New Start, Better Heart
From the Cardiac Rehab team at Crossing Rivers Health
Did you know coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in our nation? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four Americans - approximately 600,000 people - die of heart disease each year.
Cardiac Rehab Week
Crossing Rivers Health is joining the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) in celebrating February 9 – 15 as Cardiac Rehabilitation Week. This nationwide campaign is designed to focus national attention on cardiac rehabilitation’s contribution to the improvement of the health and physical performance of individuals at risk for heart disease and/or those individuals diagnosed with heart disease.
What is Cardiac Rehab?
The American Heart Association states that cardiac rehab is a medically supervised program designed to improve your cardiovascular health if you have experienced a heart attack, heart failure, angioplasty or heart surgery. Click here for valuable cardiac rehab resources provided by the AHA.
Our goal is to educate the community about the role of cardiac rehabilitation in reducing the devastating effects of heart disease. Cardiac rehabilitation plays a large role in regaining quality of life in those living with heart disease.
Exercise and Cardiac Rehab
Evidence supports exercise as the best medicine in the management of health-related risk factors that contribute to heart disease and has a significant role in improving the quality of life. Regular exercise has such a positive impact on all areas of our health both mentally and physically.
- reduces blood pressure and cholesterol
- lowers blood sugar in diabetics
- helps regulate the use of blood sugar in non-diabetics
- has a positive impact on weight loss and weight control
All of the items listed above are risk factors directly associated with heart disease.
Cardiac Rehab to reduce stress
Heart disease and stroke can be fatal, but they can also lead to serious illness, disability, and a lower quality of life. Following a heart attack, individuals frequently suffer fatigue and depression, and they may find it more difficult to engage in physical activities.
Participation in a Cardiac Rehab program helps people decrease levels of fatigue, helps manage depression and gives people the guidance needed to feel more confident in returning to usual activities.
Cardiac Rehab and heart-healthy living
Another major role we play in Cardiac Rehab is helping patients and their families increase awareness of their personal risk factors and identifying which lifestyle behaviors are most important to that individual. Eating healthy, establishing a regular exercise program and sticking to it have to be a priority in order for a change in lifestyle choices to occur.
Our goal is to help each person create a plan for changing lifestyle factors; such as creating a regular plan for exercise or providing them with the education necessary to understand basic nutrition guidelines. Changing lifestyle behaviors is not a one size fits all for each person- it is not about adhering to the latest and greatest quick fix to weight loss and heart-healthy living. The key to living a heart-healthy life is creating an individualized plan that is important to you and one that is realistic and easy to maintain.
Learn more about the benefits of Cardiac Rehab in this fact sheet provided by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Learn more about services provided by the Cardiac Rehab department by clicking here or calling 608.357.2349.