Regency Grande in Dover, NJ specializes in Cardiac Care and Postacute rehab.
I was therefore piqued when I came across this article from the Chicago Tribune:
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What does cardiac rehab involve? Do you recommend it for everyone who’s had a heart attack, or only in certain cases?
ANSWER: Cardiac rehabilitation is extremely beneficial for people with a variety of heart disorders. It involves a combination of medically supervised exercise, education and risk factor management.
The goals of cardiac rehabilitation are to reduce symptoms, improve physical and mental function, and prevent further heart problems. People who participate in cardiac rehabilitation are less likely to be readmitted to the hospital, and they enjoy a 25- to 45-percent improvement in survival rates compared with people who don’t engage in cardiac rehabilitation.
Cardiac rehabilitation is definitely recommended for individuals with the following diagnoses: heart attack; percutaneous coronary intervention, including coronary angioplasty and stents; chronic stable angina; coronary bypass surgery; heart valve repair or valve replacement surgery; heart transplant; and systolic heart failure (impaired heart contraction).
In most cases, cardiac rehabilitation begins as soon as possible after diagnosis of a heart condition or after dismissal from the hospital. Cardiac rehabilitation typically includes at least one supervised session per week and continues over three to four months, with a total of about 36 sessions.
A team of health care professionals from a range of specialty areas provides care for people in cardiac rehabilitation. Depending on a person’s individual needs, the team may include experts from cardiology, exercise physiology, nursing, physical medicine and rehabilitation, nutrition, psychology and psychiatry, endocrinology and sleep medicine, among others. The team communicates with the participant’s primary health care provider regarding progress in the program.
Exercise training is a key part of cardiac rehabilitation. For each participant, the rehabilitation team develops an individualized exercise program, also called an exercise prescription, often based on information gathered during a graded exercise test.
(Medical Edge from Mayo Clinic is an educational resource and doesn’t replace regular medical care. E-mail a question to email@example.com. For more information, visit http://www.mayoclinic.org.)
VIA: CHICAGO TRIBUNE