What is Cardiac Rehab?
Cardiac Rehab is a multidisciplinary program designed to help manage heart disease and assist patients in their recovery after a coronary event. Exercise prescriptions and treatment plans are developed by the Exercise Specialist and are based on an assessment of the patient’s goals, needs, and capabilities. Each patient’s treatment plan is individualized and shared with the patient’s cardiologist to ensure a safe and effective program.
UMC Health System’s Cardiac Rehab provides medically supervised and monitored exercise sessions. The focus is on secondary prevention, which allows the Cardiac Rehab Therapist to educate the patient about risk factors, nutrition, exercise, stress and emotional aspects of heart disease, medications, anatomy, and function of heart disease. Applying cardiac rehab learnings to everyday life will help prevent the recurrence of a cardiac event.
What Does the Program Involve?
Upon referral from a cardiologist, an on-site benefits specialist will confirm insurance coverage of the program. An initial evaluation is then scheduled to assess needs for entry into the Cardiac Rehab program. Once an evaluation is completed a class time is chosen based on availability. At UMC we seek to provide a convenient schedule for patients. Treatment days are 2-3 days a week and last up to an hour. Cardiac Rehab generally lasts 8-12 weeks or up to 36 sessions. Available class times can be obtained through contacting the Cardiac Rehab team at UMC. During each session, each patient’s vital signs, progress and EKG are monitored with a portable telemetry system. The primary focus is on cardiovascular endurance, strength and education. Our program’s goal is to return patients to their daily activities and increase quality of life following a cardiac event.
UMC Cardiac Rehab is Nationally Certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-reviewed accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by the AACVPR and other professional societies. Certified AACVPR programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices.