Cardiac Rehab: What It Is, Why It Matters, Does It Help

Jun 03 2018

Cardiac Rehab: What It Is, Why It Matters, Does It Help

Cardiac rehab can be extremely effective, yet many heart attack victims choose to bypass it. Rehab improves the ability of the heart to return quickly to a normal rate after exercise, and that in turn doubles the chances of survival.


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Cardiac Rehab: Goals

The goals of rehab are reducing your risk of future heart problems, improving your health, and quality of life.

Cardiac rehab involves exercise training, emotional support, and education about lifestyle changes to reduce heart disease risk. This includes eating a heart-healthy diet, keeping a healthy weight, and quitting smoking.

Research shows that cardiac rehab programs can reduce risk of death from heart disease and also reduce risk of future heart problems. The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology both strongly recommend heart rehab programs.


Cardiac Rehab: It’s Highly Recommended

Rehab helps for many forms of heart disease. In particular, it is advised for several forms of cardiac problems such as:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart failure
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Chest pain (angina)
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Certain congenital heart diseases
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Angioplasty and stents
  • Heart or lung transplant
  • Heart valve repair or replacement
  • Pulmonary hypertension


Most cardiac rehab programs last about three months. In special situations, people may be able to do an intensive program that may last one or two weeks, several hours a day. The rehab team of health care professionals can include cardiologists, nurse educators, nutrition specialists, exercise specialists, mental health specialists, and physical and occupational therapists.


Cardiac Rehab:  Many Benefits

Cardiac rehab is highly recommended by The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology. It has several long-term and short-term benefits. Among them are the following:

  • Strengthening your heart and body after a heart attack.
  • Relieving symptoms of heart problems, such as chest pain.
  • Building healthier habits, including getting more physical activity, quitting smoking, and eating a heart-healthy diet. The diet eliminates unhealthy fats and adds more fruits and vegetables that are high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
  • Reduces stress.
  • Improves your mood. People are more likely to feel depressed after a heart attack. Cardiac rehab lowers depression.
  • Increases energy and strength, making daily activities easier.
  • Motivates you to take your prescribed medicines.
  • Prevents future heart problems and death. Studies have found that cardiac rehab decreases mortality rates by 20-30% in the five years following a heart attack or bypass surgery.

Cardiac Rehab: Superb Rehab Program at Grand Healthcare Center

The Grand Health Care and Rehabilitation Center offers a state of the art cardiac rehab program run by a skilled nursing staff. It offers comprehensive programs focusing on exercise, behavioral modification, and education. Specialists create individualized plans of action that improve the health of patients with heart disease.

Cardiac rehab services provided are:

  • One to One Nutritional Assessment And Counseling
  • 24 Hour Physician Services
  • All Day Therapy As Tolerated
  • Daily Exercise Group
  • Constant Nursing Rehab
  • Daily Support Group
  • Dedicated Interdisciplinary Cardiopulmonary Team
  • High-Tech Cardiopulmonary Specific Equipment
  • Medical And Professional Nursing Staff Trained On
  • Post Discharge Follow-Up
  • Respiratory Therapy Services
  • Specialized Cardiopulmonary Trained Nurses, CNAs, & Support Staff
  • Specialized Discharge Planning With Access To Community Resources



For the finest cardiac rehab care administered by a skilled and compassionate nursing staff, call us  (718-215-6000)  to arrange for a guided tour of our facilities.

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Barry G

Barry graduated from City University of New York and holds a Ph.D. in Physiological Psychology.

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