Man lifting dumbells for cardiac rehab

Heart disease is a global problem; in fact, they are the leading cause of death for both men and women. According to a report from the Nationwide Framework for Surveillance of Cardiovascular and Chronic Lung Diseases, it is estimated that over 16.3 million Americans aged 20 and older have a chronic heart condition. This is just over 7 percent, with more men being affected than women.

However, not everyone affected by a cardiac condition, such as a heart attack, dies. But quite often, some amount of therapy is needed for complete rehabilitation. In those cases, cardiac rehabilitation may be introduced.

In this post, we will explore cardiac rehabilitation, who can benefit from this treatment, and what exactly those benefits are.

What is Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Cardiac rehab is a form of therapy that is indicated for aiding with recovery from specific heart problems. This program incorporates exercise, education, support, and counseling to help each person along their journey to recovery much faster. Furthermore, cardiac rehab is practiced by medically trained professionals who understand the person’s limitations depending on the condition affecting them.

The overall goal of cardiac rehab is to get the patient back to as close to normal as possible; however, there are many other benefits that one can gain.

Who Can Benefit from Cardiac Rehab?

Cardiac rehab is designed to improve the cardiovascular health of persons affected by the following conditions or who have had certain procedures done. Please note that this list is not exhausted, and cardiac therapy can also benefit persons who are at risk of developing a heart condition.

  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Stable angina
  • Stent placement
  • Valve surgery
  • Open-heart surgery

Additionally, research shows that almost anyone can benefit from cardiac rehabilitation. That means gender, age, and condition severity may not affect your chances of enrolling in this treatment program.

What are the Benefits of Cardiac Rehab?

There are many benefits to derive from cardiac therapy, some are short, and others are long term.

  • Chest pain relief
  • Stress reduction
  • Increased strength of the heart and body to undertake daily activities from simple to complex, such as getting dressed, walking up a flight of stairs, and carrying groceries
  • Improved mood
  • The prevention of future illness and death from heart disease
  • Increased knowledge of the particular condition and potential complications, which makes patients more compliant with their therapy
  • The adoption of healthier lifestyle habits like becoming physically active, eating heart-healthy meals, quitting smoking, and avoiding alcohol consumption

Sioux Center Health’s Approach to Cardiac Rehabilitation

Our cardiac rehab is a 3-dimensional program carried out by highly trained and qualified specialists in three phases. At Sioux Center Health, our Cardiac Rehab sessions include:

  • Monitored heart rate and rhythm
  • Blood pressure
  • Weight
  • Education sessions
  • Smoking cessation
  • Option to visit with a dietician

Through Cardiac Rehab, we strive to provide a safe and effective way to help patients regain strength, feel better faster, and educate to reduce the risk of future heart problems. Lastly, feel free to call and speak with a cardiac rehab nurse at (712) 722-8333 if you have any questions

References

Cardiac Rehabilitation and Recovery | Sioux Center Health. (2022, January 20). Sioux Center Health. https://www.siouxcenterhealth.org/services/therapy-and-rehabilitation/cardiac-rehabilitation-and-recovery/

CDC. (2021, January 26). How Cardiac Rehabilitation Can Help Heal Your Heart. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/cardiac_rehabilitation.htm

Cardiac Rehab: What It Is and How It Helps Your Heart. (2021). Cleveland Clinic. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/22069-cardiac-rehab#:~:text=Cardiac%20rehab%2C%20or%20cardiac%20rehabilitation,health%20and%20quality%20of%20life.

Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on a National Surveillance System for Cardiovascular and Select Chronic Diseases. A Nationwide Framework for Surveillance of Cardiovascular and Chronic Lung Diseases. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2011. 2, Cardiovascular Disease. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK83160/