Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Geary Community Hospital helps patients with a cardiac illness get back to healthy living.
The program is designed to:
· Limit the physiological and psychological effects of cardiac illness
· Reduce the risk for sudden death or relapse
· Control cardiac symptoms
· Stabilize and/or improve the patient’s condition
· Enhance the patient’s quality of life
Through a 6- to-12-week program, patients learn about good dietary habits and risk factor modification and begin an exercise program. In most cases, patients involved in a rehabilitation program are able to return to an active lifestyle with few limitations.
Cardiac rehabilitation begins upon admission to the hospital and follows through recovery to a life of healthy living. The Cardiac Rehab team is staffed by an enthusiastic support group that actively strives to help patients reduce their cardiovascular risk factors.
Cardiac Rehab will help you to manage these following risk factors:
· Smoking cessation
· High blood pressure control
· Elevated blood cholesterol management
· Improve exercise activity
· Proper diet
· Weight management
· Ability to cope with stress
The first phase begins while you are still hospitalized and puts you on the road toward recovery. Through individual counseling and written materials you learn how to modify the risk factors affecting the development of heart disease. Physical conditioning begins at your bedside to increase tolerance for daily activities. The staff will inform you of cardiac rehabilitation facilities near your home.
The second phase allows you to immediately apply the knowledge gained in Phase I. The classes are conducted in the Cardiopulmonary Department at Geary Community Hospital. You begin to see and feel the positive results of modifying risk factors and learn to examine your lifestyle for further risk potential.
For your safety, you wear a telemetry device during your conditioning sessions, which allows the staff to monitor your heart activity. The recommended length of this program is 6 to 12 weeks.
Conditioning sessions are held 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
If you have questions or believe you could benefit from a medically supervised program, call the Cardiac Rehab team at Geary Community Hospital, 785-210-3393.