Heart disease can weaken a patient’s heart muscles, but a recommended program is helping patients strengthen their heart and transition to a healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Karla Quevedo, a cardiologist with Lee Health, says through exercise and education, cardiac rehabilitation helps patients improve their heart health. “We know that the benefits are so great with this therapy for all of our cardiac patients, it’s highly recommended.”
The medically supervised program is designed to get patients with heart disease safely back to health. “We also teach about lifestyle modification that means that we tell the patient how to adjust medications, how they should exercise after they are done with this,” said Dr. Quevedo.
The 36 week long program benefits patients who have recently had a stent or heart surgery, or who have been diagnosed with heart disease, or who recently had a heart attack. “The main indication is to refer those patients right after surgery,” said Dr. Quevedo.
During rehab, health experts monitor the patient’s heart rate while guiding them through safe exercises. “When they start being more active sometimes their blood pressure gets higher, they can develop arrhythmia, chest pain, but when you have this program they can pretty much give you some kind of numbers,” said Dr. Quevedo.
Exercise and a healthy diet will help patients transition from rehab back to their normal life.
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