Fitness Designed for a Healthy Heart
If you’ve experienced a cardiac event, it’s important to take steps to improve your heart health and limit risk factors that may have caused it. The cardiac rehabilitation program at Houston Northwest Medical Center may help you increase your quality of life following a heart attack or other event.
What Are Cardiac Rehab Services?
Cardiac rehabilitation includes both exercise and education about heart-healthy behaviors. Some of the things you’ll learn as part of cardiac rehab include:
- Heart-healthy exercise types and appropriate intensity of exercise
- Meal planning using American Heart Association guidelines for daily saturated fat intake and salt intake
- Appropriate carbohydrate intake
- Management of stressors
- Tobacco cessation
The program includes three phases and is four to 18 weeks in length, depending on your doctor’s orders and your progress. It places a strong emphasis on a lifelong physical activity regimen and heart-healthy lifestyle, which also promotes an overall healthier style of living.
The Three Phases
Phase 1 occurs while you are hospitalized. You and your doctor will discuss pertinent risk factors, benefits of physical activity, proper meal planning, stress management, blood pressure goals, weight management and tobacco cessation as appropriate.
Phase 2 begins soon after your discharge from the hospital. It requires a doctor’s order. Part of the program includes a monitored physical activity program. Education to assist agreed-upon lifestyle behavior change needs is also provided.
Phase 3 is available to provide a safe place for you to exercise and improve your health in a facility where there is staff available for emergencies or questions regarding your exercise program.
For more information about the Cardiac Rehab program at Houston Northwest Medical Center, call (855) 997-7246.
When your doctor has ordered cardiac rehab, you can register for the assessment by calling (855) 997-7246.