Loring Hospital's Cardiac Rehab is a very important service offered to patients who have experienced a heart attack, a heart balloon procedure or have had open heart surgery. The heart, as other muscles in the body, must be strengthened after it is injured. This necessary and vital program provides an exercise program for your heart. A referral from one of your physicians is is needed to get started. Our rehab staff then contacts you and schedules convenient times for you.
Some studies indicate that heart attack patients who go through monitored cardiac rehabilitation programs are less likely than other patients to have subsequent heart attacks. The primary benefits of this monitored program include:
- close medical supervision;
- trained staff to supervise exercise, diet and other programs;
- comprehensive patient education;
- help with smoking cessation and control of weight, cholesterol and blood pressure;
- psychosocial services to assist with problems related to depression, anxiety and stress;
- social support from staff and other patients.
Since each patient is unique, there are phases of the cardiac rehab to suit each patient's needs.
Phase I - As an Inpatient - Assistance is given with the evaluation of the patient.
Phase II - As an Outpatient - The patient is hooked to special cardiac monitoring equipment and carefully monitored by trained personnel during exercise.
Phase III - The Maintenance Phase - The patient is not hooked to monitoring equipment, but is with trained personnel at all times. The patient may stay in this phase of rehab as long as they wish.
If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact Nancy Fiene at 712-662-7105, ext. 6355 or 6356.