Hear Cardiac Rehab Nurse Lori Waddell, Cardiac Surgeon Dr. Peter Birnbaum and our patients speak to the Program, the staff involved and the impact it has on your life after surgery.
Established in 1979, the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Lifestyle Program was the first of its kind in the Central Valley. It was also the first to be certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
The program is supervised by registered nurses and exercise physiologists who monitor participants throughout a program of up to 36 EKG-monitored visits. As prescribed by your physician, the program is a combination of education and exercise developed using national guidelines.
Those who may benefit from Cardiac Rehab:
Have had coronary artery bypass surgery
Have had a heart attack
Have had coronary angioplasty (PTCA) or coronary stent procedures
Patients with stable angina
Patients who have undergone valve replacement or repair
Heart or heart/lung transplant patients
Cardiac Rehab can help:
Speed recovery during and after hospitalization
Gain a greater sense of well being and confidence
Identify and improve awareness of those factors that may
Contribute to heart disease
Enhance the life-long management of heart disease
Benefits of exercise:
Improves heart and lung function
Decreases resting blood pressure
Decreases body fat
Decreases total and LDL ("bad") cholesterol
Increases energy level
Increases tolerance to stress and depression
Controls or prevents the development of diabetes
For additional health resources, click here. For more information about the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Lifestyle Program, please contact us at (559) 450-3628.