The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is located at Speare Memorial Hospital, and is a medically prescribed and supervised program for individuals with certain cardiac diagnosis. Participants in this outpatient program attend three days a week for 6-8 weeks, combining cardiac education and monitored exercise.
Nationally certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), Speare’s Cardiac Rehab is recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.
Most insurance companies will cover all or part of the Cardiac Rehab program for patients with a diagnosis of a recent heart attack, stable angina, coronary artery bypass graft, angioplasty with or without a stent, valve repair or replacement and also a heart transplant.
About The Program
Each participant wears a portable heart monitor so that their heart rate and rhythm can be monitored throughout the session. Patients exercise at different levels related to their medical history, current ability and personal goals. Exercises are adjusted by the staff according to the patient’s progress.
Education is also a very important part of Cardiac Rehab. Education classes teach patients about the disease process and prevention strategies to improve healthy lifestyle choices. Class topics include risk factors, medication, nutrition, exercise education, and cardiac anatomy.
Goals of Cardiac Rehabilitation
- Improve the performance of the heart muscle
- Decrease blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels
- Improve cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and flexibility
- Reduce cardiac risk factors
- Increased self-esteem and confidence
- Disease management
- Patient self-management education
- IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE
- Rachel (Kindl) Currier, Exercise Specialist
- Craig Johnson, Exercise Specialist
Call 603-238-6440 to make an appointment or for more information.