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Cardiac Rehabilitation

Having heart disease or a heart procedure does not mean the end of an active life. It does mean work on your part, though, to make your heart stronger and healthier. One of the best steps you can take to improve your recovery and aid in prevention of heart problems is to enter a cardiac rehabilitation program. St. Joseph Regional Health Center has established itself as the Cardiac Center of the Brazos Valley. We are able to provide a wide array of services for people with cardiac disease. The successful outcomes from a well-developed cardiac program are well-documented in medical literature.

What is a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program and Who is it For?
Cardiac rehabilitation offers a medically supervised program created to help heart patients recover quickly and improve their overall physical and mental health, and is appropriate for a wide variety of heart patients. If you have had a cardiac event such as heart attack, angioplasty, bypass surgery or heart valve surgery or if you have two or more risk factors for heart disease (such as elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes and weight issues), then cardiac rehabilitation could be right for you.

Our main goal with cardiac rehabilitation is to help you lead a healthier lifestyle, while maintaining a high level of heart fitness, and to reduce the risk of another heart problem or the worsening of a heart condition. We use a team approach to cardiac rehabilitation - your own dedicated rehabilitation team will work together to create your personal plan.

What Does Cardiac Rehabilitation Involve?
Before entering the program, you will need to have a simple exercise tolerance (stress) test conducted by your own cardiologist in order to evaluate your medical condition. This test is usually covered by insurance. Cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) services are designed to help patients with heart disease recover faster and return to full and productive lives. Cardiac rehab includes exercise, education, counseling, and learning ways to live a healthier life. Together with medical and surgical treatments, cardiac rehab can help you feel better and live a healthier life.

You can benefit from cardiac rehab if you:

  • Have heart disease, such as angina or heart failure, or have had a heart attack
  • Have had coronary bypass surgery or a balloon catheter (PTCA) procedure on your heart
  • Have had a heart transplant
  • Have stable chronic heart failure

Benefits of a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

  • Close interaction with healthcare staff for intervention and treatment of recognized complications
  • Clear and effective education
  • Fewer hospital visits
  • A single place to go for follow-up
  • Family education and involvement
  • Comprehensive treatment program

Goals of the Program

  • Restore/improve cardiovascular functioning, shorten convalescence and resume safe physical activity
  • Education on the reduction of coronary risk factors to decrease/reverse disease progression through lifestyle modifications
  • Enhance the physiological output of the patients and their families
  • Decrease disability
  • Identify abnormal cardiac responses to exercise

Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase Definitions
Phase I
Acute inpatient phase begins upon admission to the hospital for the patient's respective cardiac malady and ends at discharge from the hospital seven to ten days later. This program is physician referred. The purpose of Phase is to:

  • Decrease the ill effects of bed rest
  • Decrease length of stay
  • Increase functional capacity
  • Begin patient/family education

Phase II
Sub-acute outpatient program that begins upon discharge from the hospital. It is initiated with the physician referral and can last from six to twelve weeks. The program is typically covered by the patient's insurance. The purpose of Phase II is: 

  • Restore/improve cardiovascular functioning for resumption of safe physical activity
  • Educate the patient on the reduction of coronary risk factors to decrease/reverse disease progression through lifestyle modifications
  • Enhance the psychological output of the patients and their families through group support
  • Reduce the length of disability and reduce healthcare cost
  • Provide a safe environment for exercise
  • Support referring physicians with telemetry monitoring, medical surveillance and patient progress reports

For more information about our Cardiac Rehab program, call 979.821.7589. Our cardiac rehab specialists are here to help you understand how to live a healthy life following a cardiac event or concern. We commit to provide you with the services to help you lead a healthier, more active life and give you and your family the knowledge needed to life with heart disease. We will help you understand the importance of incorporating exercise into your every day life.


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