Who Needs Cardiovascular Rehabilitation?


Cardiac Challenges

If you have cardiac challenges or any other form of cardiovascular issue, your doctor may suggest cardiac rehabilitation. The rehab program will be personalized so you can exercise safely and sustain a healthy regimen. But first, you want to make sure that your conditions will benefit from a cardiac rehab program. Below are some of the precursors for initiating cardiovascular rehabilitation.

  • You had a heart attack recently or in the past
  • You have had a previous cardiac stent placement
  • You have coronary artery bypass grafting
  • You have a heart valve replacement
  • You have a heart or lung transplant
  • You have stable angina, or recurrent chest pain with activity that hasn’t worsened
  • You are experiencing and/or on the verge of heart failure


Cardiac rehab offers a lot of assistance to boost the heart health and increase your capacity of fulfilling daily physical activities. The good news is that these cardiac rehab programs are tailor-made to your condition and circumstances. Resolving heart problems doesn’t just improve external characteristics of your personality but can put life into perspective, promote emotional balance and increase motivation for a sound recovery process.

However, you want to be certain that you are with a team of support specialists that have the best interest of your recovery in sight. Make sure that you understand and trust all of the assistance you are receiving from members of the cardiac rehab. A program can be started even while you’re still in the hospital after recovering from a heart attack or related heart issue. The structure of these programs generally consists of 4 stages.

Stage I: Evaluation

This stage is about comprehending your physical and mental conditions after a worrisome heart issue. The doctors and supporting staff want to examine which physical activities you can easily accomplish and which ones are challenging. In the meantime, you will receive health education on exercise training, how to maintain heart healthy living and even encourage minor exercise such as walking or stretching.

Stage II-IV: Outpatient Management

The remaining stages outside of the hospital will involve close supervision of your exercise and daily activity. Some of your day-to-day activity will have to be adjusted in order to take it easy on your heart and maintain well-being. There will also be a focus on good dietary habits and therapeutic strategies for emotional health. Offering education and coaching for you and your loved ones on how to sustain a healthy lifestyle is also imperative to prevent heart problems in the future. Depending on your progress, the support team may install a home exercise regimen to keep you on the path of healthy heart living.

Reynolds Memorial Hospital

In 1991, Reynolds Memorial Hospital began a three-phase, Cardiac Rehabilitation Program to meet the needs of cardiac patients and families. The goal of the program is to guide the heart patient toward recovery and good health through education, supervised heart-monitored exercise and psychological support.

Reynolds Memorial Hospital is proud to announce the certification of our cardiovascular rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Reynolds Memorial Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care. The program at Reynolds Memorial has been certified since 2000. To learn more, click the button below.