Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation programs are medically supervised programs to assist those patients who have gone through heart diseases like coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, peripheral artery disease, heart failure, arrhythmia, people who have gone through heart intervention programs like surgical aortic valve replacement, transcatheter aortic valve replacement, angioplasty, etc. The cardiac rehabilitation program's main motive is to provide support to cardiac patients to reduce the physiological and psychological distress that accompanies such heart ailment accidents. Their goal is to reduce any second incident of cardiovascular disease, improve the heart's functioning capacity, and increase the patient's confidence towards gradual healing. Cardiac rehabilitation consists of a team that includes:-

  • Cardiologist
  • A manager to facilitate the cardiac rehabilitation program
  • Qualified nurses
  • Psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors
  • Therapists and social workers

The cardiac rehabilitation program includes teamwork because sometimes patients become very depressed due to their condition. So cardiac rehabilitation programs make sure that patients get an adequate amount of support to recover

Cardiac rehabilitation programs aim to :-

  • maintain your cardiac health by engaging your patients in exercises like cycling, brisk walking, aerobics, Zumba, and other forms of training. Cardiac rehabilitation programs also provide patients with diet plans, weight-reducing instructions, meals that are balanced with nutrients like vitamins, minerals, proteins, roughage, and so on.
  • educate and counsel their patients so that they are aware of their sessions, training, diet plans, etc. It is important that the patients are mindful of the seriousness of their condition and are taking effective steps for their speedy recovery.
  • make the patient feel comfortable and de-stress them. Sometimes the patients panic or take a lot of stress about their condition and doubt whether they might recover or not. It is the duty of every rehabilitation program that they calm their patients and ensure then that their program can cure them of their condition

The advantages of enrolling oneself into a cardiac rehabilitation program are :-

  • A cardiac rehabilitation program helps reduce the symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath, swelling of feet, ankles, abdomen, restores heart rhythm, and so on.
  • A cardiac rehabilitation program helps reduce stress and depression which some patients usually experience after having a heart attack or heart failure.
  • A cardiac rehabilitation program helps reduce the symptoms that lead to a heart attack like high blood pressure(hypertension), high blood sugar, and cholesterol levels.
  • A cardiac rehabilitation program increases immunity in the body by engaging the patient in different types of training like meditation, aerobics, strenuous exercises like running, cycling, and so on. The programs help in improving cardiac health by providing patients with diet plans, meals that are well balanced with nutrients. It also helps patients quit unhealthy habits like fixing their sleep schedule, helping them quit consumption of alcohol and smoking.

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