Here’s how cardiac rehabilitation can help you regain control of your health.

Cardiac rehabilitation is a program geared to individuals recovering from a heart attack, heart surgery or other forms of heart disease. It is designed to improve cardiovascular health and prevent future heart issues through exercise training, education for heart-healthy living and counseling to reduce stress.

“Without regular participation in physical activity, the body begins to slowly lose strength, which puts patients at a higher risk for another cardiac event. Participating in physical activity during the recovery process for heart attack, heart surgery or other forms of heart disease is important to help improve a patient’s quality of life and reduce the risk of future cardiac events.

Through an individualized exercise program, risk factor reduction, and education on heart healthy lifestyle, we at the Metabolic Center for Wellness help our patients live longer and better lives.”

Katherine Farinacci

Cardiac Rehab Specialist, Sisters Metabolic Center for Wellness

During cardiac rehab, team members – including doctors, nurses, therapists and nutrition, exercise and mental health specialists – work together to develop an individualized program of education and instruction to meet each patient’s needs. They also offer support and encouragement, helping patients achieve their health goals without the worry of overdoing it.

Cardiac rehab is not easy or fun, but it is one of the best things you can do for your heart following a cardiac event. Not only will you learn how to exercise safely, eat better, lose weight and live a healthier life, but you’ll also benefit from the feeling that you don’t need to face heart disease alone. The camaraderie and emotional support experienced in this setting will allow you to share experiences, learn skills and change habits that will help lead you on the path to better health. This will help give you the self-confidence to believe you are going to recover.

Benefits of Cardiac Rehab

  • Teaches strategies to deal with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, diabetes and inactivity
  • Develops a safe exercise routine that can be continued at home
  • Establishes a healthy diet, which promotes weight control and lowers cholesterol
  • Provides resources to help smokers conquer their habit
  • Demonstrates stress management and relaxation techniques

Research has shown that cardiac rehabilitation programs can improve recovery time and overall cardiac health. They may also reduce the risk of future heart problems and cardiac events.

Find Cardiac Rehab Services at
Sisters Metabolic Center for Wellness
Call (716) 891-2703

Find Cardiac Rehab Services at
Sisters Metabolic Center for Wellness
Call (716) 891-2703

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Date Last Reviewed: December 7, 2018

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