Cardiac Rehab

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Most heart disease patients can help lower their risk of future heart problems if they make changes to improve their health. Dr. Edward Hill discusses cardiac rehabilitation in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Cardiac rehabilitation is a professionally supervised program to help people recover from heart attacks, heart surgery and procedures such as stenting and angioplasty.

Cardiac rehab programs provide education and counseling services to help heart patients increase physical fitness, reduce cardiac symptoms, improve health and reduce the risk of future heart problems, including heart failure.

Cardiac rehab programs often include:

A medical evaluation to determine your needs and limitations.

A physical activity program tailored to your needs.

Support and training to help you return to your normal activities, and

Education to help you manage your heart condition.

Your rehabilitation plan is designed to meet your individual needs. You may need six weeks, six months or longer to learn how to manage your condition and develop healthier habits. Many programs last only three months, but some continue for years.

Your doctor may refer you to a program or you can ask for a recommendation.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.