Cardiac Rehabilitation & Support
Even thinking about physical activity after a heart attack or cardiovascular procedure can be intimidating and even scary. However, it’s an important part of recovery. Take advantage of Avera’s cardiac rehabilitation services that give you peace of mind by offering a safe, monitored setting for you to start exercising again.
When Cardiac Rehab Can Help
Our services – including exercise, counseling and education on how to live a healthier life – are designed to help you recover faster and return to a full and active life.
Benefit from cardiac rehab if you’ve experienced:
- Heart disease, such as angina or heart failure, or a heart attack
- Coronary bypass surgery or an angioplasty (balloon catheter), stent or atherectomy procedure on your heart
- Heart valve surgery
Cardiac rehab provides a safe and effective way to help you feel better faster, get stronger, and reduce stress and your risk of future heart problems.
Phases of Cardiac Rehabilitation
Phase I of cardiac rehab is provided while you’re in the hospital. During this time, you’ll receive care from our expert physical therapists and nursing staff under the guidance of your physician.
Phase II, also known as outpatient cardiac rehab, is designed to help you recover faster and return to your regular activities. You’ll benefit from exercise, counseling and education on how to live a healthy lifestyle. This safe and effective treatment will improve your quality of life by:
- Helping restore and increase cardiovascular functioning
- Empowering you to live a heart healthy lifestyle
- Returning you to independent living
- Providing encouragement and rebuilding confidence in a supportive and professional environment
Phase III, outpatient, unmonitored cardiac rehab, is designed to help you maintain recovery and continue to live a full and active life through:
- Supervised workout sessions to enhance and maintain strength and cardiovascular fitness
- Blood pressure checks before and after exercise
- Assistance to develop self-awareness of capabilities and limitations
Benefit from Cardiac Rehabilitation
Restore your strength and confidence while learning how to make healthy lifestyle changes with Avera’s expert cardiac rehab professionals and services, including:
- Exercise training – Helps you learn how to exercise safely, strengthen your muscles and improve your stamina. Your exercise plan will be based on your individual ability, needs and interests.
- Education, counseling and training – Gives you knowledge and understanding about your heart condition. You’ll also find ways to reduce your risk of future heart issues and learn how to cope with the stress of adjusting to a new lifestyle and dealing with fears about the future.
Although cardiac rehab takes place in groups, your care plan is personalized based on your specific risk factors and special needs.
Your Support System
When you have heart disease, breaking old habits and learning new ones can be stressful. Wondering about your future health can be stressful, too. Recruiting the support of family and friends, as well as health care providers, makes a big difference in how well you adjust.
- Encourage your family and friends to learn more about your heart condition, heart healthy living and recipes.
- Ask family and friends to provide emotional support as you adjust to a new, healthier lifestyle.
- Enroll in a cardiac support groups. For more information, contact your local cardiac rehab program.
Cardiac support groups
Cardiac support groups may be available in your area. Contact your Avera location to learn more.
Mended Hearts, the largest peer-to-peer heart patient support network in the world, offers hope and education to those with heart disease, their families and caregivers. Call 605-977-7000 to learn about the Avera Heart Hospital chapter in Sioux Falls, SD.
Helping Hearts is a support group for those with heart disease and their family and friends. Join this group in Le Mars, IA, for educational presentations on heart conditions, reducing risk factors, and living a heart healthy lifestyle in addition to support and the opportunity to share experiences. Call 712-546-3383.