What is Cardiovascular Rehab?
If you have had a heart attack or have been diagnosed with heart disease your cardiologist may recommend cardiac rehab at a cardiovascular center. At the cardiovascular center, your cardiologist or cardiac surgeon will prescribe a plan that a team of professionals will follow to help you get your heart into better shape through exercise, nutrition and stress management.
Cardiac rehab is like having your own personal team of cheerleaders cheering you on to a healthier you. Through diet, exercise, and stress management you can improve your heart health, and your quality of life.
It is Proven Effective
Cardiac rehab at the cardiovascular center is a proven effective way to improve heart health. Your heart is a muscle ( a complex muscle) and like all muscles, you have to use it or it weakens. One of the main parts of cardiac rehabilitation is supervised exercise.
Study after study indicates that people that participate in cardiac rehab after a cardiac event recover faster and may even avoid another event. Cardiac rehab is your first step to a heart-healthy lifestyle.
The Support is The Key
At the cardiovascular center it is well understood that patients that have had a cardiac event or are dealing with heart disease may feel anxious. It can be very scary to get on a treadmill after an event or even do light exercise. The instinct is to protect the heart by not moving, but the reality is, moving will help to rebuild the heart. It can be hard to get past the feeling of moving can mean another trip to the emergency room, but you are in good hands and no one would put you at risk.
Of course, you can get cardiac rehab at home on your own, but why would you when you can get the support of caring professionals that are there to cheer you on? Successfully making lifestyle changes to get your heart healthy is a lot easier when you have a team on your side.
You Can Do This
One of the best ways to improve your health is to follow your doctor’s orders. Your cardiologist is an expert in heart care. If your cardiologist ordered cardiac rehab, do yourself a favor and follow the orders. You can improve your heart health, and you can improve the quality of your life with a little help from a team of caring professionals at the cardiovascular center.