Heart and Vascular Center

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Designed to ease the lifestyle changes patients may experience after a cardiac event, our cardiac rehabilitation services integrate progressive exercise, positive psychological adaptation to changes in health and education for a heart-healthy life.

Cardiac rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary program of education and exercise established to assist individuals with heart conditions to achieve optimal physical, psychological and functional status within the limits of their disease.

Our rehabilitation team consists of physicians, dietitians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists and nurses, all of whom work together to help each patient achieve an optimal quality of life.

Program Components

  • Education of the patient and the family in the recognition, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease
  • Improvement or reduction of risk factors
  • Dealing with psychological factors that influence recovery from heart disease
  • Structured, progressive physical activity, either in a rehabilitative setting or home program
  • Vocational counseling

Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation

  • Improvement of exercise tolerance, symptoms and blood lipids
  • Reduction or cessation of cigarette smoking
  • Improvement of psychosocial well-being and reduction of stress
  • Reduction of mortality
  • Encouragement for patients to keep regular appointments
  • Periodic assessment of patient's progress, such as heart rate, blood pressure and weight changes
  • Covered in full or part by most payers, including Medicare

For patient referrals or to receive more information about our services, please call (760) 242-2311, extension 6056, or fax us at (760) 242-8158.

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