According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute cardiac rehabilitation is a “medically supervised program that helps improve the health and well-being of people who have heart problems.” Essentially, it’s a way to recover after heart trauma. Usually, it includes exercise, health education, and medical heart counseling from a cardiologist. Overall, it’s a service provided by Central Georgia Heart Center for patients that are in cardiology recovery. Our mission is to return you to an active and fulfilling life with a stable cardiovascular system.
Who Needs It?
- Patients who recently experienced a heart attack or stroke
- Patients with heart conditions like Coronary Artery Disease, angina, history of heart failure or other heart diseases
- Patients who recently underwent heart surgery. This includes bypass, coronary intervention, coronary angioplasty, valve replacement, or pacemaker.
How Can Cardiac Rehabilitation Help You?
- It can help you regain strength after a heart attack or an open heart surgery.
- Prevent issues that a cardiologist may foresee in your future.
- Deal with coronary heart disease symptoms. Including issues like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, and an inability to deal with stress.
- Create new healthy habits that improve your quality of life.
- Provide you with one on one care and advice from cardiac rehabilitation specialists.
Who Helps With Cardiac Rehabilitation?
Usually, there is a whole team of cardiologists and nurse practitioners that help you transform your heart health. Combining exercise, proper nutrition, and sometimes a counselor or stress therapist can help you track your care and succeed. Be sure that your cardiologist provides you with a well-rounded approach to cardiac rehabilitation.
How Long Does Cardiac Rehabilitation Take?
Your cardiac rehabilitation is dependent on your specific needs. They can vary from 6 weeks to 6 months. Some patients in dire situations need cardiac rehabilitation periodically their entire life.