Happy Heart Month! This week, we celebrate National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week. So what is cardiac rehabilitation and why is it important enough to have its own week?

Cardiac rehabilitation is an exercise and education program designed to prevent the progression of heart disease and improve quality of life after a heart attack or other heart condition. Unlike a typical fitness facility, a multidisciplinary team of specialists assesses and monitors the person during rehabilitation to ensure their safety.

People that benefit include those with or recovering from:

  • Heart attack,
  • Angioplasty or stent,
  • Bypass surgery,
  • Valve repair or replacement,
  • Congestive heart failure,
  • Heart transplant,
  • Angina,
  • And other cardiovascular events.

Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center offers cardiac rehabilitation in its newly renovated Center for Fitness and Health, located at 9715 Medical Center Drive in Rockville. About 24,000 patients are treated annually at the Center, which is Nationally Certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. The Center is there every step of the way during a patient’s recovery, not only with monitored exercise, but with diet and nutrition guidance, emotional and spiritual support, and education and advice – including how to exercise at home and how to grocery shop for heart healthy food.

Heart attack patients such as Karen Reed of Rockville, have expressed their positive experience with the Center stating, “[The Center for Fitness and Health] has been fantastic. I love the attention, the care and the monitoring.”

If you or a loved one has suffered from a cardiac condition, our Center is here to help you receive the benefits that Karen has.  Learn how at ShadyGroveAdventistHospital.com/CFH  or by calling 240-826-6662.

Happy Cardiac Rehabilitation Week and as always, remember to stay heart healthy!