Cardiac Rehabilitation Program to Reverse and Prevent Heart Disease

If you have had a recent heart attack or heart problem it is so important to start a cardiac rehabilitation program.

  • Heart Stent
  • Heart Surgery
  • Angina
  • Myocarditis
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes

cardiac rehabilitation program

We have seen so many people reverse and prevent future heart problems by focusing a a solid cardiac rehabilitation programThere is no magic formula. It is just important that you get the vital information quickly to prevent the progression of heart disease. Cardiac rehabilitation ensure that you reverse and prevent heart disease. The #1 cause of death and hospitalization of men and women. Heart disease does not have any biases. Heart disease can effect the super fit like marathon runners and of course can effect the unfit. A cardiac rehabilitation and prevention program is so important to understand where your risks are and more importantly reverse and prevent the disease process.

Cardiac rehabilitation exercise programs and heart attack prevention are important. How important?
Please review the research:

Heart attack patients benefit from cardiac rehabilitation within 30 days, says national study.

Heart attack patients are at risk of more problems if they don’t begin a cardiac rehabilitation program within 30 days after their heart attack, shows a nation-wide study .

Thousands of people are diagnosed with heart disease each year in the Capital Health region and the volume of patients eligible for cardiac rehabilitation program services is steadily growing.  Of patients hospitalized for treatment of heart disease, only about 30 percent participate in cardiac rehabilitation services after they are discharged from hospital.

In a report published today in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, researchers say quick access to cardiac rehabilitation can reduce the likelihood of patients having another heart attack—and reduce their risk of dying by 20 to 30 percent.  Moreover, patients who make appropriate lifestyle changes can actually slow or halt their heart disease process.

“A heart attack is a life-altering event that has a profound effect on a patient, physically, emotionally, and socially,” says Dr. Dafoe, Capital Health’s Regional Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Alberta.   “Cardiac rehabilitation helps patients address those issues—and slow the ‘revolving door’ of patients coming in and out of hospital with preventable heart problems.”

A cardiac rehabilitation program will provide patients with advice on diet, smoking cessation, exercise, return to work and other activities, and a range of cardiac medications. Programs also address the emotional aspects of recovery and lifestyle—depression and anxiety, for example, can be debilitating and slow down the recovery process.

In this national study led by Dr. William Dafoe and Dr. Helen Stokes, Capital Health’s Regional Program Manager of Cardiac Rehabilitation and other national colleagues, 4,000 heart attack patient cases were reviewed. Average waiting times for cardiac rehabilitation were compared in centres across Canada to determine acceptable waiting times.  The report recommends that patients begin rehabilitation with 30 days of their cardiac event.  Those recommendations will become part of a national program to establish optimal waiting times for cardiac rehabilitation services. Here in Alberta, the recommendations will also be examined as part of provincial planning to improve access to all aspects of the heart patient’s journey.  Expanding access to all aspects of heart care, including rehabilitation, will be a major focus of the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, which opened in 2007.

In Capital Health, inpatient cardiac rehabilitation program is offered at most hospitals, and outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program is offered at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital and the Grey Nuns Community Hospital. Dr. Dafoe and Dr. Stokes have worked with a regional team of physicians and staff to develop a long-range, innovative plan to increase access to cardiac rehabilitation services.  One example is a pilot project to provide cardiac rehabilitation care by phone and internet, an option especially helpful for patients living at some distance from outpatient programs.

“Many patients comment on the positive difference that these programs make to their lives after a cardiac event,” says Dr. Stokes. “We are working to ensure that our services are accessible, timely and effective in helping people to achieve as good a lifestyle as they can, with the right amount of help and encouragement from a range of healthcare professionals.”

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