Patient and Family Centered Care

Patient and Family Centered Care

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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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At Broward Health Coral Springs, we are committed to optimizing the quality of our healthcare and services. Our philosophy, as a patient and family-centered care facility, is that we are part of the patient's family during their stay with us.

What is Patient and Family-Centered Care?

The goal of patient and family-centered care is to enhance the care of the patient by building a partnership between the patient, family, and healthcare provider. By truly forming a mutually beneficial relationship, we not only involve families in decisions regarding the patient's care, but we also gain the advantage of their insight concerning the patient. This allows us to deliver more effective treatment.

Why is Patient and Family-Centered Care needed?

Numerous studies have shown that patients want to be involved in the decisions that affect their form of treatment and therefore their wellbeing.

Because Broward Health Coral Springs provides patient and family-centered care, this form of collaborative healing helps patients understand and manage their care more efficiently by allowing them to ask questions and voice their concerns freely.

By having our medical staff team up with their patients and family members while working with them at all levels of the decision making process, patients truly receive the best possible care available.

Offering respect for the patient's values and expressed needs, Broward Health Coral Springs has created an environment where patients and their families are heard by their medical team resulting in increased satisfaction and more positive outcomes for those in our care.

For more information about our services or a free physician referral, call the Broward Health Line at 954-759-7400.

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