Cardiac rehabilitation is a program that can help restore a patient’s quality of life after they suffer a cardiac event. Here’s a breakdown of how the process of cardiac rehabilitation works, and how it can make a significant difference in a patient’s daily life.
Heart disease affects a staggering amount of Americans, with around 610,000 Americans dying of heart disease every year, according to the CDC. Luckily, those who suffer from cardiac events can benefit from cardiac rehab, which is a program that improves cardiovascular health after a heart attack, heart surgery, heart failure, or other cardiac events. Cardiac rehabilitation should always be medically supervised and incorporate heart-healthy lifestyles, exercise, and stress reduction to address past causes of cardiac events and hopefully prevent them from reoccurring.
A regular exercise regimen is crucial to heart health, so exercise counseling and training is a staple of any good cardiac rehabilitation program. This involves learning age- and lifestyle-appropriate exercise techniques to get the blood flowing on a regular basis and improve heart and lung capacities.
Certain lifestyle components, such as smoking, unhealthy diets, or sedentary lifestyles, can increase the risk of cardiac events. With cardiac rehabilitation, patients will receive lifestyle and dining and nutrition counseling to become educated on which risk factors they can avoid. Many programs will create lifestyle plans to create clear and actionable ways to attain a heart-healthy lifestyle.
As stress is a large player in cardiac health, stress reduction is an important part of cardiac rehabilitation. The right cardiac rehabilitation will work with patients to identify acute stressors in their lives and either alleviate the stressor or determine the best coping mechanisms and stress management tips to help reduce the toll stress may take on a patient’s life.
Although short-term rehabilitation can’t undo what happened in one’s past, it can put patients on the path to a healthier future. For more information about cardiac rehabilitation and other healthcare offerings, give Mary Ann Morse Healthcare Center a call at 508.433.4400 or contact us online today.