|Monitored Cardiac Rehabilitation
If you have experienced a cardiac event, don't
let it hinder your life! Take a step forward with heart healthy living
with our Cardiac Rehabilitation program, and have
some fun in the process.
For life-long cardiac health, it is important to begin
cardiac rehabilitation as soon as possible after a heart attack or treatment
of a heart condition. During the first phase of cardiac rehabilitation,
which began in the hospital, you learned more about the factors that
contributed to your heart condition, the first step toward a full recovery.
Now, your cardiac healing and rehabilitation continues
in an outpatient setting close to home. Our monitored program provides
a medically supervised telemetry monitored, 12-week exercise and education
program to help you successfully continue your recovery from a heart
attack, bypass surgery, angioplasty, or other cardiac event.
Cardiac Rehab is offered on an outpatient basis in our state-of-the-art
fitness gym, conveniently located in the Ambulatory Care Center on the
UCMC campus located in Bel Air, Maryland.
There are three core components to the Upper Chesapeake Cardiac Rehabilitation
Phase II Program.
1. Exercise Training
Exercise training is found to be the best lifestyle
change you can make to improve your cardiac health. Your exercise training
will be tailored for your specific needs and abilities.
- Our specially
trained cardiac rehabilitation team teaches you how to exercise safely
- Your individualized exercise plan includes aerobic conditioning,
flexibility, and strength training exercises
- The exercise program is geared toward building your
fitness level, strengthening your heart, and boosting your confidence.
You will also learn how to continue to exercise on your own, once you
graduate from the program.
Understanding your illness can lead to life-long, heart-healthy
living. Our cardiac rehabilitation program brings together the expertise
of cardiologists, cardiac rehabilitation nurses, exercise physiologists,
dietitians and many other disciplines to help you and your family learn
about heart disease, recover from your cardiac procedure and promote
long-term cardiac health. You will learn to develop the skills necessary
to make healthy lifestyle changes and make them part of your daily routine.
Our in-depth cardiac education teaches you:
- How to improve your diet:
including what to eat and how to prepare it
- Methods to lower your
cholesterol through good nutrition and physical activity
- Understand your medications: how to take them properly
and what they are used for
- How to quit smoking if you are a smoker
- Important information regarding recovering from heart disease
- How to recognize the signs and symptoms of cardiovascular disease
- How to prepare to return to work should this be your personal
- Strategies to reduce your risk of another cardiac event through
risk factor modification
- How to maintain good blood sugar and blood pressure control
- Strategies to manage stress in your life
- How to start and continue a safe exercise program, integrate
regular exercise into your lifestyle, and tips for purchasing exercise
Change is never easy. Our cardiac rehabilitation professionals will
work with you to help you understand the changes and challenges you may
face. We will teach you coping strategies that will help you come to
terms with your heart condition and move on with your life.
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