Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs in New Jersey

Improved Heart Health Specialists

Cardiac rehabilitation helps you take an active role in improving your heart health. Much more than merely exercise, these professionally supervised programs also provide education and counseling that can increase your physical fitness, reduce cardiac symptoms, improve health and reduce the risk of future heart problems. Your total heart health team may include nutritionists, physical therapists, exercise physiologists and critical care nurses.

Cardiac rehabilitation is recommended for individuals who have had coronary bypass surgery, valve surgery, a heart attack, angioplasty, stable angina, an LVAD or heart transplant. People seeking to improve their cardiac health are encouraged to consult with their physician about a referral.

Research shows that cardiac rehabilitation may:

  • improve the efficiency of the heart muscle as a pump;
  • enhance sense of well-being and self confidence;
  • identify poor health habits and cardiac risk factors in order to help achieve a better quality of life;
  • increase ability to manage stress.

Most insurance providers, including Medicare, recognize the importance of cardiac rehabilitation and cover all or a portion of Phase I and Phase II treatment. Speak with your physician to obtain the necessary referral.

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Phase I Open Heart Surgery Bedside Management

Inpatient cardiac rehabilitation combines instruction and education concerning cardiac disease and the necessary plan of treatment. If you undergo heart surgery and are considered a candidate for cardiac rehabilitation, a physical therapist or exercise physiologist will become part of your recovery team, along with your physician, nurses, dieticians and social worker.

Our team will discuss the various lifestyle factors and conditions that increase your probability of developing heart disease. These risk factors include stress, smoking, hypertension, sedentary lifestyle, high fat diet and diabetes mellitus.

Patients who have had surgery will begin an exercise program with walking and stair training that will help you return to the activities of daily living.

Phase II Outpatient Medically Supervised Exercise Program

Your individual cardiac rehabilitation program is designed to assist you in establishing a healthy lifestyle by reducing your cardiac risk factors. The team develops an exercise regime based on your exercise stress test results, medical history and physician prescription. Designed to fit your needs and abilities, your workouts are conducted under the supervision of a registered nurse or certified exercise physiologist who monitors your heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen saturation to measure your body's response to exercise. The program consists of hour-long sessions of instruction and monitored exercise up to five days per week for up to 36 sessions.

Phase II is covered by all insurance programs following open heart surgery with a physician referral. Our Cardiac Rehab staff will help you determine your specific coverage.

Phase III Lifestyle Modification and Management

Graduates of Phase II are encouraged to enroll in a non-monitored exercise program. This phase of cardiac rehabilitation is designed to foster the independence and self-awareness necessary for a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Prior to completing the Phase II and Phase III programs, an individualized, safe, home exercise program is developed for you.

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Post-Acute Cardiac Care: Treating People With Heart

Recovering from and managing a cardiac condition is an intense process that requires patience, compassion and persistence. Through innovative, leading-edge therapy programs and a commitment to following each patient through every step of his/her care, RWJBarnabas Health has positioned itself as a leader in the field of post-acute cardiac care services. Our specialized post-acute cardiac programs are developed in collaboration with the cardiac experts at our Heart Centers ensuring that individuals have access to outstanding care and a variety of services when in need of additional support following a cardiac condition.

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Barnabas Health Home Health Care Services

Barnabas Health’s Home Health Care Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is a conditioning program which assists cardiac patients and families with the transition from the hospital setting to home. It enables patients to continue rehabilitation that was started in the hospital, in the comfort of their own home. In conjunction with the patient’s cardiologist and primary care physician, the home health care physical and occupational therapists employ various activities to increase the patient's strength, reserve energy, relieve anxiety and enable him/her to maintain independence. A registered nurse also visits each patient to conduct an initial assessment.

  • Cardiac Home Monitoring
  • Congestive Heart Failure Program

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