Recovery from a heart attack or heart surgery can be challenging. The road to getting well again often is a long one, and there are many questions and concerns along the way. For those who have had, or are at risk for, heart problems, help is available.
Allegiance Cardiac Rehabilitation offers a wide range of services to assist you through this time of change and adjustment. Our Cardiac Rehabilitation program is designed to provide a positive experience as you become active and well again. Hundreds of people from the Jackson area have already benefitted from it.
Supervised and personalized, Cardiac Rehabilitation aims to decrease your cardiac risk factors. When used in conjunction with your medical and/or surgical treatment, cardiac rehabilitation is a safe and meaningful way to help you:
- Feel better faster
- Get stronger physically and emotionally
- Reduce and manage stress
- Reduce your risk of future cardiovascular complications and conditions
- Live longer and live well
Who Should Consider Cardiac Rehabilitation?
Cardiac Rehabilitation is for those who are at risk for heart disease or who have experienced:
- A heart attack
- Heart surgery, including bypass or valve repair or replacement
- Cardiac stenting (or insertion of stents during a cardiac catheterization)
- Balloon angioplasty (PTCA)
The program is designed in phases. As patients achieve the goals established for each phase, they gain confidence and a better understanding of how to effectively manage their heart’s health independently.
This phase begins in the hospital soon after your heart problem occurs and ends when you leave the hospital.
At your doctor’s request, the Cardiac Rehabilitation team will visit you and your family to offer help and guidance as you slowly begin to increase your activity.
Phase I is complete when you are discharged from the hospital.
Allegiance Health considers this phase vital to your recovery. We provide it free of charge, since it is not covered by insurance plans.
Phase II begins with your doctor’s referral after you leave the hospital to an outpatient program that includes both exercise and education.
You will complete Phase II in a group, with others who have heart disease. You will exercise on equipment while wearing a heart monitor, under the close watch of staff. We will keep your doctor informed of your progress while you are in the program.
The exercise portion is designated to help you regain strength and condition your heart in a safe setting. We will give you an effective treatment plan based on your own particular heart problem.
Education is also an important part of Phase II, and our classes will help you learn to live with heart disease. Our staff is available and willing to
answer your questions and concerns at any time.
We will work with you and your insurance company to determine your coverage for Phase II.
Phase III is an ongoing fitness program for those who like to exercise in a group setting. A physician referral is required for entry into the program. Each person chooses an exercise plan using our equipment, and trained staff are present to assist you. Our focus is on preventing further problems and promoting healthy lifestyles.
Phase III is not covered by insurance, but costs are reasonable.
The Allegiance Cardiac Rehabilitation team considers it very important for family members to be involved in your care, and we look forward to working with you.
The team consists of:
- Your physician
- Registered nurses
- Social workers
- Occupational therapists
- Clinical pharmacists
- Exercise specialists