After undergoing surgery and other treatments for a heart condition, women will need follow-up care and some longer-term support to ensure that they recover as healthfully as possible. By following through with cardiac rehabilitation, women can significantly reduce their risk of developing future heart problems while also promoting their overall sense of wellbeing.
At the Loma Linda University Medical Center, our skilled staff is dedicated to providing women with compassionate, state-of-the-art cardiac rehabilitation services that:
- Teach women how to change their lifestyle habits to promote optimal heart health
- Support them as they make vital lifestyle changes
- Provide ongoing medical treatments should new heart conditions or other health issues arise
To guarantee that each woman is getting the best, most effective rehab program possible, our heart specialists develop unique cardiac rehabilitation programs specifically tailored to each woman's condition and needs.
Our Cardiac Rehabilitation Services
While the elements of our cardiac rehabilitation programs will vary from woman to woman, in most cases, they will include but are not limited to some combination of:
- Fitness training to show women proper fitness techniques and help them develop a healthy exercise routine
- Nutritional counseling to develop realistic diet plans that are low in fat and sodium
- Medication to treat lingering hypertension, or high blood pressure, high cholesterol and / or blood clots
- Help quitting smoking and / or overcoming alcohol addition
- Stress management counseling to help women learn how to better manage and, if possible, reduce the stress in their lives
- Therapy and support groups to help women cope with the emotional aspects of overcoming heart conditions
- Regular doctors visits and blood tests to monitor women's heart health
Conditions Benefiting from Cardiac Rehabilitation
Our cardiac rehabilitation services can be effective for women of all ages who have experienced a variety of conditions and / or procedures, including but not limited to:
- Angina or chest pain
- Angioplasty and stents
- Bypass surgeries
- Cardiomyopathy or weakened, enlarged heart
- Congenital heart diseases
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Valve replacements
What to Expect During Cardiac Rehabilitation
Generally, our cardiac rehabilitation programs will progress along the following three phases:
- Hospitalization – Our top-of-the-line programs start immediately after patients undergo surgery or other procedures for their heart condition. In an effort to help patients start regaining their strength, our specialists will have patients start practicing non-strenuous, day-to-day activities, including:
- Sitting up
- Limited stair climbing
- Early recovery – As soon as patients are ready to return home, the early recovery phase of cardiac rehabilitation begins. In an outpatient setting, our staff will help women slowly increase their levels of activity by recommending appropriate exercise routines such as longer walks, home exercises and / or gentle calisthenics. During this time, we can also help women adopt healthier diets, quit smoking and improve their overall wellbeing.
- Ongoing care – To help women maintain heart healthy lifestyles in the long-term, this phase of cardiac rehabilitation includes regular, but less frequent, checkups. Our specialists will continue to follow up with women to ensure that they have appropriately adjusted to their new lifestyle habits.
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