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Helping the Heart Through Cardiac Rehab

A rehabilitation program often can help heart patients live better with their disease and recover from medical procedures like surgery and angioplasty.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, cardiac rehab services are comprehensive (thorough) and long-term. They include a medical evaluation; exercise under a doctor's supervision; modification of cardiac risk factors; and education, counseling, and behavior modification.

Only a small percentage of the millions of cardiovascular patients, however, get the supervised exercise, stress management, and lifestyle adjustments that can help them recover.

Talk with your doctor

If you are being treated for heart disease, talk with your doctor about how a cardiac rehab program could aid your recovery. Your health care provider can help you devise a program that's right for you, according to your specific needs and health coverage benefits.

Getting worked up over a traffic jam or flying off the handle at a coworker can put some patients at greater risk of a second heart attack. Talk therapy, biofeedback, and meditation can teach relaxation instead of allowing tempers and heart problems to erupt.

The major components of any cardiac rehabilitation program should include the following:

Smoking cessation

Whatever you need to quit smoking from wearing a nicotine patch to undergoing hypnosis do it to quit this habit, says the American Heart Association. You should also avoid exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke since it can also increase your risk of another heart attack. 

Blood pressure control

Optimal blood pressure is less than 120/80. Blood pressure that is 120 to 139 for the top number (systolic reading) or 80 to 89 (diastolic) for the bottom number on two or more occasions is considered prehypertension, meaning there is a risk for developing hypertension. High blood pressure is when your blood pressure is 140/90 or higher (for either number) on 3 or more different occasions. Have your blood pressure checked regularly. In most cases, more than one medication may be needed to keep blood pressure under control. Make sure you and your doctor keep track of what you need to do to stay within healthy blood pressure levels.

Cholesterol checks

Consult with your doctor regarding your target total cholesterol and your target low-density lipoprotein, or LDL ("bad") cholesterol. Diet, exercise, and medication can help control cholesterol levels.

Exercise

You should engage in moderate- to high-intensity exercise 3 to 4 days a week, for an average of 40 minutes at a time. Follow your health care provider's advice on the intensity of your workout.

Diet

You should follow a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, as well as fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and mackerel.


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Physical Therapy 

Is your child having difficulties achieving development milestones such as rolling, sitting, crawling, standing, and/or walking? If so, our experienced physical therapists can help your child with their therapy needs in a warm and friendly setting.

Physical therapy can be of benefit to your child if he/she is experiencing or has experienced:

  • Prematurity
  • Torticolis, head tilt
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Spina Bifida
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Stroke
  • Delays in developmental milestones
  • Hypotonia, weakness, low tone
  • Hypertonia, tightness, high tone
  • Gross motor incoordination
  • Motor planning difficulties
  • Gait difficulties
  • Orthotic concerns
  • Neurological problems

 Occupational Therapy

Does your child find it hard to use his/her hands while reaching for toys, stacking blocks, scribbling with crayons, writing the alphabet, getting dressed, or eating? If so, he/she will benefit from occupational therapy. Your child will be provided with a thorough evaluation and treatment plan to develop the skills needed for home and school activities in a fun filled environment.

Your child will benefit from occupational therapy if he/she is experiencing or has experienced:

  • Fine motor delays
  • Sensory processing disorders
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)
  • Hypotonia, weakness, low tone
  • Hypertonia, tightness, high tone
  • Fine motor incoordination
  • Motor planning difficulties
  • Learning disabilities
  • Prematurity
  • Autism
  • Asperger’s syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Stroke
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Spina Bifida
  • Neurological problems

Speech Therapy

Does your child find it difficult to understand others, have conversations or use language inappropriately? Are they substituting one sound for another, omitting words and/or distorting sounds? Are they experiencing feeding aversions or oral motor issues? If so, your child will benefit from speech therapy intervention. Our experienced speech/language pathologists will provide a comprehensive speech/language/feeding evaluation and treatment plan in a child friendly environment.

Your child can benefit from speech therapy if he/she has:

  • Language delays
  • Speech delays
  • Articulation delays
  • Feeding difficulties
  • Oral motor delays
  • Stroke Neurological Problems
  • Developmental delays
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Down Syndrome
  • Autism
  • PDD
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Prematurity
  • Dysphagia
  • Hearing loss
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Stuttering
  • Vocal nodules
  • Brain injury