Understanding Cardiac Rehabilitation
Your heart is the hardest working muscle in your body. MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital strives to keep it that way. Whatever your heart problem may be, you're in good hands with the technology, treatment and restorative care at MedStar Good Samaritan.
MedStar Good Samaritan's cardiac and vascular services feature experienced specialists and state-of-the-art programs for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.
Cardiac rehabilitation can make a difference.
Most individuals return to their usual activities within a few months after a heart attack, angioplasty or coronary stenting, coronary bypass surgery, heart valve repair or replacement, or heart /heart-lung transplant. Almost everyone can benefit from cardiac rehab, and no one is too old or too young to enroll. It is safe and can help you:
- Feel better faster
- Get stronger
- Reduce stress
- Manage blood pressure
- Increase self-confidence
Cardiac rehab begins in the hospital (phase I) after you have a heart attack, angioplasty or heart surgery. Research has shown that significant long-term benefits can be gained by continuing your recovery phase and enrolling in an outpatient program, cardiac rehab (phase II). Your program is an individualized, carefully monitored combination of exercise therapy and education.
Ask your doctor about a phase II cardiac rehab program. You can discuss the benefits of this program with him or her.
Insurance may cover all or part of the cost of cardiac rehabilitation services. The percentage of your coverage will be determined by your health insurance policy.
Program Design - Phase II
- Three sessions per week
- An individualized exercise program designed to make and keep your heart healthy
- Cardiovascular activity
- Muscle strengthening
- Flexibility exercises
- Heart rhythm monitoring
- Blood pressure monitoring
Learn about your heart and heart disease. Group classes cover topics of concern to you and your family members, such as monitoring heart disease, risk factors, heart-smart eating, coping with cardiac disease, guidelines for exercise and medication management.
Learning specific skills will help break old habits and learn new ones. Learn more ways to lower your risk for heart disease.
The Cardiac Rehab Team
- Primary care doctor
- Nurses and health educators
- Exercise physiologists
And you... the most important member of the team! Take charge of your recovery. You can make the biggest difference in your health.
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Monday, Wednesday and Friday
9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon
Program Design - Phase III
After completing phase II, your exercise program will become less structured and more independent.
It is here that you enter the third phase of the rehabilitation process. At the Good Health Center, we encourage you to continue your commitment to improved health through regular, unsupervised exercise. Use of the facility is available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for a low monthly fee. The Good Health Center staff continues to be available to assist you with periodic exercise program updates and modifications.
For non-cardiac clients who have a chronic condition that exercise has been proven to benefit, such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, etc., the phase III exercise program is also available. For a physician referral, call our Good Health Center at 443-444-GOOD (4663).
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