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Cardiac Rehabilitation

Purpose of Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation (Rehab) services are designed to assist patients through the recovery and management of heart disease so that they may return to full, productive lives. A comprehensive cardiac rehab program incorporates exercise, education, counseling and behavior modification techniques, so that you can begin to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Is Cardiac Rehab for Me?

Yes, if you…

  • Have heart disease, such as angina or heart failure, or have had a heart attack
  • Have had coronary bypass surgery or valve repair/replacement procedure
  • Have had angioplasty with or without stent placement
  • Have had a heart transplant

…then Cardiac Rehab can make a difference in your life. It is a safe and effective way to help you:

  • Recover faster
  • Learn what activities are safe for your heart
  • Reduce the risk of future heart problems
  • Reduce stress
  • Meet others with heart problems

The most important thing is to learn what YOU can do to become healthier.

Heart Disease Risk Factors

Unfortunately, there are uncontrollable risk factors for heart disease, factors you cannot change. These may include age, family history, and gender. The good news is that there are controllable risk factors for heart disease, factors you can change. Cardiac Rehab can help you do this.

Risk Factors You Can Control

  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Physical activity
  • Obesity/overweight
  • Diabetes
  • Stress

The Cardiac Rehab Team

Cardiac Rehab service may involve many healthcare providers depending on your specific needs. Your team may include:

  • Physicians (family doctor, heart specialist, surgeon)
  • Nurses—All patients are monitored by registered nurses
  • Spiritual advisors
  • Dietitians
  • Psychologists, clinical social workers, or other behavior therapists
  • YOU!

The most important member of the Cardiac Rehab Team is YOU. No one else can make you exercise, quit smoking, or eat a more heart healthy diet.

Be An Active Team Member

  • Ask questions
  • Learn about your heart condition
  • Learn what you can do to help your heart
  • Follow the treatment plan
  • Report all symptoms and/or problems to your healthcare provider
  • Get support from family and friends (having them read this information would be the first step. Allow them to ask questions of you and your healthcare providers too!)
  • Join our Cardiac Support Group

Getting Started

Cardiac Rehab is a comprehensive four-phase program in which you graduate to the next phase based on your own progress.

Phase I (usually 1-3 days)

Begins in the hospital and focuses on patient education and stabilization prior to being discharged

Phase II (usually 6-12 weeks)

May continue at Prince George’s Hospital Center or at another facility. During this phase, the patient receives instruction about appropriate levels of physical activity, begins to exercise while monitored by EKG, and addresses issues such as reducing risk factors and adopting a heart healthy diet.

Phase III and IV (For Life!)

May be combined. These phases may be conducted under medical supervision or on your own at your home or place of work. These two phases focus on maintaining good dietary and exercise habits in order to reduce the risk of future heart problems.

You need your doctor’s approval to get started in cardiac rehabilitation. Tell your doctor that you are interested in cardiac rehabilitation services. Most insurance companies cover all or part of the program.

Hours of operation

6:30 am — 6:00 pm
Monday — Thursday
We offer free parking.

For more information about the Cardiac Rehabilitation program, call 301-618-2449.

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