Cardiac rehabilitation is a program of exercise, education, and counseling that is designed to help people recover from heart attacks, heart surgery, or other heart conditions. Cardiac rehabilitation is also used to aid patients with chronic heart conditions such as angina and congestive heart failure. The goal of cardiac rehabilitation is to help people improve their cardiovascular health, reduce their risk of future heart problems, and improve their overall quality of life.
Cardiac rehabilitation at Salem Health involves a combination of supervised exercise, education about heart health and lifestyle changes, and counseling to help people manage stress and other emotional issues related to their heart condition.
During cardiac rehabilitation, a team of health care professionals, including doctors, nurses, exercise specialists, and physical therapists, work with each person to develop an individualized treatment plan. This plan may include supervised exercise sessions, education about heart-healthy lifestyle changes, and counseling to help people manage stress and other emotional issues related to their heart condition.
The length and intensity of cardiac rehabilitation varies depending on the individual's needs and goals. Most cardiac rehabilitation programs last for several weeks or months and involve several sessions per week.