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Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Cardiac Rehabilitation is an outpatient program designed to reduce your risk for further heart disease and optimize your quality of life. The goal of our medically-supervised Cardiac Rehabilitation program at Sturdy Memorial Hospital is to improve our participantsí overall physical and mental functioning and return to normal, productive, and healthy lifestyles. Individualized programs will be prescribed for participants of all ages who have suffered from any variety of heart disorders such as heart attack, coronary artery bypass surgery, heart valve replacement, heart transplant, angina, and angioplasty.

Exercise Training
Exercise training will help your heart and the rest of your body get stronger and work more efficiently. Physical activity improves your energy level and stamina, which will help reduce your chances of future heart problems, including heart attack.

Educational Counseling
You will have the advice and close supervision of health care professionals to help you improve your health and lower your risk of future problems. Registered Nurses and Exercise Physiologists will combine exercise with education to help you understand your heart condition, eat healthy, quit smoking, lose weight, and lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. In addition, counseling may also help you learn to manage stress and feel better about your health.

How the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Works
Upon referral from your physician, you will receive an initial evaluation with the Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator. The Cardiac Rehabilitation multidisciplinary team will then design an effective program to meet your individual needs and goals. Exercise sessions, which meet two to three times per week, include customized exercise, combined with group lectures from Hospital personnel (Registered Nurses, Exercise Physiologists, Registered Dietitians, Diabetes Educators, and Pharmacists) on a variety of topics consistent with your program. At the end of the program, an exit interview will be completed by your team leader, which summarizes participation and goal achievement. It also solidifies future plans for a continued, healthy lifestyle change. A final summary report of your progress and achievements will be sent to your physician.

Most health insurances cover cardiac rehabilitation partially or fully for patients who have a qualifying diagnosis. Depending upon individual insurance coverage, length of participation may differ. For more information, please call 508-236-7390.