Patients heal more quickly when exercise is part of the recovery process.
Cardiac Rehabilitation at Valley View Medical Center aids in the recovery from a heart attack, bypass surgery, or from stable angina. Active participation in our program brings several benefits. You will feel better faster, become more fit, reduce your stress level, and reduce the risk of future heart-related problems.
For many, rehabilitation begins soon after undergoing some type of heart procedure, before you ever leave the hospital. The program of care continues after discharge under the direction of an exercise physiologist who has experience working with cardiac patients.
The goal is to help you regain the highest quality of life possible through supervised exercise as well as helping you access other programs or services you might need to facilitate your recovery. Cardiac Rehabilitation helps you improve your quality of life.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why is an exercise physiologist the best type of professional to direct cardiac rehabilitation?
A. Exercise physiologists specialize in strengthening the heart and lungs with additional training about how muscle groups function throughout the body. Physical therapists focus on the muscle groups of the entire body with some training about the heart and lungs.
Q. Wouldn't I get the same benefits from working out at a gym?
A. No. Valley View's program offers medical oversight with an on-site physician, EKG and blood pressure measurements to assure the safest rehabilitation experience possible.
Q. I know insurance programs will pay for a program of visits, but after that program has ended, may I continue to work out and pay on my own?
A. Yes. Depending on your desired program we can structure a reasonably inexpensive regular maintenance program so you can continue to work out in our medically safe environment.
Q. Is diet counseling a part of cardiac rehabilitation?
A. If it is needed. Valley View's registered dietitians are available and trained to help you with medical nutrition therapy at your request.