A person recovering from a heart attack or interventional procedure such as angioplasty can improve cardiovascular function and overall sense of wellness through cardiac rehabilitation. Rehab may also be recommended when an individual has a history of heart disease or is considered “at risk.”
Designed to help patients improve physical fitness and overall health, Greenwich Hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation program uses a mind/body approach, taking into account a person’s emotional and spiritual health as well as the physical aspects. The program helps patients understand their limits and how to progress safely with intensity and duration of workouts.
The program includes monitored exercise, diet and nutritional counseling, and informational sessions on stress management, smoking cessation, medication management and other topics. The multidisciplinary team includes exercise physiologists, registered nurses, and registered dietitians, working together to develop and individualized program for each patient.
The program is located at the hospital. It consists of two phases:
- Phase 1: Patients participate in individual counseling, group classes and monitored exercise. This is usually covered by Medicare and private insurance following heart attack, angioplasty, cardiac bypass, heart valve repair/replacement and heart transplant, and for patients diagnosed with heart failure or stable angina.
- Phase 2: After spending 3 months at Phase 1, patients may exercise with supervision, but without any specialized heart monitoring.
Patients are required to submit a Physician Referral Form prior to beginning the program.
For more information about Cardiac Rehabilitation, call 203-863-3195.