If you're adjusting to life after a heart attack or you're living with certain other heart diseases, cardiac rehabilitation may help you feel better than you thought possible. Just because you have had heart problems- or have been told you are at risk for heart disease-you don't have to become a spectator. Trust your heart to Humboldt General Hospital and begin building a better life today.
What is cardiac rehab?
Cardiac rehab is an outpatient exercise and education program designed to help heart patients reduce or control cardiac risk factors, improve cardiovascular fitness and adjust to living with heart disease.
Are you a rehab candidate?
Cardiac rehab is designed for anyone with an existing or potential heart problem. Your physician can determine if our program is for you. Generally, our program benefits patients who have:
- Suffered a heart attack.
- Had coronary artery bypass graft.
- Heart failure.
- Undergone angioplasty or stents.
- A heart pacemaker.
- Had a heart transplant.
Benefits of cardiac rehab
You've heard that exercise can help prevent heart disease before it starts. But it also helps people with current heart conditions. Even light exercise can make a positive difference in your overall health. A structured and monitored exercise program can lower your pulse, blood pressure, and cholesterol while helping you function better in everyday life. The benefits don't stop there.
By being informed and taking positive steps to reduce your risks, you'll gain confidence, feel an improved sense of well-being, and have a renewed interest in life.
How cardiac rehab works
You'll exercise one to three times a week. Your exercise sessions will be one-on-one and monitored by a professional. During each session, your heart rate and rhythm will be continuously monitored. Your exercise "prescription" will be adjusted throughout your program as your cardiovascular health improves. Progress reports will be sent to your physician. Of course, our center has the medical equipment necessary to handle any emergency situation. In addition to exercise, we emphasize education for both you and your family. This education focuses on nutritional guidance, stress management and modification of risk factors.
What you need to know
- A physician's referral is required.
- Medicare and most insurance companies cover cardiac rehab costs when ordered by your physician.
For more information about the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Humboldt General Hospital, please contact our Wellness Coordinator at 775.623.5222, ext. 1297.