Health & Wellness, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital's cardiac rehabilitation program, supports patients who have chronic diseases of the cardiovascular system. Whether recovering from a heart attack or working hard to minimize the effects of congestive heart failure, patients find the education, exercise equipment and support they need. All in a safe environment where highly-trained staff monitors heart function and can respond immediately to patients' needs.
In-patient Cardiac Rehab
For patients who have experienced recent heart attack, stent or balloon angioplasty; pre-heart bypass or valve surgery, heart failure, risk factors for heart disease (diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure), chest pain, we provide in-patient education about heart condition and healthy lifestyle including diet, exercise, smoking cessation and stress management.
In addition, once a patient has left the hospital, we have three different doctor-referred programs (Phase 2, 3, and Adult Fitness) based on level of medical supervision and heart monitoring required. It is generally recommended that patients be enrolled in outpatient cardiac rehab for 6 to 12 weeks. This ensures there is enough time devoted to education and individualized exercise in order to help them recover from their heart event and learn to live a healthier life.