After a heart attack, heart surgery or diagnosis of heart disease, you might have questions about your future. How should your diet change? What sorts of exercises should you try? What's safe for you to do?
The Cardiac Rehabilitation program we offer at Lake Regional Health System can help you get answers to these questions. And, the supervision and support we offer through the program can help you build up your strength, stamina and self-confidence.
Our Program Starts Early
Our Cardiac Rehabilitation program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Our team of professionals includes:
- Registered nurses
- A registered dietitian
- Exercise physiologists
Our goal is to get you back on your feet and living a heart-healthy lifestyle. That's why our program begins before you even leave the hospital.
One of our staff members will visit you during your hospital stay. You'll discuss changes to your medications, as well as the need to increase or modify your exercise routine. You'll also visit at least once with one of our registered dietitians, who can talk to you about good nutrition and help you with meal planning.
We offer cardiac rehabilitation classes in several locations. While you're in the hospital, we'll connect you with the facility that's most convenient for you. And we'll help you get enrolled in that facility, so your work can start as soon as you're home from the hospital.
Read our patient education packet for more information about our program, healthy eating tips and more.
Learning More in Outpatient Care
After you're discharged from the hospital, you'll meet with an exercise physiologist, who will determine how your blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen levels respond to exercise. We'll help you to design an exercise program, and we'll show you how to exercise safely. All of our facilities feature hospital-grade exercise equipment that come with special safety features and can be modified for physical limitations. Each week, we'll monitor your progress and alter your plan as needed.
To really recover, you'll need more than exercise. That's why we provide education on life with heart disease. You'll learn ways to help cope with anxiety and depression, how to recognize and respond to emergencies and more.
We'll also help you modify your diet to help your heart. And we'll teach you more about how to:
- Use your medications
- Control your blood pressure
- Lower your risk factors for heart disease
The number of weeks you'll stay in the program depends on your insurance coverage and physician's orders. Most people participate in cardiac rehabilitation three times a week for 12 weeks—a total of 36 sessions.
Maintain Your Exercise Momentum
When our program is complete, you can sign up for our supervised maintenance exercise program in any of our four workout facilities:
Individual and family memberships are available too with a variety of discount programs.
Is Cardiac Rehab Right for Me?
Cardiac rehabilitation is a critical part of your recovery from heart issues, including:
- Cardiac catheterization (angioplasty)
- Congestive heart failure
- Heart attack
- Heart bypass surgery
- Heart transplant
- Heart valve repair or replacement
- Valve replacement
The program might also help you to slow the progress of heart disease.
You'll need a referral from your doctor to get started. We can call your doctor and take care of the paperwork for you.
Workout to Go
Are you wanting to keep up your physical activities from home? In this booklet, you’ll find easy-to-follow strength, balance, and flexibility exercises that you can do anytime, anywhere.
Exercise is an important part of your health and wellness. See a playlist of 30-minute workout videos from Lake Regional Cardiopulmonary Rehab on YouTube.
Follow along this video to help you stay active at home.
Work out to our Yoga Flow video in the comfort of your own home. Be sure to get your doctor's approval before beginning this or any other exercise program. Note: This class is no longer offered at the hospital.