NPMC Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, also known as the Heart Connection, provides a gradual progression of aerobic exercise to heart patients. The Cardiac Rehabilitation staff closely monitors the patient’s progression through an individualized exercise program.
The Heart Connection program educates patients on risk factor modifications by learning about heart disease, cardiac medications, diet and nutrition, exercise and personal risk factors. Patients receive an individualized plan of care and attention. In addition, patients network with others who have similar experiences and feelings. Through a three-phase program, patients can gradually learn how to live a comfortable and healthy lifestyle.
The Heart Connection program begins directly after a patient leaves the Intensive Care Unit. Patients are evaluated and prepare for the upcoming program. Exercise, diet, stress management, medical history, supervised ECG and blood pressure monitoring are included during these inpatient sessions. Support and education for family members is offered at this point.
Patients begin a 12-week outpatient program that is supervised and monitored by a physician. This phase includes a monitored exercise program, risk factor education, development of a home exercise program, food and dairy diet consultation. The outpatient program is geared to individual levels, which are closely monitored, by nurses and staff.
Patients begin a maintenance program consisting of a physician supervised non-monitored exercise program teaching self-regulation through exercise to meet personal goals. The program’s final phase places strong emphasis on a lifelong exercise program and positive lifestyle modification.
In addition, the Heart Connection nurses and staff work in collaboration to provide individual guidance for patients needing diabetic or dietary assistance. Emphasis is placed on fat intake reduction, caloric adjustment, cholesterol instructions and basic alteration of eating habits.
Through education and instruction, the Heart Connection can help you prepare to lead a healthier lifestyle. For additional information, call the Heart Connection at (501) 620-1185.