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Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation is designed to increase ones overall quality of life. Through exercise, education and risk factor reduction, it’s possible to fight back and be successful in this battle against heart disease.
Cardiac rehab doesn't change your past, but it can help you improve your heart's future. It's a medically supervised program designed to help improve your cardiovascular health if you have experienced heart attack, heart failure, angioplasty or heart surgery. Think of cardiac rehab as three equally important parts:
Pulmonary rehabilitation may help you breathe easier and improve your quality of life if you have certain lung conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, or Pulmonary fibrosis. It can also improve daily life for people who have health problems that limit lung function. Your doctor may also recommend pulmonary rehabilitation before or after surgery for a lung transplant. Pulmonary rehabilitation can help you gain strength, reduce symptoms of anxiety or depression, and make it easier to manage routine activities, work, and outings or social activities that you enjoy.
When you first start pulmonary rehabilitation, you will attend an orientation where your team of health care providers will want to learn more about your health. Your team will go over your medical history and current treatments. They may check on your mental health and ask about your diet. Then they will work together to create a plan that is right for you. It may include:
You don’t need to face heart disease alone. Cardiac rehab is a team effort. It’s a medically-supervised program in which you partner with your doctors, nurses, pharmacists — plus family and friends — to take charge of the choices, lifestyle and habits that affect your heart.
You’re in the driver’s seat...but here’s what we suggest to get started:
Many people of all ages who have heart conditions can benefit from a cardiac rehab program.
You may benefit if you have had a recent cardiac event or pulmonary condition (within the last 12 months):
Medicare and most other insurers provide reimbursement for all the recommended conditions. Recommended conditions include:
As a service to the heart and lung patients here at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, we offer a complete cardiac rehab and pulmonary rehabilitation program. Our program is divided into two phases.
Phase I is targeted to patients who are in the hospital recovering from heart attack, bypass surgery, angioplasty, stent, and other interventional procedures. The staff provides patients and their families with cardiac education and emotional support during their hospital stay.
Check with your medical team and insurer to determine if cardiac rehab is covered under your plan.