Cardiac Rehabiliation staff members include registered nurses and other clinical providers who have training and experience in treating patients with cardiovascular disease. They are proud to be part of The Heart & Vascular Center at Capital Regional Medical Center.
For patients with heart disease, vital help in getting back to the lifestyle you once enjoyed comes from the experts in Cardiac Rehabilitation. Patients in our program include those who have had surgery or other procedures and those who have been diagnosed with a cardiovascular condition but have not had a surgical or interventional procedure. In either case, Cardiac Rehabilitation uses education, nutrition counseling and carefully supervised exercise to help patients get back to productive and enjoyable lives.
Cardiac Rehabilitation at The Heart & Vascular Center of Capital Regional is designed for the following patients:
- Recovering from a heart attack
- Recovering from coronary bypass or valve replacement surgery
- Following interventional cardiac procedures such as angioplasty and stent placement
- Experiencing stable chest pain
- At high risk of heart disease
- Diagnosed with cardiomyopathy or congestive heart failure
Studies show that programs like the one at Capital Regional offer substantial benefits to people with heart disease. Many of our patients experience the following:
- Faster recovery
- Increased exercise endurance
- Decreased blood pressure and heart rate
- Improved cholesterol and triglyceride levels
- Reduced body fat, improved muscle tone
- Enhanced knowledge of heart disease
- Increased energy and zest for living
Cardiac Rehabilitation for patients of The Heart & Vascular Center at Capital Regional is divided into two phases. Many patients begin the program while still hospitalized and continue as outpatients. Others simply attend our outpatient program.
This phase takes places while you are in the hospital recovery from a heart attack or other condition your doctor feels would benefit from cardiac rehab. During the recovery period, a cardiac rehabilitation staff member visits you in your room and explains the benefits of both inpatient and outpatient programs. Throughout your recovery, we will help you gradually and safely resume physical activity.
It is important to begin this process as early as possible to recover your strength. The rehab process may include low intensity exercise to monitor your heart rate, blood pressure and exercise tolerance. Before you leave the hospital, we will provide educational materials about your condition and options for continued rehabilitation in phase two.
Phase Two, also known as Heart Wellness
The second phase of Cardiac Rehabilitation is a continuation of supervised exercise aimed at maintaining consistent, healthy lifestyle habits. Weekly sessions are available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Additional sessions are available upon request.