The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is located on the fifth floor of WHS Washington Hospital, where a therapy gym features treadmills, exercise bicycles, weights and other equipment. Throughout cardiac rehab, you will attend exercise sessions three times per week that include stretching, aerobics and resistive weight training. During each session, RNs and exercise physiologists will monitor your heart rate and blood pressure using electrocardiograms to ensure safety. The exercise program is designed to improve your cardiovascular fitness, strength and endurance.
Education is an important component of heart health. Weekly education sessions will help you and your family learn about healthy lifestyle habits. Group sessions and individual counseling are available to address:
- Medication and risk factor modification. Providers will share tips for managing medications and making changes to your daily habits that can improve heart health.
- Nutrition and weight control. You will learn how to control portions, read food labels and choose healthy foods, among other skills.
- Smoking cessation. If you smoke, you’ll learn about options for quitting, which is beneficial for your heart no matter how long you’ve been a smoker.
- Stress management. Learn tips to cope with the times when you feel like you have too much on your plate, which can contribute to high blood pressure and prompt you to make unhealthy choices, such as overeating.