Cardiac Rehabilitation

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised program that helps improve the health and well-being of people who have heart problems. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about cardiac rehab in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Cardiac rehabilitation is a professionally supervised program to help people recover from heart attacks, heart surgery and other heart procedures.

Cardiac rehab programs usually 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.

Programs often include:

A medical evaluation to figure out your needs and limitations.

A physical activity program tailored to your needs.

Counseling and education to help you understand your condition and how to manage it, and

Support and training to help you return to work or your normal activities and to help you learn to manage your heart condition.

Your rehabilitation plan is designed to meet your 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 your doctor or nurse for a recommendation.

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