Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised program that helps improve the health and well being of patients who have heart conditions. A team of healthcare professionals − including the medical director, registered nurses, exercise physiologists and dietician − develop a personalized plan to meet each patient’s needs.
- Cardiac rehabilitation helps patients diagnosed with heart problems:
- Recover after a heart attack, angioplasty or heart surgery
- Prevent future heart problems
- Address risk factors
- Adopt healthy lifestyle changes
- Improve a patient’s health and quality of life
Support for Mended Hearts
A recipient of the Mended Heart National Hospital Award, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and the Heart Institute partner with this national organization to provide heart patients with support and education. Mended Hearts, a national nonprofit organization affiliated with the American Heart Association, is recognized for its role in facilitating a positive patient-care experience. Mended Hearts partners with 460 hospitals and rehabilitation clinics and offers services to heart patients through visiting programs, support group meetings and educational forums.
Because Mended Hearts is made up of the very kinds of people it serves—heart patients, their families, and others impacted by heart disease, its members draw on personal experience as they help others. Mended Hearts support groups help people understand that there can be a rich, rewarding life after heart disease.