Cardiovascular Fitness & Rehabilitation
A cardiovascular fitness and rehabilitation center provides individually prescribed education and exercise for persons with heart disease, those at risk for heart disease, and those motivated towards a healthier lifestyle.
Healthy living habits are crucial in reducing the risk of heart disease. Therefore, a program is based on helping individuals change their habits to reduce their risk for heart disease. Participants are in charge of their own health improvement under professional supervision. Most programs include a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, exercise physiologists and registered dietitians to assist each person in achieving specific lifestyle behaviors. The results are enhanced quality of life and well-being.
Through personalized exercise, nutritional counseling and other risk factor management approaches, individuals regain control of their lifestyle behaviors. Most programs begin with a consultation and interview prior to entering the program. The individual assessment should include a health history and review of risk factors, needs assessment and a plan of care developed and implemented toward a healthier lifestyle.
Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation
Those recovering from a recent heart-related illness or treatment procedure should begin with a personalized program consisting of telemetry monitored and supervised exercise, plus lifestyle modification. The program assists individuals to understand, cope and live successfully with heart disease. Individuals enter the program with a physician's referral after stabilization and hospital discharge. The individual's physician participates in the plan of care and receives reports on their progress. Each participant in this phase of the program should have an individualized consultation with a registered dietitian.
Cardiac Fitness Program
A cardiac fitness program serves individuals with stable heart disease, those who are at a health risk or those who want to enhance their physical and psychological well-being. With a physician's clearance, participants begin a progressive exercise routine. They learn the principles necessary to obtain and maintain an exercise plan and to make important lifestyle changes. This is a follow-up to most cardiac rehabilitation programs.
Educational Counseling Services
Educational sessions are offered on topics such as:
- Heart health
- Risk factor reduction
- Stress management
- Exercise guidelines
Most insurance carriers cover the cost of this program. You should check with your insurance carrier regarding coverage for cardiac rehabilitation.
For more information about cardiovascular fitness and rehabilitation programs in the area, please call Capital Health Medical Center - Hopewell at 609-537-7260.