Cardiac rehabilitation is a behavior modification program designed to teach people how to exercise safely, eat a heart-healthy diet and manage stress. The exercise is conducted in a medically supervised and structured setting, with each exercise program individually designed by exercise physiologists and cardiac nurses to meet the participant's particular needs and abilities.
One-on-one counseling with a dietitian assists participants in developing and adhering to a heart-healthy diet. A health behavior counselor is available to help participants cope with all of the changes in lifestyle that occur when one is diagnosed with heart disease or risk factors for heart disease.
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Suburban Hospital's Cardiac Rehabilitation program is appropriate for those individuals who have been diagnosed with or are candidates for:
- Heart attack/myocardial infarction
- Heart valve replacement/repairs
- Stable angina
- Coronary artery bypass graft surgery
- PTCA stents
Suburban Hospital's Cardiac Rehabilitation Program consists of the following phases:
- Phase I: Occurs while you are still in the hospital and consists of bedside education sessions and preparation for discharge to home or another facility
- Phase II: Lifestyle changes, on an outpatient basis, for those who have just been diagnosed with heart disease. Participants attend the program three days a week for approximately three months
- Phase III/Maintenance: Ongoing exercise and support for those people who have completed a Phase II program
To find out more about Suburban Hospital's Cardiac Rehab Program, call 301-896-2096. You may also contact your physician and inform him/her of your interest in cardiac rehabilitation. Your physician will need to send a referral form along with other health history information to get you enrolled in the program.
If you need to find a physician, call 1-855-JHM-3939.