Our cardiac rehab program educates the patient on his cardiovascular condition, helps the patient gain confidence for managing his condition, and guides the patient in lifestyle modification. At Valley View, we strive to leave our patients with a positive impression of the whole hospital experience. This cardiac rehab program is directed by physicians, and staffed by exercise physiologists, dietitians, nurses and stress management counselors.
Phase I: Inpatient
Cardiac rehab staff starts the education process with the patient and/or family. Education includes medications, cardiac procedures, and cardiac risk factor awareness. We help the patient set short term goals, and we will give simple guidelines for activities. Additionally, we want patients to be able to recognize signs and symptoms of potential problems, and spread these potentially lifesaving skills to friends and family.
Phase II: Outpatient
Continuing care is our focus at Valley View, and so therapy begins within weeks of an event or procedure. Our outpatient program is goal-driven and multidimensional, including monitored exercise, dietary education and stress management counseling. We reinforce risk factor education and modification, and analyze measures of change in order to reflect on successes and needs of improvement. Regular updates on the patient’s treatment are noted to the referring physician. Insurance overage varies, but most follow Medicare guidelines of up to 36 one-hour sessions.
Phase III: Maintenance
Upon graduation from an early outpatient program, the patient will have the tools to lead a healthy lifestyle. We offer continuing care with maintenance exercise classes at our facility — the patient exercises independently and at an out-of-pocket fee, but still has the security of cardiac rehab staff and the social support of their fellow classmates. Education continues in this setting, along with regular goal making and health status updates.
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