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Tahoe Forest Health System suggests you choose a heart-healthy lifestyle

Did you know that you can actually lower your risk of further heart problems, even if you’ve already experienced a heart attack? Tahoe Forest Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Department can help. Education and risk reduction programs can greatly improve your heart health.

Who should take part in Cardiac Rehab?

Doctors often prescribe Cardiac Rehab for people who have had a heart attack or bypass surgery. But people with many types of heart or blood vessel disease can benefit from Cardiac Rehab. Rehab might help you if you have had heart failure, peripheral artery disease (PAD), heart transplant or will have angioplasty to open a coronary artery or a valve replacement.

The goals of Cardiac Rehab are to increase your understanding about your condition and treatment. Help you make the right lifestyle changes to decrease your risk of a heart attack or stroke and reduce the need for future surgery. Increase your ability to perform your job and daily or recreational activities. Provide you and your family the support and motivation to make important lifestyle changes.

The goals of cardiac rehab are different for each patient. Your health care team will look at your general health, personal heart problem, risks for future heart problems, doctor’s recommendations, and, of course, your preferences.

Cardiac Rehab has two major parts, exercise training and education and counseling. You will learn to exercise safely, strengthen your muscles and improve your stamina. Education will help you understand your heart condition and find ways to reduce your risk of future heart problems. The Cardiac Rehab team will help you learn how to cope with the stress of adjusting to a new lifestyle and to deal with fears about the future.

Cardiac Rehab can reduce your symptoms and your chances of having more heart problems. The risk of fatal heart attack is reduced by 25 percent. There is decreased severity of angina and decreased need for medicines to control angina. Costs for doctor visits and hospitalizations are reduced by 35 percent for those who participate in Cardiac Rehab. Visits to the emergency room are also reduced. Blood pressure, shortness of breath and fatigue are reduced. Increased exercise tolerance allows longer activity.

Lower cholesterol and triglyceride, decreased emotional stress, depression, and anxiety. Significant weight loss occurs when exercise is combined with other changes in lifestyle, such as eating a balanced diet.

Cardiac Rehab tones muscles and improves energy level and spirits. It helps both heart and body get stronger and work better.

Cardiac Rehab can help you quit smoking. Kicking the habit means less risk of lung cancer, emphysema and bronchitis, as well as less risk of heart attack, stroke, and other heart and blood vessel problems. It means more energy, and it means better health for your loved ones.

Aerobic exercise raises your pulse rate and makes you perspire. It helps improve the flow of oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. Strength training, such as using weights, improves your muscle strength and your stamina. Both types of exercise in the right amount are safe and important for your heart health.

For more information or to sign up for cardiac rehab call 582-3285.

” Provided by Tahoe Forest Health System


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