cardiac wellness center
A mind-body program offers a balanced and holistic approach to heart health that combines lifestyle changes while partnering with your physician for an optimal outcome.
The St. Mary’s Hospital Cardiac Wellness Center at the Heart Institute has a comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation program specifically prescribed to patients who have been hospitalized for coronary artery disease (CAD), a heart attack, coronary artery bypass, angioplasty/stents, or are being treated for angina. A program is also available on a self-pay basis for those who have risk factors for CAD such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, obesity, stress or sedentary lifestyle.
After individual assessments and goal-setting sessions with an interdisciplinary team that includes a cardiologist, registered nurse, dietitian and exercise specialist, participants attend 12 weekly, two-hour clinics. The weekly session includes monitored exercise, relaxation techniques with stress management and a lecture or discussion. Patients may attend additional weekly exercise sessions to meet individual need and schedules or choose a less comprehensive program, attending one-hour exercise sessions up to three times a week without the two-hour clinic. While continuing medical treatment with their physician, we correspond regularly to achieve optimal coronary health and healing.
The Cardiac Wellness Program is modeled after the program at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine. The St. Mary’s Cardiac Wellness Center also offers lifestyle modification programs that include smoking cessation, yoga, exercise assessment with prescription and a Lunch & Learn program.
Research shows that these programs are successful in helping patients when they participate regularly and follow through with lifestyle changes.
When a cardiac condition is diagnosed, your Bon Secours physician will establish a customized treatment plan designed specifically to return you to optimal health.
Cardiac rehabilitation moves beyond the patient’s hospital care to include services designed to restore the patient to optimal health. Our cardiologists and heart surgeons at the Bon Secours Heart & Vascular Institute are dedicated to providing the full spectrum of cardiac services. Our physicians are an integral part of a multidisciplinary team committed to reducing risk of a recurring event. Both St. Mary’s Hospital and Memorial Regional Medical Center offer certified cardiac rehabilitation services. The multidisciplinary team members teach the patient how to reduce their risks through a comprehensive program of exercise, education, and learning how to live with heart disease. Through the combination of exercise and education, you will learn how to improve the quality of your life.
When should a patient begin cardiac rehabilitation? The physician, together with the multidisciplinary team, will determine the optimal time for the patient to begin a rehabilitation program. The patient may begin as early as a few weeks after the procedure or surgery, but it is important that the program is discussed with the physician prior to leaving the hospital. The outcome will be substantially better the earlier the patient begins. Cardiac rehabilitation programs generally are covered by most health insurance plans. As a service to our patients, the Heart & Vascular Institute will contact health plans to verify benefits. Shortly thereafter, a cardiac rehabilitation nurse will notify the patient when the referral is received from their physician.
What are the benefits of joining a cardiac rehabilitation program? When you enroll in our program, a multidisciplinary team develops your personalized plan.
This plan is focused on returning the patient to optimal health and lifestyle while reducing the risk of future health problems by focusing on:
- Mind Body Spirit. Our cardiac rehabilitation programs recognize that heart disease is not just a mechanical obstacle; it is also a biochemical and spiritual challenge. We are committed to taking care of the whole person to bring them into optimal health.
- Using alternative care options. Using state-of-the-art technology, we provide a customized exercise program designed to promote optimal cardiac health based upon the ability to perform various exercises. These exercise programs may include yoga or various alternative forms of exercise depending upon individual needs.
- Providing education programs. Our patients receive individual counseling in a variety of areas including nutrition, stress management, weight loss, and smoking cessation.
Learn more at the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.