Patients for cardiac rehabilitation include those who are recovering from heart attack (myocardial infarction), open heart surgery, angina, angioplasty, stent placement, heart transplant, and those considered at risk for developing coronary disease. Also eligible are those who want to participate in a structured exercise program to improve their health and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Initial exercises include range of motion activities, walking. These exercises aid your recovery, decrease de conditioning associated with bed rest, gradually increase your activity level and improve your confidence for long term lifestyle changes.
Exercises are individualized for you based on your medical condition and recommendations from your physician. Upon discharge home exercise program are included.
The primary goal of the physio is to improve cardiovascular functional capacity. Your exercise tolerance test will determine your individualized exercise program. The exercise prescription enables you to achieve cardiovascular conditioning safely, within the limitations of your heart disease.
This is achieved in typically from 6-12 weeks, with 1-hour exercise sessions meeting 2-3 times per week. The frequency of the program can be designed to meet your individual needs.