CARDIAC REHAB PROGRAM

We are dedicated to providing cutting edge quality of care and education to people with cardiac disease.   Our detailed program aims to prevent exacerbation and rehabilitate you to prior level of function.

Our professionally trained cardiac rehabilitation team will monitor your progress to make sure your program continually meets your goals and objectives.

In addition to the Cardiac Rehab programs, SNRC feature wellness classes, speech therapy, massage therapy, and a full-range of other services. You’ll find state-of-the-art fitness equipment designed to help condition your heart and lungs.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM MY Cardiac Rehabilitation Program?

Step One: Evaluation

Your Cardiac Rehabilitation Program begins with an evaluation of your total body health and condition. Your evaluation, along with your doctor’s recommendation, gives you and the rehabilitation staff a starting point so that together, you can set realistic goals for yourself and your rehabilitation program.

Step Two: Exercise

The exercise element of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program includes  individualized, one on one Physical and/or Occupational therapy sessions.

Step Three: Education

The education element of the program goes hand-in-hand with the exercise program. Topics include life with heart failure, stress control, exercise for life, warning signs, and other topics.

Your nurse will…

  • Help teach you about Congestive Heart Failure and how to manage it
  • Give you the opportunity to learn by doing
  • Encourage you to be independent in caring for your disease with guidance

You will learn…

  • About your medications
    • Taking your medications correctly
  • The importance of monitoring your weight
    • Weigh yourself every day at the same time
    • Following up with your doctor with changes in weight
  • How to watch for swelling that will make your heart have to work harder
  • How to check your heart rate and blood pressure every day
  • All of the signs to watch for that could lead to complications

A Registered Dietician will meet with you on a continuous basis to provide education regarding your nutritional prescription.

A no added salt diet will be ordered and provided to you.

Why Limit Salt?

  • Salt can cause high blood pressure
  • Salt can cause shortness of breath
  • Salt can cause water retention
  • Limiting your salt intake reduces your risk for…
    • water retention
    • heart attack
    • stroke
    • and high blood pressure

If your physician prescribes a fluid restriction a dietician will meet with you to provide further education.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM MY DISCHARGE PLANNER?

Your discharge planner will bring  everyone together to help manage your heart failure and plan for the future by…

  • Maintaining contact with the team
  • Planning Advance Directives
  • Setting up community supports and services
  • Educating on insurance
  • Provide emotional support
  • Provide you with networks for education on your health

The discharge planner see’s your team as the essential mechanism to helping maintain your ability to stay in the community.

Who is in your team?

  • The Professional Cardiac Team
    • Therapy, nursing, medical staff, dietary, social work
  • Family, friends, neighbors
  • Community Practitioners
  • Community Agencies such as CASA, home care