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What role does a psychologist play during a cardiac rehabilitation program?

What role does a psychologist play during a cardiac rehabilitation program?

Help with stress: Many people with cardiac disease become stressed, anxious and/or depressed. These are distressing in themselves and can interfere in full participation in the physical aspects of rehab. Psychologists can be of enormous help with these problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Is there a risk of heart attack during a cardiac rehabilitation program?

Yes, but: There is always a risk of heart attack in people who have coronary artery disease - day and night, 24x7. That said, the risk is exceptionally low in cardiac rehab. Moreover, if you're destined to have a heart attack, can you think of a better place (that is, where you could get the most immediate attention?). ...Read more

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What help is provided by a vocational counselor during a cardiac rehabilitation program?

What help is provided by a vocational counselor during a cardiac rehabilitation program?

Back to work: Vocational or occupational therapy is important in rehabilitation to help one return to his/her capacity to get back to his/her previous occupation and to return to work --. ...Read more

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What diet should a cardiac patient be placed on during a cardiac rehabilitation program?

What diet should a cardiac patient be placed on during a cardiac rehabilitation program?

Healthy: Low is saturated fat ( less than 10% of all calories) high in unsaturated fats 10-15% of all calories complex carbohydrates with whole grains, legumes fresh fruits and vegetables as 65% of the calories in the diet. Protein from fish, lean meats, etc as 10-20% of the diet. Aim for 5-7 fresh fruits and vegetables a day and 20-30 g of fiber a day. ...Read more

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What precautions are taken before and after exercise during a cardiac rehabilitation program?

What precautions are taken before and after exercise during a cardiac rehabilitation program?

Constant monitoring: It depends on what stage of rehab one is in, but at the beginning (stage 1) an individual is exercising under constant supervision with telemetry and frequent vital signs. As one progresses, the exercise intensity increases and frequency of vitals decrwase. ...Read more

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How long does a cardiac rehabilitation program generally last?

Phase 1, 2 and 3: Phase 1 occurs in hospital, where patients are introduced to risk factor modification. Phase 2 is outpatient supervised exercise (with telemetry monitors on you) and lasts 12 weeks/ 36 sessions (nothing magic about the number, it's just that's how medicare and insurances pay). Phase 3, it's individual rehabilitation, continuing on without monitoring and usually paying a small out of pocket fee. ...Read more

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What is recommended preparation for an obese patient undergoing a cardiac rehabilitation program?

What is recommended preparation for an obese patient undergoing a cardiac rehabilitation program?

Cardiac rehab: A baseline treadmill stress test is useful to provide an exercise prescription. This helps tell us the boundaries that can be safely set for an exercise workload for a particular patient. This will vary from patient to patient. It is also something that we can measure progress against over time. ...Read more

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What are the adverse effects of beta blockers during cardiac rehabilitation?

What are the adverse effects of beta blockers during cardiac rehabilitation?

Beta blockers: Beta blockers are the drug of choice for cardiac patients for prevention of future coronary events. The drug can lower the peak heart rate during exercise. However, patients can continue to get a good training effect even on the beta blockers. The benefits of the drugs far outweigh the potential risks unless the person has severe asthma that could be potentially made worse by the beta blockers. ...Read more

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Do cardiac rehabilitation programs address sex?

Do cardiac rehabilitation programs address sex?

Yes: As cardiac rehab involves supervised exercise and advising the patient as to what types of exercise can be done, the issure of sexual activity should be discussed with the patient. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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