According to the American College of Cardiology, an outstanding Cardio Rehabilitation Program contains five vital components to successful outcomes after a heart-related incident.
- Regular Exercise
From supervised activities to a daily walk in the park, the idea is to get moving.
- Adopt a Heart Healthy Diet
Include meals that are rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat meats, and fish.
- Reduce Stress
Learn to control daily stress through relaxation techniques, recreation, music, and other various methods.
- Medical Therapy
Follow your provider's instructions carefully and take your medications as directed.
- Stop Smoking
If you need assistance stopping smoking visit Knox Public Health for Tobacco Cessation support and resources.
How Can Cardiac Rehabilitation Help?
It can lower your chances of a 2nd heart attack, heart surgery, and reduce the overall risk of a future cardiac event.
Talk to a healthcare provider about enrolling in the cardiac rehabilitation program at KCH if you or a loved one wants to lessen chest pain, reduce the need for medications, control high blood pressure and cholesterol or assist with weight loss.
Coronary heart disease is a common term for the buildup of plaque in the heart’s arteries that could lead to heart attack.
With coronary artery disease or ischemia, plaque begins to grow within the coronary artery walls and limits blood flow to the heart muscle. This narrowing of the coronary artery can build up over time or be acute and result in a sudden rupture.