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.

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