Heart problems affect more than your heart. pt Health can help you understand how your overall health and daily habits need to change when diagnosed with a heart condition.
pt Health Cardiac Rehab is a medically supervised program that is designed to smoothly guide you towards the improved health and well-being of your heart and body.
If you have suffered from a heart attack, heart surgery, have experienced heart failure or have heart disease, Cardiac Rehab is critical for your recovery process.
Cardiac rehabilitation programs help people make life changes that help to ensure a healthier future. Cardiac rehab is an essential part of the recovery process for those individuals who have had a heart attack, experienced heart surgery, or have been diagnosed with any type of heart disease.
Cardiac rehabilitation programs usually involve a specific physical exercise prescription and diet adjustments. Patients are educated about heart health and healthy living and receive counseling to help reduce stress and blood pressure. The exercise program - an important part of cardiac rehabilitation - is adapted to meet every individual patient’s needs. Each patient is given the tools they need to address their specific condition.
The pt Health Cardiac Rehabilitation program is dedicated to keeping patients healthy and safe.
Any patient who has experienced heart ailments or who has had heart surgery should consider cardiac rehab an essential part of their recovery process. The therapy not only improves the functioning of the heart but also boosts overall health and prevents future problems and risk of more serious outcomes.
Cardiac exercise programs - which are an integral part of cardiac rehabilitation - are adapted to meet every patient’s needs. The therapeutic approach to exercise varies depending on the patient’s specific heart problem and other related factors.
Does smoking impede the progress of cardiac rehabilitation?
Yes, smoking can slow down the progress of the program. Cardiac rehabilitation experts agree that smoking can be a huge risk factor for cardiac arrest.
What kinds of exercises are performed in cardiac rehabilitation?
The exercises will be focused mostly on improving cardiovascular function. Some of the cardiovascular exercises include walking, bicycling, light jogging or swimming. These aerobic activities are performed according to your fitness level and the advice of a pt Health therapist. The intensity and duration of the exercises will be closely monitored by a doctor.
Is cardiac rehabilitation applicable to all types of heart ailments?
In short, yes. Almost anyone with cardiac issues can benefit from cardiac rehabilitation. Cardiac rehabilitation can help patients suffering from congestive heart failure, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, and heart attack. Patients who have an implanted pacemaker or have had a heart transplant, those who have chronic heart failure, peripheral arterial disease, and other forms of cardiovascular disease can also benefit from cardiac rehabilitation. It is also useful for patients with congenital cardiovascular disease, who may or may not have undergone surgery.
Who composes the cardiac rehabilitation team?
A cardiac rehabilitation team may include physicians (such as a heart specialist, family doctor, and a surgeon), physiotherapists, dieticians, nutritionists, nurses, and occupational therapists.
pt Health therapy services are covered by most extended health insurance companies and in some cases Veterans Affairs and Medicare - such as OHIP (Ontario), Alberta Health Care and Medical Service Plan MSP (British Columbia). Not sure if you're covered? No problem. We can help you find out (and usually within the hour). Just call us toll free at 1-866-749-7461.
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The Cardiac Rehabilitation, Exercise Training, and Preventive Cardiology Research at Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute, Department of Cardiology, Ochsner Clinic, New Orleans, Louisiana published a research summary on the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation and exercise training in relation to cardiac risk factors.
The Department of Public Health & Epidemiology, University of Birmingham, BACR Scientific Programme Committee has published a research summary on cardiac rehabilitation which evaluated the relative effectiveness and cost advantages of a home-based program of cardiac rehabilitation using the Heart Manual, with centre-based programs in patients who have experienced a myocardial infarction (MI) or coronary revascularization in the previous 12 weeks.
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