About Our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
At Bayshore Medical Center, our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), a national association comprised of health care professionals who strive to reduce morbidity, mortality and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary disease through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research and disease management.
Our program aids in getting cardiac patients back to recovering quickly after surgery and to help re-gain energy to get back to living their lives. This unique program, specifically for patients who have experienced a heart attack, angioplasty, coronary bypass surgery, congestive heart failure, or angina, will receive patient education, physical and mental exercises and cardiac maintenance.
Bayshore’s three-step cardiac rehabilitation program consists of:
- Phase I – Inpatient Education
During a patient’s stay at Bayshore, information on the particular cardiac condition is reviewed and healing progress monitored.
- Phase II – Outpatient Program
A supervised EKG-monitored exercise program is designed for each patient, encompassing the use of the treadmill, stationary bike, arm ergometer, wall pulleys, rower, and hand weights. During this phase, diet is evaluated, plus nutritional counseling, stress management techniques and educational talks are offered.
- Phase III – Maintenance
This final stage is centered on a patient’s independent exercise program. Based on medical staff recommendations, patients will increase their exercise routine, monitoring their own heart rate, and become comfortable with exercising on their own.
This program is unique to the patient needs and is developed alongside the patient and their care team—which includes a cardiac specialist, nurses, exercise physiologists and nutritionists. Together, they establish an exercise regimen in the hospital’s rehabilitation center where progress is carefully and continuously tracked by using the most up-to-date cardiac monitoring technology system.
Frequently Asked Questions
How important is cardiac rehab?
Cardiac rehab is extremely important, as it can help to prevent a heart attack from occurring. Not only can it potentially prevent a heart attack, but it can also help to build healthy heart habits to reduce the risk of another cardiac episode from occurring down the line.
How does cardiac rehab help my heart?
Cardiac rehab helps to strengthen your heart and body after a heart attack through developing healthier food choices, helping to reduce or eliminate stress, working with cardiac experts and your doctor to make sure that you are meeting and exceeding cardiac and overall health goals, reducing your risk of developing other health issues, such as diabetes or stroke and ensuring that you are staying consistent with your prescribed medication.
Who needs cardiac rehabilitation?
Patients who have had the following medical conditions are candidates for cardiac rehabilitation:
- Heart attack
- Coronary bypass surgery
- Congestive heart failure
- Valve Replacement/Repair
- Pacemaker/defibrillator insertion
How long should I be enrolled in a cardiac rehab program?
Generally, the Initial Phase II program is about 12 weeks (3 months or a total 36 visits). After the first 36 visits, patients can transition to Phase III card rehab which is same exercise as phase II without wearing a cardiac monitor.