Cardiac Rehab of the Highest Standard
The Cardiac Outpatient Rehabilitation department at Saint Agnes meets the rigorous standards set by the American Heart Association (AHA) that regulates cardiac pulmonary rehabilitation programs. We have also achieved several voluntary certifications by the AHA to give our patients a level of care that goes above the standard.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR PATIENTS
How effective is cardiac rehabilitation?
A large body of research supports that a medically supervised exercise and education program reduces the chance of a second heart attack and improves survival and overall well-being.
Is your program simply an exercise class?
Exercise is a big part of the program, but it is only one component. Each class consists of a warm-up and cool-down stretching session, cardiovascular conditioning and an education session.
Is the exercise like an aerobics workout? Will I be able to keep up with it?
Each patient is evaluated at the beginning of the program to determine a safe level of exercise tolerance. Based on this, an individualized exercise program will be prescribed. As your conditioning improves, the amount of exercise will progressively increase.
Do I have to attend every session?
Yes. To gain the most benefit from this program, it is crucial to attend all sessions. The program consists of 3 one-hour sessions per week for 6 – 32 weeks. We offer a range of class times, with a flexible schedule to suit the needs of those heading back to work.
What type of patient population do you accept?
Most of our patients have had a recent cardiac event or procedure. Individuals at high risk for heart disease, such as those with a strong family history and other documented risk factors may also benefit. Patients with congestive heart failure especially demonstrate good outcomes.
What is the waiting time for referred patients to be seen?
New patients are started in our program every day. Most referrals are evaluated within 1-2 weeks.
Will my doctor be notified of my progress?
Absolutely. Close contact with a patient’s referring physician is crucial to long-term success of this program.
When can I resume my ordinary physical activities after a heart attack or heart surgery?
You should be carefully evaluated by your physician prior to resuming certain activities such as jogging, swimming, gardening, etc.
Preventive Cardiology Services
Cardiac Outpatient Rehabilitation
Our patients have access to a wide-range of rehabilitation services, including:
- Physical conditioning and fitness training
- Cardiac monitoring during exercise
- Individualized education
- Nutrition counseling
- Psycho-social counseling
- Physician progress reports
Know the Warning Signs*
If you see or have any of the following symptoms, call 911 immediately.
- Chest discomfort
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body
- Shortness of breath
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
*Provided by the American Heart Association.