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Why Can I Not Do My Cardiac Rehab On My Own
A heart program: It is a medically supervised program for patients after cardiac surgery or angioplasty that has been shown to increase survival and improve strength and confidence. Make sure you ask your doctor about this if you recently had cardiac surgery or procedures! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Exercise/education: Cardiac rehab is a supervised exercise program of gradually increasing intensity. Patients who have had a heart attack, coronary angioplasty or coronary artery bypass surgery are encouraged to enroll in these programs. Most insurances cover these programs because of their ability to speed recovery and decrease recurrent disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multidisciplinary: Cardiac rehab does not have stages as much as it has components. Once someone enters a cardiac rehab program, the staff focuses on aerobic exercise, strength training, stress management, dietary modification, smoking cessation. Each patient will progress at his/her own rate and is monitored closely. Reports are sent back to the physician so he/she may monitor the patient's progress. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Patients can start cardiac rehab about 4 weeks after coronary bypass surgery or valve replacement or myocardial infarction (heart attack). After stent placement without heart damage 2 weeks is about right. A treadmill stress test is done before starting rehab to assess the exercise prescription and absence of ischemia (poor circulation). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not just execise: A nurse and an exercise physiologist evaluate a patient and assess what level of fitness they are and design a program to meet a pespecified goal. They are then given instuctions and meet with a class 2 or 3 times a week. While exrecisiin the pts are monitered and have there blood pressures and rythm checked prior to and after execise. Often dieticians will come and advise as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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