A heart attack or a diagnosis of heart disease means you need to make changes to your lifestyle. Cardiac rehabilitation may be one of the things your doctor recommends.
At University Health, we offer a comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation program that gives you the tools you need to improve your health and get back to living life.
What to expect from cardiac rehab
Your doctor will refer you to cardiac rehabilitation, where you'll work with an expert team of specialists on all aspects of recovery. If you're an inpatient, cardiac rehabilitation may begin while you're in the hospital.
Most patients attend rehabilitation for 36 sessions, or about three times a week for three months. You'll be given a prescription for exercise individually tailored for your condition and abilities. Specially trained nurses will monitor your safety and progress while you work toward your exercise goals.
Recovering from a heart attack, heart surgery or a diagnosis of congestive heart failure requires that you adopt a heart-healthy lifestyle. Our team will help you:
- Understand your condition.
- Learn about healthy eating.
- Learn how to exercise properly and safely. Once you "graduate" from cardiac rehabilitation, you'll have the option of coming back in regularly for an unmonitored exercise program to keep you physically fit and healthy.
- Manage your heart medications.
- Learn how to manage your risk factors, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, inactivity and smoking.
The benefits of our outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program extend into other areas of your life. For example, it's common to experience symptoms of depression after a heart event. Our rehabilitation program will connect you to mental health services that can help. If you need financial assistance, help with transportation to and from medical appointments, or other services, cardiac rehabilitation staff will refer you to community resources.
Cardiac rehabilitation is provided at University Health Truman Medical Center with a referral from your doctor. For more information, call 816.404.1225.