Cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) is a medically supervised programme that helps improve the health and well-being of people who have heart problems. Rehab programmes include exercise training, education on the heart and healthy living, and counselling to reduce stress and help you return to an active life.
As per the requirement of the patient, the programme duration can vary from 6 to 8 weeks to lifelong.
The goal of this programme is to prevent and limit the physiological and psychological effects of cardiac illness and to improve the overall cardiovascular fitness and health of the patient. This is accomplished by developing individualised programmes which cover exercise, education and lifestyle modification, tailored to the individual needs and abilities of the patients.
People with the following cardiac diseases require cardiac rehabilitation:
- Myocardial Infarction
- Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
- Stable Angina Pectoris
- Two Or More Documented Classical Risk Factors For Coronary Heart Disease
- Stable Chronic Heart Failure
- Peripheral Vascular Disease
- Diabetes Mellitus (Type II)
- Valvular Heart Disease
Kokilaben Hospital has a dedicated cardiac rehab facility, complete with exercise equipment, i.e., treadmills, ergocycles, steppers and cross trainers; a gymnasium for pre-class warm-up and resistance training classes; Human Performance Labs for fitness testing; and a dedicated area for patient education.
A multidisciplinary trained team, consisting of cardiologists, physiatrics, nurses, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, psychologists and nutritionists, provide services.