Rehab for the Heart

9/20/2017

Only five states outside of Louisiana have a higher population of its adult residents suffer a heart attack. If you have heart disease or a cardiac event (like a heart attack), your first exercise may be through a medically supervised program called Cardiac Rehabilitation. 

 Cardiac Rehab reduces the risk of a future cardiac events by stabilizing, slowing or even reversing the progression of heart disease.  It involves structured exercise, education about your heart, healthy living, how to manage your current condition, and a plan for helping to prevent more heart problems.  The fully-monitored sessions will help you safely build tolerance for activity and improve the strength of your heart so you can return to normal everyday tasks.

Cardiac Rehab is recommended after recent heart attack, angioplasty, open heart surgery, chronic chest pain, heart failure, heart transplant or valve replacement.
Medicare provides reimbursement for the recommended conditions except congestive heart failure. Cardiac Rehab sessions consist of 36 sessions over 36 weeks with the option for an additional 36 sessions.

Some of the documented benefits of Cardiac Rehab include a 20-30% reduction in all-cause mortality rates; reduced symptoms (chest pain, difficulty breathing, fatigue); reduction in nonfatal recurrent heart attacks; improved adherence with preventive medications; increased exercise performance; improved health factors like lipids and blood pressure; increased knowledge about heart disease and its management; enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living; improved health-related quality-of-life and psychosocial symptoms; reduced hospitalizations and use of medical resources; and increased ability to return to work or engage in leisure activities.

St. Martin Hospital (SMH) is excited to announce its new Cardiac Rehab program. Dedicated to excellence, this program is monitored by a registered nurse with 19 years of experience in acute care, and a degree in Exercise Physiology. Cardiac Rehab is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with sessions at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

For enrollment, contact your physician.  For more information regarding the Cardiac Rehab program, contact St. Martin Hospital (337) 442-6506.

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