After you have a heart attack or heart surgery, Parkview Medical Center’s cardiac rehabilitation program will help you get active again and keep your heart in good shape. You’ll receive exercise training, education on healthy living and emotional support from physical therapists, dietitians, social workers and other experts who tailor the program to your specific needs.
Support for Your Recovery
We partner with you to promote your healing, restore your functioning and prevent future problems with your heart or blood vessels. Your knowledgeable rehab team and heart surgery guidebook give you essential information, including:
- Caring for your surgical wounds
- Easing pain
- Managing your medications
- Reducing stress on your chest
- Sleeping habits to follow after surgery
While you’re in the hospital, you’ll receive close guidance as you practice activities for daily living, such as walking, climbing stairs, dressing yourself and getting into the bathtub or shower.
Lifelong Heart Health
During your time at Parkview, you and your family get information and resources to help you feel better and develop lifelong healthy habits, including:
- Quitting smoking – One of the most important changes you can make
- Managing weight – Which makes you less likely to have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, two risk factors for heart disease
- Shopping for healthy foods and cooking well
- Choosing appropriate menu items at restaurants
- Coping emotionally with lifestyle changes
- Dealing with diabetes
Keep Your Cardiovascular System in Shape
You’ll learn guidelines for when to exercise and how to determine if you’re exerting yourself the right amount. Our home-exercise walking program gives you specific recommendations for how long and how often to walk, depending on your tolerance for activity. Daily exercise strengthens your heart, improves circulation, and can decrease your blood pressure, promote healthy weight and lower stress.