Cardiac rehabilitation is an integral component in the comprehensive care of people with heart disease. It combines prescription exercise with nutritional counseling, risk factor modification and education.
At Yale New Haven Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Center, we help you learn about your heart, how it works and the important signs, symptoms and risk factors of heart disease. Our highly skilled team of exercise physiologists and an onsite cardiologist and nutritionist will identify specific exercises, including the appropriate intensity, duration and pace that are best for your health. Whatever your level, we will tailor the most effective program for you. YNHH Cardiac Rehabilitation Center, certified by the American Association of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, puts patients on the path to a healthier lifestyle by promoting disease prevention, recovery and independence.
Who will benefit from cardiac rehabilitation?
Cardiac rehab is for anyone with a recent cardiovascular problem, such as angina, a heart attack, angioplasty and stent placement, heart surgery, congestive heart failure, a heart transplant, peripheral vascular disease, valve disease and/or coronary artery disease or arrhythmias. At Yale New Haven Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Center, we also welcome patients who have a ventricular assist device (VAD). We understand the importance of providing rehabilitation services to all of these patients and will customize a program that meets their needs.
According to the American Heart Association, cardiac rehab has been shown to help patients get back on their feet, lower blood pressure, boost good cholesterol and reduce the risk of further heart problems. In addition, there is increasing evidence that cardiac rehab can also help reduce depression, anger and other psychological problems that can follow a heart attack or surgery.
Additional benefits of our Cardiac Rehabilitation Center include:
- Better understanding of cardiovascular disease and risk factors through continuous education
- Diabetes control
- Positive lifestyle changes
- Improved quality of life
- Increased functional capacity
- Lower cholesterol
- Nutrition counseling
- Reduced risk factors
- Safer return to work and/or regular activities