At CHI Franciscan Health, your care doesn’t end after your surgery. Patients who have had either heart surgery or a heart attack will participate in our cardiac rehabilitation program. Our goal is to help restore your heart strength so you can live a healthy, active life.
What is cardiac rehab?
Cardiac rehabilitation is a structured program of medically supervised exercise, education and support designed to make your heart healthier. Participating in cardiac rehab can lower your risk of future cardiac events, such as a heart attack. Learn more about recovering from heart surgery.
We recommend cardiac rehab for people:
Your rehab team
You can expect a holistic approach to cardiac rehabilitation at our two heart centers: Franciscan Heart Center at St. Joseph and the Heart & Vascular Center at Harrison. We look at the big picture of your health, including heart conditions, your diet and exercise and your overall health. Your rehab team will include cardiologists, nurses, exercise physiologists (who specialize in fitness programs) and nutrition counselors.
Benefits of cardiac rehab
What will you gain from participating in cardiac rehab? You’ll:
- Understand your specific condition and how to best manage it
- Gain more energy, strength and stamina
- Reduce your risk factors for heart attack and heart disease
What to expect
During your cardiac rehab, we carefully evaluate and monitor your heart function. As your heart grows stronger, we may make modifications to your treatment plan. Your program will include:
- Nutrition classes to learn how to eat a healthy diet
- Exercise program prescribed and supervised by an exercise physiologist
- Counseling to help reduce stress and relieve depression (a common side effect after having a cardiac event like a heart attack)
- Guidance to create a healthy lifestyle plan, including incorporating regular exercise into your routine
To learn more about the cardiac rehabilitation program, call: