The following points are noteworthy:

choosing a rehab program

  • Time and place

    Is the location of the rehab facilities                 convenient for you?
    Is the facility nearby? 
    Do they offer flexible schedules?

  • Is a referral from your doctor required for you to participate in the program?
    If yes, will your referring doctor receive rehab progress reports. 

  • Does the rehab facility provide counseling and education services to your family?
    That is a significant benefit.

 

  • Do they have exercise physiologists, nurses, dietitians and counselors? 
  • All staff should be certified
  • There should be a doctor available to the rehab staff during activity sessions. 
  • Do they monitor your condition during exercise sessions? They should check your blood pressure, blood sugar, heart rate, oxygen saturation and heart rhythm. 
  • Make sure they provide emergency procedures
  • The rehab staff-to-patient ratio should be acceptable. The ratio should be one-to-one at the early stages, but later you can participate in small group sessions. 
  • Is the cardiac rehabilitation program covered by your health insurance

Cardiac rehabilitation is a long-term program comprised of different stages. After the conclusion of the complete program, the rehab coordinator should provide you with materials and information for maintaining exercise and dietary habits on your own.

 

 

 


Cardiac rehabilitation phases According to the WHO recommendations cardiac rehabilitation is divided into three main phases: inpatient, outpatient and home programs. The effectiveness of the whole rehab system depends on the successes obtained at every phase.

  1. Inpatient (acute) phase – a member of the rehab team starts working with the patient while he is still in the hospital. This phase may last from one day and up to 14 days, depending on the condition of the patient.

    Its main aim is to restore the patient's physical abilities and psychological condition so that he will be prepared to move to the second phase.
     

Cardiac-RehabMain aspects of cardiac rehabilitation programs:

  • Medical evaluation
    Medical evaluation and monitoring of a patient is performed to understand his needs and limits. The rehab team designs a customized rehab program to meet the needs of the patient.
     
  • Physical rehabilitation
    Physical rehabilitation is aimed at the restoration of the patient’s physical capacity. Timely and adequate activation of the patient are performed by means of the early administration of movement therapy, followed by exercise therapy, dosed walking, and at the later stages – controlled and no controlled exercises (exercise bike, treadmill).
     

rehab

Cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) is comprised of medical programs designed to restore the physical and psychological condition of patients who have recently experienced a cardiac event.

Cardiac rehabilitation targets patients who have experienced:

  • Heart failure;
  • Recent heart attack or some other cardiac event;
  • Heart surgery or angioplasty;
  • Arrhythmia or implantation of a pacemaker / defibrillator.
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