After a heart attack, cardiovascular surgery, or heart-related treatment, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System can help you quickly resume an active lifestyle with rehabilitation services that meet the nation’s most rigorous standards for quality care.
Our physician-supervised, physician-prescribed Comprehensive Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is nationally certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation – the highest level of accreditation a cardiac rehabilitation program can receive. This recognition of excellence acknowledges our cardiac rehabilitation care team’s ongoing commitment to delivering the utmost cardiac rehabilitation care for every patient.
CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Cardiac Rehabilitation programs are individually designed for each patient and are supervised by a cardiologist and managed by cardiac rehabilitation professionals. Everything we do is done with one goal in mind: To help patients quickly recover from cardiovascular problems, such as heart attacks or coronary artery bypass graft surgery; and pulmonary problems, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and respiratory symptoms. Through exercise, education, counseling and support for both patients and families, our cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed to guide patients back to health. Cardiac rehabilitation helps patients recognize and change unhealthy habits and establish new, healthier ones. Rehabilitation may last six weeks, six months, or even longer depending on the individual’s needs.
How does it work?
Cardiac rehabilitation has three major components:
- Exercise training to help patients learn how to exercise safely, strengthen muscles, and improve stamina. Both upper and lower extremity modalities are utilized. The exercise prescription promotes both aerobic conditioning and strength training. The exercise plan is based on the individual’s ability, needs, and interests. Patients gain confidence by being active in a medically supervised setting.
- Education, counseling, and training to help the patient and family members understand his or her heart condition and find ways to reduce the risk of future heart problems.
- Support system of other participants helps patients and their families share similar experiences. They don’t feel alone in their fight against heart disease, and they encourage each other to keep up the good work.
Is cardiac rehabilitation safe?
Yes, it is safe. Studies show that serious health problems caused by cardiac rehabilitation exercise are very rare. For those rare times, the cardiac rehabilitation team is trained to handle emergencies. Most patients can safely exercise without supervision once they learn their limitations and become more aware of their responses to exercise.
What improvements can I expect?
The goals of cardiac rehabilitation are different for each patient. The cardiac rehabilitation staff helps patients set their own personal goals by evaluating their general health, disease process, risks for future heart problems, doctor recommendations, and their own preferences and desires.
When does cardiac rehabilitation start?
CHRISTUS Santa Rosa cardiac rehabilitation professionals will begin a range of motion exercises and a walking program for patients within 24 hours after an event and will increase walking each day. Patients will be scheduled to begin outpatient cardiac rehabilitation two to four weeks after discharge from the hospital depending on their condition.
When does cardiac rehabilitation end?
When the patient can safely exercise alone and has received maximum benefit from the cardiac rehabilitation program, they are discharged from the monitored portion of the cardiac rehabilitation program. Although patients “graduate” from the cardiac rehabilitation program they know that they will never graduate from their newly learned healthy lifestyle that includes smarter food choices, regular exercise, freedom from smoking, and stress management. Choices for continued exercise programs are numerous. Patients may choose to continue on a non-monitored basis at the clinic, begin a home exercise regimen, or participate in a community exercise program.