Cardiac Rehabilitation at Rice County District Hospital
Rice County District Hospital is proud to offer Cardiac Rehabilitation services to people in and around Rice County. This extensive program offers long term support to adults living with heart disease.
“Nearly 1/3 of all deaths in the United States are from cardiovascular disease.” – American Heart Association
What is Cardiac Rehab?
Just as the name suggests, Cardiac Rehabilitation is a program for patients that have experienced conditions such as heart attack, heart failure, angioplasty or heart surgery. By working through each phase of rehab, patients can expect to strengthen the muscles of their heart, therefore allowing them to live longer, healthier lives.
The first phase of Cardiac Rehab is completed before most patients even know they’ve completed it. This phase of recovery is typically done in the hospital immediately after an event or procedure related to the heart (heart attack, CHS, surgery). Patients will learn about their specific condition, how it affects them and what diet/lifestyle changes they can expect to make.
Phase II begins at the Cardiac Rehab department at Rice County District Hospital. During this phase, patients work to increase heart strength and endurance. Vitals are closely monitored while patients exercise on various pieces of equipment in intervals starting at about 3 minutes per machine. Once exercise is completed, each patient will work to learn about lifestyle changes, healthy recipes, and goals for the future. Phase II lasts 18-36 sessions, depending on the individual needs of each patient.
After graduating from Phase II, each patient is encouraged to continue his/her strength building by attending Phase III. During this phase, each patient is given access to the exercise equipment and educational materials through an ‘open gym’ style program. The goal of this phase is to maintain heart health for many years.
How do you get started?
If you are interested in Cardiac Rehab at Rice County District Hospital, contact us today! You can take steps today to increase your health and decrease your chances of having future heart problems.
“We understand that the recovery process from a cardiac event can be stressful, so we create a unique energy that encourages health and fitness.”
– Lana Brown, BSN, RN
To learn more about the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation, visit with your healthcare provider. The RCDH Cardiac Rehabilitation Program works with all physician referrals.
For more information, call Cardiac Rehab at 620-257-7119.