Starting a Cardiac Rehab Program After Bypass
A cardiac rehab (rehabilitation)
program can take place in a hospital, a clinic, or a healthcare provider's office.
work with a team of specialists. Your team may include doctors, nurses, exercise
specialists, dietitians, and counselors. Cardiac rehab can help you get back into
normal routine. It gives you tools to improve your overall health for the rest of
life. If there is not a cardiac rehab facility nearby, ask about possible medical
transport. Home-based cardiac rehab may be an option.
A cardiac rehab program
Exercise. You'll learn
how to exercise safely. Your program will include exercises to increase fitness,
endurance, and strength.
You'll work with a dietitian to learn the best ways to eat for heart health.
You'll also learn ways to use this knowledge when you shop, cook, and eat out.
Help managing risk
You'll learn about controlling related conditions. These include
high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. This can also include help
managing your weight and stopping smoking.
Counseling. You'll get
help dealing with the emotional aspects of heart disease and treatment. This may
include help with managing stress, depression, and anxiety. It includes practical
advice and support for quitting smoking, losing weight, being physically active,
and continuing your sex life.
Help managing medicines. You'll learn why it's important
to take your medicines as prescribed.
Family education. Your
family can learn with you. That way they can help you to continue using your new
skills and knowledge after you finish the program.