When a cardiac condition is diagnosed, your Bon Secours physician will establish a customized treatment plan designed specifically to return you to optimal health.
Cardiac rehabilitation moves beyond the patient's hospital care to include services designed to restore the patient to optimal health. Our cardiologists and heart surgeons at the Bon Secours Heart & Vascular Institute are dedicated to providing the full spectrum of cardiac services. Our physicians are an integral part of a multi-disciplinary team committed to reducing risk of a recurring event. Both St. Mary’s Hospital and Memorial Regional Medical Center offer Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation services. The multi-disciplinary team members teach the patient how to reduce th risks through a comprehensive program of exercise, education, and learning how to live with heart disease. Through the combination of exercise and education, you learn how to improve the quality of your life.
When should a patient begin cardiac rehabilitation? The physician together with the multi-disciplinary team will determine the optimal time for the patient to begin a rehabilitation program. The patient may begin as early as a few weeks after the procedure or surgery but it is important that the program is discussed with the physician prior to leaving the hospital. The outcome will be substantially better the earlier the patient begins. Cardiac rehabilitation programs generally are covered by most health insurance plans. As a service to our patients, the Heart & Vascular Institute will contact health plans to verify benefits. Shortly thereafter, a cardiac rehabilitation nurse will notify the patient when the referral is received from their physician.
What are the benefits of joining a cardiac rehabilitation program? As a new enrollee in our cardiac rehabilitation program, a personalized plan is developed by a multi-disciplinary team that includes a cardiologist. This plan is focused on returning the patient to optimal health and lifestyle while reducing the risk of future health problems by focusing on:
- Mind Body Spirit. Our cardiac rehabilitation programs recognize that heart disease is not just a mechanical obstacle but also a biochemical and spiritual challenge. We are committed to taking care of the whole person to bring them into optimal health.
- Using alternative care options. Using state-of-the-art technology, we provide a customized exercise program designed to promote optimal cardiac health based upon the ability to perform various exercises. These exercise programs may include yoga or various alternative forms of exercise depending upon individual needs.
- Providing education programs. Our patients receive individual counseling in a variety of areas including nutrition, stress management, weight loss, and smoking cessation.
Learn more at the American Association of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.