Why should a patient enter a cardiac rehabilitation program after a heart attack?
Researchers have found that people who participate in Cardiac Rehabilitation programs after a heart attack have higher survival rates than people who don’t. Among many health benefits, Cardiac Rehab has been proven to:
- Favorably influence blood cholesterol levels
- Reduce risk of blood clots
- Help reduce excess weight
- Lower blood pressure
- Improve the efficiency and function of heart and lungs
Why choose Cardiac Rehabilitation at Richland Memorial Hospital?
Convenience – Cardiac Rehab at Richland Memorial Hospital allows patients from Richland and its surrounding counties to receive the benefits of Cardiac Rehab without having to travel several miles. This helps to ensure higher compliance with the program.
Skilled Staff – Richland Memorial Hospital takes a multidisciplinary team approach to Cardiac Rehab. The staff includes Registered/Certified: Respiratory Therapist, Dietitian, Pharmacist and Nurse working together for the benefit of the patient.
How is Richland Memorial Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program structured?
Our ultimate goal is to provide continuing outpatient services for patients with heart problems through a continuously monitored, highly individualized health and fitness program. No two exercise routines are the same. The exercise program is set up according to age, condition, and goals of the participant. While in our program, patients remain at all times under the care of their own physician. He or she receives reports on all rehabilitation activities and is consulted as necessary on matters relating to care and treatment of patients. Cardiac Rehab is generally divided into three phases. Richland Memorial Hospital offers Phase 2 and Phase 3.
- Phase One – Begins at the Cardiac Specialty Center where you were treated for your heart attack.
- Phase Two – Begins after you have been discharged from the hospital and are able to return home. Participants exercise three times per week for up to twelve weeks using bicycles, treadmills, wall weights, air dynes and arm ergometers. Each participant exercises under medical supervision according to his or her own predetermined physical level. EKG monitoring is performed throughout the exercise, and blood pressure is checked at prescribed intervals.
- Phase Three – Phase 3 lasts a lifetime. After graduating from Phase 2, most people need an exercise outlet to continue their exercise. They either need to have the regimented routine or just the camaraderie of exercising with others in like situations. Studies have shown that cardiac patients are more likely to stay with an exercise routine if they have a program to attend. Phase 3 of the program has been organized in cooperation with the Olney Central College Fitness Center. At the end of each period, a reevaluation is done, and adjustments are made in the treatment plan. Richland Memorial Hospital provides a Registered Nurse, who specializes in Cardiac Rehab, to supervise the orientation, demonstrate proper use of equipment, determine proper cardiac workload while exercising, and to perform blood pressure monitoring before, during and after exercising.
For additional information about the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Richland Memorial Hospital, please call (618) 395-7340, ext. 4033.