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
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.
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.
Post-Acute Cardiac Care:
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.
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