Cardiac rehab specialists in Wasatch Front
Cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) at MountainStar Healthcare hospitals helps individuals return to healthy, productive lifestyles following life-changing cardiac events. It is part of our cardiac rehab program, which involves exercise that is medically-supervised by heart rehab exercise specialists. Here, we will help you achieve your optimal level of cardiac function and overall well-being.
For more information about our cardiac rehab services or for help finding a doctor, call our free, 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse line at (801) 715-4152.
Who needs cardiac rehab
Your heart is a muscle that can be strengthened through exercise that increases in amount and intensity over time. For this reason, cardiac rehab is useful for people of all ages who also have heart problems. It can help them:
- Address risk factors that lead to coronary heart disease and other heart problems, such as angina, coronary artery disease and heart failure
- Adopt healthy lifestyle changes
- Improve their health and quality of life
- Prevent future hospital stays, heart problems and other heart-related health complications
- Recover after a heart attack or heart surgery, such as coronary bypass surgery, heart valve repair/replacement, heart transplant or angioplasty/stent
How cardiac rehab programs work
Before you begin exercising, you will complete a thorough pre-entrance exam. We will use this to develop your specific exercise prescription. Within the guidelines of your prescription, our staff will supervise you as you participate in a variety of exercises. As you recover and get stronger, we will gradually increase the intensity of your activities according to your level of fitness.
Typically, cardiac rehab occurs in three, 60-90 minute sessions of exercise, education and counseling per week. This can last up to 12 weeks following the initial recovery from your heart event.
Learning about your heart
Our cardiac rehab program includes ongoing education about heart health. This is intended to give you the understanding of what’s necessary to achieve a lifetime of wellness.
Education topics include:
- Exercise for a healthy heart
- Heart healthy nutrition
- High cholesterol
- Risk factors for heart disease
- Smoking cessation
- Stress management
- Understanding heart disease
- Weight control
Who can participate
All of our patients who are being seen for heart problems or events are invited to participate in the cardiac rehab program. However, your physician will know the best treatment for your unique needs, so they must refer you to our program. In these cases, they will be kept informed of your progress with monthly reports and direct communication.
Cardiac Rehab Program at St. Mark's Hospital
We offer a comprehensive cardiac rehab program at St. Mark's Hospital. It includes education on heart-healthy living and counseling to help you adjust to the lifestyle changes necessary after a cardiac event. Your rehabilitative needs are the most important priority in this Cardiac Rehab Program. Together with our professionally-trained and compassionate staff, you will navigate your recovery and achieve the best outcome possible.
For more information about the cardiac rehab program at St. Mark's Hospital, please call (801) 266-3418.