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Benefits of Exercise-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation is a three-phase personalized program dedicated to the education and rehabilitation of patients recovering from heart-related diseases or surgery. Recent studies have shown that exercise-based cardiac rehab improves the overall health and quality of life in patients that participate.

The main goal of cardiac rehabilitation is the recovery from and prevention of cardiac episodes. To do this, a personalized training program is designed to fit each patient’s specific needs. A patient usually starts with light activity and works towards more intense aerobic exercise on a bike or treadmill. This increased physical activity improves one’s energy level, lifts the spirits, and increases the strength of the heart and body.

Cardiac rehab increases participants’ confidence in their abilities and situation. The support offered by a cardiac rehab staff includes education about medicines, diet, and other lifestyle changes—all personalized to fit the patient’s needs. This professional support, in combination with the group support element found in the clinic, can go a long way in helping a patient understand their disease and improve their health.

Participating in cardiac rehab improves one’s functional capacity to perform the activities of daily living, such as shopping and caring for family members. This increased performance is largely due to the improved cardiovascular and muscular function that is the result of regular exercise. Even patients with severe cardiomyopathy or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), who are unable to improve the functioning of their central circulatory system, can benefit from the increased peripheral strength (quadriceps, biceps, etc.) that comes with exercise.

Exercise-based cardiac rehab is a vital part of a healthy heart program. The Heart Care Institute at Riverside Community Hospital is committed to the effective treatment of heart disease; our three-phase cardiac rehabilitation program is only one of the many services we offer to patients with compromised heart health. Contact us at (951) 788-3000 or check out our website to learn more about our services.

How to Monitor Your Blood Pressure at Home

Taking your blood pressure at home can help you to better control your levels. It is a very simple procedure, but a few steps should be taken to ensure an accurate pressure.

In this video, you can learn how to monitor your blood pressure at home. Taking an accurate pressure each day will help your doctor to formulate the best possible plan for your health.

If you have questions regarding blood pressure or your health in general, let Riverside Community Hospital be your resource. Contact us at (951) 788-3000 or visit our website for more information.

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Organ Donors Give the Gift of Life

Organ Donation

Organ transplantation has given many people new leases on life, allowing them to continue living productive lives. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of donors, which has resulted in many patients passing away before receiving a transplant. Over 100,000 Americans are currently waiting for a kidney, heart, lung, liver, or pancreas transplant—a person can wait up to 503 days for a heart and up to 2,446 days for a transplant liver.

Organ donation and transplantation is very carefully regulated. The candidates for organ transplantation are carefully evaluated by a physician and a transplant team before their names can be submitted for surgery. These teams usually consist of a surgeon, a specialty physician, a psychologist, pastoral care staff, a nurse, the health care plan’s case manager, and a social worker. Before the transplant, candidates are usually treated with counseling and given advice about exercise, diet, and other lifestyle changes that occur after the procedure.

Life-long doses of anti-rejection medications are necessary after any organ transplant, which may cause a number of different side-effects. Organ recipients must monitor their eating habits, exercise regimen, and overall health very closely, but they can otherwise live normal and active lives.

The sooner a surgeon can get a donated organ to a sick patient, the better their chances for survival. Although most people support the idea of organ donation, lack of communication and misinformation prevent many from donating. Anyone can become a donor, and donation costs nothing. If you would like to learn more about giving someone else a fighting chance for life, contact Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3000.

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