What is the Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Program?
This is a specially designed program of monitored exercise and educational sessions that are based on your individual medical needs.
What are the benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation?
Participating in Cardiac Rehabilitation gives you the opportunity to improve the efficiency of your heart, increase your knowledge, and become an active, educated partner in the management of your heart disease. You will learn:
- How to exercise properly and safely to improve the efficiency of your heart
- How and why heart disease occurs
- Your risk factors and their treatment plan’s influence on your heart problems
- Physical and medical aspects of recovery
- Psychological and emotional effects of heart problems
- How to improve your health through diet,exercise and stress management
What is it like to attend classes?
You will be part of a small class with others in a similar situation as you. Classes meet in the morning for about two hours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Participants generally attend 19 sessions. A portion of each session is devoted to telemetry-monitored physical activity, based on your exercise prescription. Every session also includes an educational segment. The educational presentations focus on
cardiac risk factors, exercise benefits, medications, stress management, and heart healthy nutrition. Discussion allows individuals to share concerns, ideas and tips with each other.
Where are the classes held?
In the Fitness Center, next door to Valley Regional’s orthopaedic clinic on Elm Street.
Who should have Cardiac Rehabilitation?
Adults who have experienced one of the following within the last year:
- Heart attack, angina or other cardiac symptoms
- Coronary artery bypass surgery
- Cardiac valve surgery
- Heart or heart/lung transplantation
- Angioplasty or stenting
- Congestive Heart Failure