King's Daughters Cardiac Rehabilitation program helps heart patients return to a quality of life that is equal to, or better than, before their cardiac event.
Research shows cardiac rehabilitation markedly lowers the risk of dying or having a second heart attack during the next three years. In addition, cardiac rehab:
- Improves cardiovascular function
- Improves fitness
- Reduces heart disease risk
- Improves nutrition
- Supports a healthier lifestyle
- Healthier lifestyle
- Increases muscle tone, stamina and activity level
- Reduces fear/anxiety
- Increases sense of well-being and enjoyment
Cardiac rehabilitation occurs in three phases, which are designed to meet the specific needs of each patient during the stages of recovery.
Typically occurs during hospitalization and includes education on condition and lifestyle changes. Patients begin to resume activity in preparation for going home.
Occurs in the outpatient setting. Patients participate in a medically supervised exercise program three times a week for about three months.
Helps people maintain the commitment to a healthy lifestyle, including ongoing exercise, risk factor management and lifestyle changes.