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What is cardiac rehabilitation?

Cardiac rehabilitation is offered at Beckley ARH, Hazard ARH and Whitesburg ARH and is a physician-supervised program for people who have either congenital or acquired heart disease. The cardiac rehabilitation program at ARH is designed to provide safe activities and education to prepare you for the challenges of returning to your day-to-day activities after experiencing a heart attack or undergoing heart bypass surgery.

The rehab staff is committed to working with individual patients and their families to improve emotional well-being, functional capacity, and their quality of life by developing multiple risk factor interventions that are appropriate for each patient.

Cardiac Rehabilitation is approximately a 12 week program with monitored exercise sessions that you can do while you live at home. Cardiac Rehab is a safe and effective way to build confidence and strength, plus improves healthy lifestyle practices. Also there is a great amount of support from the cardiac rehab team and other participants that help a great deal with recovery.

A cardiac rehabilitation program is designed to meet the needs of the individual patient, depending upon the specific heart problem or disease, and should be supervised by a cardiac physician and a team of cardiac professionals. The program's length may range from six weeks to a year or longer and will depend on your specific needs.

Conditions or cardiac procedures that may necessitate cardiac rehabilitation may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • angina pectoris
  • myocardial infarction
  • post-open heart surgery
  • post-heart transplantation
  • balloon angioplasty
  • stent placement
  • pacemaker
  • congenital heart disease
  • arrhythmias
  • rheumatic heart disease
  • heart failure

How can Cardiac Rehabilitation benefit me?

Cardiac Rehabilitation is proven effective to reduce the risk of a future cardiac event and reduces costly hospital admissions. Exercise is medicine plus you should feel a whole lot better too!