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NorthCrest Cardiac Rehabilitation

Education – Exercise – Lifestyle
Learning to lead a healthy lifestyle pays you big dividends in the way you look, how you feel, and the quality of your life. That becomes even more important when you have heart disease. By working with NorthCrest Medical Center’s professional staff, you can learn to make wise decisions leading toward a fuller life.

How does cardiac rehabilitation help?
Your rehab combines education and exercise. Education begins as you learn to recognize the lifestyle and risk factors contributing to your heart disease. You will also feel the benefits when you enhance your education with supervised exercise. The staff will monitor your breathing, heart rhythm and rate, and blood pressure while you exercise under guidance.

Two phases of cardiac rehabilitation
Phase I begins in the hospital with low-level activity to help you get stronger. You’ll learn facts about heart disease and how lifestyle changes will help your recovery.

Phase II may continue for 12 weeks. Your exercise program helps you increase your strength and stamina by progressively working longer to a greater intensity. Education focuses on changing cardiac risk factors. The staff customizes an exercise routine you can do safely at home. Classes on managing stress, eating a healthy diet, quitting smoking, and other topics are available. A physician’s referral is required.

Cardiac rehabilitation may prove beneficial if you’ve had:

  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
  • Valve Repair/Replacement Surgery
  • A Pacemaker or Defibrillator Implants
  • Balloon Angioplasty Atherectomy
  • A Heart Transplant
  • Angina Pectoris/Chest Pain

NorthCrest Cardiac Rehab
The NorthCrest Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program involves two phases of cardiac rehab with each tailored to meet the needs and conditions of individual participants. Monitored by ACLS-Certified Exercise Physiologists and RNs, the program includes exercise and education as core elements of each phase. Participants learn about their anatomy, safe activity levels, risk factors, medications, diet, and stress levels as they safely establish good exercise habits.

Cardiac Rehab Education
Education is an important component to rehabilitation. We not only want to reduce your risk factors, stress levels, and increase your confidence in exercising. We want to increase your knowledge on heart disease, its risk factors and how to take back your life from the disease.

We have education classes available each Wednesday during your rehab. Each week we will tackle a different topic. The topics are:

  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Heart
  • Cardiac Procedures
  • Stress Management and Relaxation
  • Nutrition
  • Cooking for Your Heart
  • Diabetes and Exercise
  • Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and Triglycerides
  • Medications
  • Managing Your Risk Factors
  • Nutrition
  • Exercising at Home
  • Heart Attack – Know Your Signs

Each week you will receive handouts, booklets and other forms of education to include in your education folder. You will have a few take home assignments so we can better evaluate your individual needs