What is the goal of cardiac rehabilitation?
The goal of our program is to improve participants’ physical fitness so they can enjoy the same level, or a higher level of activity they did before their cardiac intervention.
Who can benefit from cardiac rehabilitation?
You may benefit from our program if you have had:
- open heart surgery
- a heart attack
- angioplasty or a coronary artery stent placement
In addition, if you have coronary artery disease, your doctor may feel your level of activity could improve with cardiac rehabilitation.
Do I need a physician referral?
Yes. Your doctor or cardiologist should talk to you about how cardiac rehabilitation can help you. Your physician can refer you to our program even if you have not been treated for your heart condition at Orange Park Medical Center.
How does the cardiac rehabilitation program work?
Our program has two components:
- Exercise training to become more physically fit and improve stamina by reaching your targeted heart rate while exercising safely under continuous medical supervision.
- Education and counseling to understand heart disease, the benefits of exercise, to modify your diet, and to learn how to modify other heart disease risk factors that include: hypertension, diabetes, smoking and stress.
How long does the program last?
Our program lasts for 36 sessions, with an additional hour counseling session with a dietician.
Sessions take place three times a week. Each session lasts for an hour to 90 minutes. The goal during each session is for you to exercise continuously between 30 - 45 minutes at an elevated heart rate.
How soon after surgery or angioplasty do I have to wait before participating in the program?
Your cardiologist will determine when you can start cardiac rehabilitation. Generally, if you’ve had open heart surgery you can start 4-6 weeks after surgery. If you’ve had angioplasty or a stent placed, you can usually start cardiac rehabilitation within a week.
For more information about our cardiac rehabilitation program, please call (904) 639-2720.
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If Orange Park Medical Center (OPMC) hadn’t started its own cardiac rehabilitation program as part of its expanded heart care services, Larry may not have been as motivated to complete cardiac rehabilitation
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