Heart Health Support
When your physician says it’s time to begin a cardiac rehabilitation or healthy heart maintenance program, request a referral to the certified program at GCMH. Two programs are offered, and your physician can help determine what’s appropriate for you. After a heart attack, open heart surgery, angioplasty or stents, angina, or other cardiac problems, cardiac rehabilitation sessions help you return to a normal lifestyle and reduce the risk of further heart problems. Convenient access to the hospital, caring and knowledgeable cardiac nurses, and a comfortable rehabilitation environment make GCMH Cardiac Rehabilitation a clear choice for your heart health support.
This outpatient program includes exercise training to strengthen the heart and teaches skills for living a heart healthy lifestyle. Cardiac rehabilitation may begin one to two weeks after an acute heart event, and continues for eight to twelve weeks. The program includes:
- Education to promote lifestyle changes that help reduce the risk of future heart events
- Evaluation of cardiac response during monitored exercise sessions to improve cardiovascular fitness and endurance
- Safe, individually designed exercise plans
- Diet and lifestyle education
- Stress management
Healthy Living Program
- Begins approximately eight to twelve weeks after an acute heart event or after graduating from the outpatient program.
- Is designed to provide continued support and supervision to cardiac patients in an effort to reduce risk factors associated with heart disease
- Focuses on continued assistance with patient directed short and long term goals.
- Self pay program ($6 per session)
- Designed for individuals at risk for heart disease, obesity, hypertension, PVD, and diabetes.
Other cardiac rehabilitation services include Cardiac Stress Testing (at a physician’s direction).
The GCMH Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.