Cardiac Rehab: Healing Your Heart

Posted Feb 26, 2013 | Posted in Diseases & Treatments

RehabHeart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.  Almost 1 million people suffer from a heart attack each year.  Fortunately, many survive and have the opportunity to recover and improve their heart health.  A cardiac rehab program can help you recover after many heart or cardiovascular problems, including the following:

  • Angina (chest pain)
  • Angioplasty and or stent placement
  • Heart attack
  • Heart transplantation
  • Valve repair/replacement
  • Lung transplantation
  • Open heart surgery


Components of a Cardiac Rehab Program


Experiencing a heart attack, heart surgery, or other heart problem is a stressful and emotional ordeal.  The road to recovery can be daunting, and it is often difficult to accept that changes need to be made. Part of a cardiac rehab program is counseling, both individually or with friends and family, because your emotional well-being and support of your loved ones is crucial for recovery.


Understanding why a heart problem has occurred can help you know how to avoid it in the future.  Education plays a part in cardiac rehab because many patients do not have a clear understanding of how their previous lifestyle may have affected their health.  In a cardiac rehab program, you will learn how diet, exercise, and other lifestyle choices can lead to heart disease, and how changing those habits can lead to a better quality of life.

Supervised Exercise Sessions

The majority of your time in a cardiac rehab program will be spent in supervised group exercise classes.  Before beginning any exercise, the staff will give you a complete assessment and create an individual exercise program that is tailored specifically for your needs.  Even though you will be participating in group classes, each patient has individual needs and goals that they will be working towards.  During class, your blood pressure, heart rate and other vital signs will be monitored and the class will be closely supervised by a physician, respiratory therapist, nurse, and exercise specialist to ensure your safety.  These classes will help you learn how to incorporate exercise into your lifestyle so you can continue to stay healthy and fit after you complete the program.

To learn more about the cardiac rehab program at Johnston Health, call 919-938-7127 or visit our website

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