Cardiac Rehabilitation is often ordered for people recovering from a variety of cardiovascular issues. The program consists of structured exercise and education, where patients can safely improve their fitness and learn about the many aspects of cardiovascular health.
Cardiac Education: While patients are in the hospital, our Cardiac Education nurses offer guidance about their condition and how to begin recovering once they are released from the hospital.
My Heart's Content: An award-winning program focused on education that is designed to provide you with knowledge and information following your hospitalization. This free program is open to the community and features lectures on heart disease prevention and control, understanding cardiac medications, handling stress, the how and why of exercise, making your diet heart-friendly, diabetes prevention and control, and learning to control and prevent congestive heart failure. These classes are held Wednesdays from 12:30 to 2:15 p.m. in the Lifestyle Rx building located at 1119 E. Stanley Blvd. in Livermore.
Cardiac Rehabilitation: For patients recovering from heart disease or various heart procedures, insurance coverage often includes monitored exercise sessions. A referral or order from a physician is needed to participate and for insurance coverage.
A typical session includes monitoring a patient's vital signs such as heart rate, blood pressure, electrocardiogram, and oxygen saturation while they exercise. Each patient will be prescribed an individualized exercise program, tailored to their goals and capabilities. Education is provided weekly, and our staff is always available to answer any questions that arise during the course of the program. Patients also have the opportunity to meet with our registered dietitian to learn how to adopt a heart healthy diet.
There are also options for people who do not qualify for insurance coverage to participate in the exercise programs offered. We coordinate with Lifestyle Rx to offer continuing exercise programs for people who have participated in Cardiac Rehabilitation.
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