What is Cardiac Rehab?
This is the rehabilitation an individual will go through to recover after a heart attack, heart failure, angioplasty, or heart surgery. A cardiac rehab programme will be supervised by a doctor and have input from a doctor, dietitian, exercise physiologist and or pharmacist.
Cardiac rehab will usually involve three equally important parts which are: exercise, education, and counselling. Exercise will be prescribed by exercise physiologists. Counselling is done to identify and cope with stressors in an individual’s life which can affect heart health. Education is a vital part of cardiac rehab, including understanding what the risk factors are and how to eliminate or minimise them.
What can an exercise physiologist do?
An exercise physiologist is a specialist in exercise and its effect on the human body. They have the knowledge and skills to develop unique exercise programs fit for the needs of the individual based on their condition and stage in recovery. An exercise physiologist can conduct exercise tests, prescribe exercises for the individual, educate the person and their family on safe activities and what to avoid, and collaborate with other members of the cardiac rehab care team to ensure the best care is provided to the individual.
All exercises provided in a programme will have carefully be considered to control the individual’s heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen levels to make certain that the exercises performed are going to achieve the required results without compromising the individual’s heart health and safety.
At Infused Health our highly trained Exercise Physiologists will work with you to rehabilitate and return to full health. You can make an appointment today by calling 0401 876 623.
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