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Cardiac rehabilitation is an essential and indispensable part of heart care today. Aria Health offers a comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation program that combines clinical care, cardiac conditioning, counseling in lifestyle adjustments, and education on heart health. And, this care is provided directly onsite at Aria's new Heart Center.

The program is designed to help patients with heart disease recover promptly –– but also at the right pace –– and return to full, productive lives. Rehabilitation is an essential component of care for anyone who has undergone medical, interventional, or surgical heart care. Cardiac rehabilitation helps you to a quicker, more complete recovery.

Patients can benefit from cardiac rehabilitation if they:

• have stable angina;
• have had a heart attack;
• have had heart angioplasty;
• have had heart surgery;
• or have heart failure.

To get them and their hearts healthy, Aria's Cardiac Rehabilitation Program has two major components:

exercise training. Together with each patient's physician, Aria's staff of specially trained cardiac rehabilitation specialists helps each individual to learn how to exercise safely, strengthen muscles, and improve stamina. The staff works with to build an customized, low-intensity, aerobic exercise plan, using various types of equipment including a treadmill, stationary bike, and free weights. During exercise sessions, experienced staff members monitor each patient's heart rhythm and blood pressure. Activity starts at low levels and gradually increases in intensity and duration. The center monitors each patient's progress and explain any changes in his or her program.

• and education, counseling, and support. In addition to formulating an individual exercise program, the staff assists patients in learning about their heart problem, including its causes and treatments. They will learn how to better manage your condition. The cardiac rehabilitation team will also helps the patient learn how to cope with stress and to adjust to a new lifestyle. Every participant has the opportunity to learn specific skills and techniques to enable him or her to stop unhealthy behaviors like smoking and replace them with healthy ones, including eating a well-balanced, heart-healthy diet.Aria helps patients meet their goals of returning to greater health, well being, function, and vitality.

The goals of cardiac rehabilitation are different for each patient. In helping to set personal goals, the healthcare team will look at general health, specific heart problem, risks for future heart problems, and, of course, individual preferences.

Cardiac rehabilitation can reduce symptoms and risk of having more heart problems. And it has many other benefits:

• Exercise tones muscles and improves spirits and energy level. It helps both heart and body get stronger and work better. Exercise also can get individuals back to work and other activities faster.

• A healthier diet can lower blood cholesterol, control weight, and help prevent, reduce or limit high blood pressure and other problems such as diabetes. Plus, at a good body mass index, a person feels better and has more energy.

• Cardiac rehabilitation emphasizes the importance of starting a smoking cessation program. Kicking the habit means less risk of lung cancer, emphysema, and bronchitis, as well as less risk of heart attack, stroke, and other heart and blood vessel problems. It means more energy, and it means better health for your loved ones who may be exposed to second-hand smoke.

• Patients learn that they can manage stress through a number of stress-reduction and relaxation techniques. They will feel better and improve their heart health.

Cardiac rehab helps you to reduce chances of future cardiac events and of having a heart condition become worse. In fact, combined with other care, it can lead to a much healthier heart.

Admission Criteria: Participants for cardiac rehabilitation should be clinically stable as determined by referring physician, and have physician diagnosis of heart disease and a physician referral. An exercise stress test is required prior to beginning the program.

Cost: Reimbursement amounts for cardiac rehabilitation depend upon the patient's insurance policy. Medicare and most major insurance companies reimburse much of the program. Patients should check with their insurance carrier since out-of-pocket costs for the program vary depending upon individual insurance coverage.