includes nutritious meal planning and either sports participation or regular exercise. On the other hand, you may need a full year of rehabilitation before you are ready to head out to continue the lifestyle on your own. It varies.
Whatever kind of program you and your doctor choose, the professionals working with you provide your cardiologist with updates. At the same time, regular visits to your doctor allows direct monitoring of your progress, assuming you’ve followed your rehab instructions closely. Your doctor will be able to tell.
Reap the Rewards
Cardiac rehabilitation should become a positive experience for you if you’ve had heart problems in the past. Not only are you given access to a wealth of knowledge and opportunity, you’ll notice that you feel so much better too. Your coaches and supporters help you to:
- Work out at a pace that’s comfortable for you and that challenges you at the same time
- Manage your stress levels because you’ll meet people with whom you can relate and who are willing to listen and provide helpful advice
- Quit smoking if necessary to give you more energy and lung capacity to work out longer with increased vitality
Staying with the program can help you make a serious dent in your risk factors for another cardiac event. To better ensure that you stick with it long enough to reap the rewards, look for a cardiac rehabilitation program that has these amenities:
- It’s held at a convenient time that you can work into your schedule with as few disruptions as possible.
- The program is covered by your insurance or is within an affordable range.
- The setting is one in which you can thrive. For example, if you do better in a group, a public setting like a fitness facility in a hospital or therapy clinic may best serve your needs. If you realize that you do best on your own, you may prefer private lessons in your home.
- You get all the services you need.
- The facility is easily accessible for you or your home is set up to accommodate a rigorous rehab program.
Medically Supervised Rehab Is Optimal
You may believe that you know the best way to help your body heal. You may think you know how to exercise and eat right. Maybe you don’t smoke and you’ve been practicing yoga for years to relieve stress. Even so, you should stick with a medically supervised rehab for at least the first three-to-six months following your treatment or heart surgery.
You need to have your blood pressure, heart rate and other factors monitored after you’ve undergone a heart-related procedure. And your doctor won’t release you until he is certain that your recovery will go as planned, that the procedure was a success and that you are prepared to continue to follow the plan that gets you back to optimal health — and keeps you there.
Get more information about cardiac rehabilitation programs from NYC Cardiology, Manhattan Cardiovascular Associates where heart health is all that matters. Better yet, come in for a meeting with one of the expert cardiologists.
Get more information about cardiac rehabilitation programs from NYC Cardiology, Manhattan Cardiovascular Associates where heart health is all that matters. Better yet, come in for a meeting with one of the expert cardiologists in Midtown NYC, Dr. Michael Ghalchi.
Dr. Michael Ghalchi, Cardiologist (Cardiologist NYC, Midtown)
New York, NY 10010
(Between Madison Ave & Park Ave)
☎ (212) 686-0066