You’re Admitted for Cardiac Rehab. Now What? What to Expect from Your Treatment Program, Part II


Heart failure of any kind is a life-changing event. But even if you’ve had a heart attack or cardiac surgery, you can return to a full and active lifestyle. A supervised rehabilitation program customized to your individual needs can reduce your risk factors and enhance your heart health for life.

Nathaniel Witherell’s team of rehabilitation specialists is ready to help you return to the lifestyle you enjoyed prior to your cardiac condition, explains Dina Meles, rehabilitation manager. After being admitted, she said, patients should expect a comprehensive evaluation that explores the physical, medical, cognitive, and other conditions that may affect treatment.

“The result of our multi-disciplinary approach is a meaningful, all-inclusive treatment plan for each patient,” said Meles. “What’s also important is a lot of communication among staff, patients, and their families—we want to establish meaningful, patient-centered goals that address their needs on a daily basis, and for the long term as well.”

Helping You Feel Your Best

Nathaniel Witherell cardiac rehab patients can expect therapy five to seven days a week for up to two hours a day, based on needs and insurance requirements. Your plan will be focused on increasing strength, endurance, and mobility through the use of Nathaniel Witherell’s state-of-the-art equipment including:

  • Treadmills
  • Arm and leg ergometers
  • Free weights
  • Pulleys
  • Nu Step Exercisers
  • Nintendo Wii
  • Exercise Balls
  • Parallel Bars
  • Standing Frame Table
  • Exercise Mats
  • Adaptive Dressing Tools

Patients can get the most out of their rehab program if they are engaged and willing to make lifestyle adjustments for optimal health, notes Kinjal Gala, occupational therapist.

“We look at rehab holistically,” said Gala. “Active participation from patients and their families—including asking questions and voicing concerns—will enhance a patient’s stay, and potentially decrease the need for help at time of discharge.”

For more information on The Nathaniel Witherell’s cardiac rehab program, click here.

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