Cardiac Rehabilitation

If you are recovering from cardiac surgery or another cardiac event, you may be feeling anxious and scared, and struggling with performing your daily activities. You may also wonder what foods you should eat to help you heal. This is where our team plays a crucial role. We help you recover and resume your life with confidence and independence.

Banner Rehabilitation Hospital’s Cardiac Recovery Program is designed to help you manage the healing process, prepare for your return home and transition to life ahead. We will help you practice the specific skills, strategies and techniques needed to restore your physical and functional abilities, in addition to addressing any medical needs.

A team approach to treatment

Our interdisciplinary team is led by a physiatrist, a physician (board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation) and may include rehabilitation nurses; physical, occupational and respiratory therapists; speech language pathologists; pharmacists; case managers and other clinical and support staff as needed. We also work closely with your cardiologist, surgeon and other doctors.

An individualized cardiac program

Banner Rehabilitation Hospital’s unique cardiac recovery program is individually tailored to meet your medical, physical and functional needs. We also help you improve your cardiovascular health, physical strength, independence and overall well-being.

Our program focuses on the skills, strategies and techniques you need to restore strength, avoid complications and move forward safely and confidently. Your team will establish specific cardiac parameters and monitor you closely, particularly during exercise, rest periods and recovery after exercise. In addition, we will provide the care and training to help you:

  • Regain physical strength and endurance after surgery
  • Protect your incision while dressing, grooming and bathing
  • Follow guidelines to minimize pain, swelling and the risk of potential complications
  • Maintain blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Use adaptive equipment to facilitate self-care activities
  • Transfer safely in and out of a bath tub, shower, toilet, chair and car
  • Move in and out of bed and properly turn
  • Learn new methods of completing activities of daily living while using less energy
  • Safely walk in your home and around your community

Monitoring your health

Your treatment team will review medications and discuss a range of topics including diet, pain management and exercise. We will provide you with the knowledge and strategies to better:

  • Understand your surgery and its effect on your body
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of possible infection
  • Manage your medications and be aware of any side effects
  • Monitor your weight and the importance of managing it
  • Track your blood pressure and heart rate
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • Utilize the tools and strategies that will help you transition home and resume the activities you enjoy

Education is key 

Gaining an understanding of your condition, strengths and limitations will help you prepare for life ahead. Your team will support you in building physical, mental and emotional strength, and educate you on important topics, including:

  • Understanding heart health
  • Reducing risk factors
  • Nutrition and healthy eating habits
  • Conserving energy
  • Quitting smoking or tobacco use
  • Managing stress
  • Modifying your lifestyle
  • Creating a safe home environment

Tools for independence

Your therapy team may introduce a variety of tools, techniques and strategies to help you become more independent. This includes adaptive equipment such as tools that extend your reach (reachers) and other devices to help you get dressed, prepare meals and eat. In addition, electronic and computer-based technologies may be introduced, including electronic controls for lights, phones, televisions and even doors.   

A unique continuum of care

To help you return home and resume work, school, community and/or social activities, Banner Rehabilitation Hospital provides an unparalleled continuum of care. We help you manage your health from inpatient to outpatient care.

Did you know?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death – and a significant cause of disability – for both men and women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, it is also one of the most preventable. That’s why Banner Rehabilitation Hospital encourages patients and communities to “listen to their heart,” understand their personal risk and take steps to minimize it and lead a healthier lifestyle.

Cardiac recovery. Let us help.

We will work closely with you, your family, cardiologist and/or surgeon and referring hospital to ensure a smooth transition to Banner Rehabilitation Hospital.

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