As we celebrate Heart Month, we recognize the important role that cardiac rehabilitation plays in stopping the progression of heart disease. This week, February 9 – 15, is cardiac rehabilitation week.
So how does cardiac rehabilitation help stop heart disease from progressing?
It helps through personalized education and exercise. A team of specialists, including cardiologists, registered nurses, exercise physiologists, dietitians, certified diabetes educators and licensed psychologists work together to develop plans for each participant.
The team assesses and monitors participants during exercise to ensure safety. They also provide a variety of education that may include diet and nutrition guidance, emotional and spiritual support, as well as education and advice – such as how to exercise at home and how to grocery shop for heart healthy food.
People who may benefit from cardiac rehabilitation include those recovering from or experiencing:
- Heart attack
- Angioplasty or stent
- Bypass surgery
- Valve repair or replacement
- Congestive heart failure
- Heart transplant
- And other cardiovascular events
In addition to reducing the progression of heart disease, cardiac rehab improves quality of life, helping people such as two Montgomery County police officers who had heart attacks on the same day. After receiving emergency care, their physicians enrolled them both in cardiac rehab at the Center for Fitness and Health.
“I can’t say enough about the cardiac rehab team. They’re always checking on you and supporting you,” said Officer James Lanham.
This cardiac rehab week, learn how the cardiac rehab team can support you or a loved one.