When a patient undergoes a heart or vascular surgery, recovery and rehabilitation can be a long process. This depends on the invasiveness of the procedure, but proper rehab is extremely important. Baptist offers cardiac rehabilitation services to patients with:
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart attack
- Coronary artery bypass surgery
- Heart valve surgery
- Heart transplants
- Other heart and vascular illnesses
Baptist cardiac care plans generally include rehabilitation to help patients manage illnesses and gain a better understanding of their nutritional needs. Not every patient requires cardiac rehabilitation, so read below for more information on this topic.
Do you need outpatient cardiac rehabilitation?
If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you might be a candidate for our cardiac rehab program:
- Have you been diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease?
- Have you recently had a heart attack, coronary artery bypass surgery, heart valve surgery or angioplasty and stents?
- Do you wish you had more energy and felt better?
- Do you want to learn more about the disease process, what your role is and how to prevent future cardiovascular events?
Baptist's Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
Baptist's cardiac rehabilitation program offers the following:
- Medically-supervised exercise with treadmills, stationary bikes, Nu Steps, Arm ergometer and hand weights.
- Education regarding cardiovascular illnesses and the disease process. Cardiac rehabilitation staff teach disease management to help modify risk factors, including stress.
- Opportunity to meet with dietitians and pharmacists, as needed, for individualized counseling.
- Social interaction with other people who have cardiovascular illnesses.
- Program length depends on individual needs and goals.
- Physician referral is required.
The outcome or goal of the Baptist cardiac rehabilitation program is to not only return patients to the level of physiological, psychological, social and emotional functioning they enjoyed before cardiovascular disease but to help them create a better lifestyle moving forward. Baptist promotes patients' independence and encourages each patient to assume responsibility for their goal setting.
For more information, read our heart and vascular FAQs or contact us today.